The rapidly changing circumstances due to COVID-19 can be overwhelming. Here you can find resources that may be helpful for you or others.
As we settle into our "new normal," I wanted to check in with you to make sure you are doing well, and to see if you need anything from me.
If you need help, can provide help, or want to share your thoughts, you can do so using this form.
As you may know, a new hotline allows you to call 2-1-1 to learn about:
1) COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and treatment
2) Testing information
3) Guidance for people planning or returning from travel
Massachusetts 2-1-1 is open to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
These are unprecedented times, and I am learning right alongside you. I encourage you to stay calm, take reasonable steps to protect yourself and your loved ones, and find ways to stay healthy—both physically and mentally—as the situation evolves.
First and foremost, I want to encourage everyone who is able to shelter in place to stay home! The biggest threat is how contagious the virus is: each infected person transmits it to three people on average. You may have heard we need to "flatten the curve," which means slowing the spread so that our hospitals aren't inundated with patients at a rate they cannot handle. The best way to do this is to stay home if you are able.
While the federal government was initially slow to respond, we can all do our part now to help. People who are still working include the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who are stepping up to this challenge in a big way. Others helping to keep life moving are our trash collectors, grocery store workers, parcel delivery folks, utility company employees, and last but not least our brave first responders, among others, who are helping the rest of us stay home safely. Thank you to all of you who are helping keep life as normal as it can be.
While we "socially distance," keeping away from each other physically, it is important that we not socially isolate. In that vein, I am going to pass on a challenge issued to us by Lexington Select Board Member Suzie Barry: #Talk2Ten.
Call and check in on ten friends, family members, and neighbors a day. Ask them how they're doing and if they need anything while we wait out this crisis. Even though we cannot physically be together, technology allows us the next best thing. Thank you, Suzie, for recognizing how important it is that we stay connected and keep our spirits up!
Below are various links to resources, which you can also find on my website. Try not to get overwhelmed or frustrated—if you can't find something you're looking for, just ask, and I will help as best I can.