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APRIL 9, 2020
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The community liaisons working with the Northern Berkshire COVID-19 Operations Center are available to support communities by providing information and connecting people with resources.
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TODAY'S UPDATE
WHAT'S NEW IN TODAY'S UPDATE?

It's crucial that we ALL continue to practice social distancing. See the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Stay-at-Home Advisory for guidance and recommendations, including:
  • Only leave home for essential errands such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy. When you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others (and follow the CDC recommendation to wear cloth face coverings in public settings [see below]).
  • You can still go outside to get fresh air, but make sure you practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others. Don’t participate in close contact activities such as pick-up sports games.
  • Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family. Refrain from visiting nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, or other residential care settings.

Remember: the best way to fight COVID-19 is not to spread it to others!

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow Spread | CDC

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

NEW! COVID-19 CASES IN MASSACHUSETTS AS OF APRIL 9, 2020

State update
Berkshire County update
  • Cases: 304 (+23 from April 8)
  • Deaths: 20 (+1 from April 8)
North Adams update
  • Cases: 21 (+0 from April 8); 14 released from isolation
  • Deaths: 1 (+0 from April 8)
NEW! SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the expansion of SafeLink, the Commonwealth’s statewide, 24/7, toll-free and confidential domestic violence hotline to now include resources and support for survivors of sexual assault. Previously, SafeLink served as a hotline to specifically connect domestic violence survivors to services. This expansion of services will allow SafeLink to triage calls to local area rape crisis centers and create a centralized number for any survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault to call and receive services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This hotline is designed for crisis intervention support for those who need assistance in safety planning measures for both themselves and their families. This resource is now available through the 2-1-1 line as an additional method for victims to access help and resources.

The SafeLink toll-free number is (877) 785-2020. For the hearing-impaired, the SafeLink TTY number is (877) 521-2601. Advocates are available in English and Spanish and can provide translation in more than 130 languages.

If you are experiencing violence within your home or concerned about a loved one that may be experiencing violence, please call the SafeLink hotline for support and resources.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1. 

As the Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito noted today, while necessary, precautionary social distancing measures can leave survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence vulnerable and at increased risk. I want to thank the Lieutenant Governor for her leadership and advocacy, and her commitment to providing support and resources for survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault statewide. Locally, the Berkshire County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force continues to ensure a strong focus on providing services and public awareness of domestic and sexual violence and support for vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to SafeLink, the Elizabeth Freeman Center offers offer free and confidential counseling, shelter, legal advocacy, safety planning, teen dating violence prevention education, a 24/7 hotline [(866) 401-2425], and much more. 

NEW! CARES ACT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT IMPLEMENTATION
Massachusetts Announces Initial Implementation Of New Federal Unemployment Benefits From CARES Act
The Baker-Polito Administration earlier today announced details for the initial implementation of federal unemployment benefits in the CARES Act, the federal based COVID-19 relief package. Understanding the great urgency of Commonwealth residents to access these benefits, DUA has issued new guidance to instruct all qualifying residents of what actions they can now take to access CARES Act benefit programs. These new unemployment benefit programs include: 
  • Retroactive and continuing additional $600 per week for regular unemployment compensation for eligible claimants. This program is being implemented now.
  • Expanded support for people not traditionally covered in the unemployment system, such as self-employed or gig economy workers. DUA is building a platform to implement this program, which will be available soon.
  • 13-week extension of benefits for individuals who have exhausted previous unemployment benefits. DUA continues to await federal implementation guidance for this program.

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NEW! SUPPORT FOR HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE, COVID-19 PATIENTS 
 
Today, Governor Baker issued three emergency orders to further support the Commonwealth’s health care workforce and expand its capacity, as well as ensure access to in-patient services for COVID-19 patients. These orders include:
  • Easing licensing restrictions for foreign-educated doctors to allow medical practice in the Commonwealth: This order specifically allows graduates of international medical schools who have successfully completed at least two years of postgraduate resident medical training in the US to be eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth. Read the Order.

  • Expediting licensure of nursing students and graduates: This order allows nursing school graduates and students in their final semesters of nursing programs to practice nursing in advance of receiving a license, provided that they are directly supervised by other licensed medical professionals. Read the Order.

  • Ensuring access to in-patient services: This order mandates that insurers must cover all medically required costs of COVID-19 treatment in out-of-network hospitals or other medical facilities with no charge to the patient, including co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance payments. Health care providers and medical facility insurers must accept the following rates for out-of-plan treatment:
    • If insurers have a contract with a provider or facility: contracted rate even if the patient is not in a network that covers the provider or facility
    • If insurer has no contract with a provider or facility: 135 percent of the applicable Medicare rate

    • Insurers may not balance bill, or charge, patients for amounts above the above specified payments.

Read the Order

 

NEW! ORDER FROM THE NORTH ADAMS BOARD OF HEALTH REGARDING GROCERY STORE OCCUPANCY
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On March 25, 2020, the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued an order relevant to Grocery Stores to provide continuation of essential services while additionally reducing exposure of shoppers and employees to COVID-19 (hereinafter, the Order). On April 7, 2020, the Department of Public Health issued further guidance pursuant to that Order to clarify and enable essential services to be provided. During the statewide Emergency Declaration, this guidance has the force of law. The state guidance, which has been adopted by the North Adams Board of Health, reads in part,

1. Store Specific Maximum Permissible Occupancy Levels

(a) Each Grocery Store and Convenience Store shall limit occupancy to 40 percent of its maximum permitted occupancy level as documented in its occupancy permit on record with the municipal building department in order to provide for in-store social distancing while preserving sufficient access for the public to supplies of food and necessities.

 i. Stores with a maximum occupancy of 25 persons or less are exempt from this requirement. Social distancing must be maintained for employees and the public while in the store.

(b) The occupant count shall include customers and employees.

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