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COVID-19 | Coronavirus: OVERVIEW

MassachusettsCOVID-19 Text Message Notification System
MA residents can subscribe to real-time notifications by texting “COVIDMA” to 888-777. After signing up, state and public health officials can send short messages and links to information directly to a resident’s cell phone or other mobile device. More information: https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-launches-a-covid-19-text-message-notification-system-text-covidma-to-888-777-for

Massachusetts COVID-19 Response Map
Developed by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)


The status of the COVID-19 coronavirus is rapidly changing. For the latest information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control’s coronavirus webpage. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s coronavirus page and the Boston Public Health Comission’s coronavius page will also be kept up to date and will include more specific information about any location-specific information you may need to know.

Town of Newbury: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Local & State Announcements & Resources
Newbury’s Emergency Management Director/Police Chief Michael Reilly, Health Agent Deb Rogers and Town Administrator Tracy Blais are in conversations daily with the Mass DPH, CDC and the Mass Municipal Organization.  Substantial Updates will be communicated as necessary, but to review some recent Orders & Press Releases, please visit: https://www.townofnewbury.org/home/pages/coronavirus-covid-19-local-state-annoucements-resources

Newbury Police Department
The Newbury Police Department’s webpage on COVID-19 Information can be found at https://www.newburypolice.org/covid-19-information

And please beware of scams. The WHO has a dedicated page listing potential scams seeking to steal money or sensitive information from people. Improve your cyber security by reading the WHO’s information and tips.

Coronavirus Myth Busters from the WHO (World Health Organization)

Need help talking to your kids about COVID-19? Staff at the National Public Radio used interviews from various public health and social work experts to create a comic about what kids may want to know.

COVID-19 Information Portal
For reliable information on COVID-19, check out EBSCO’s COVID-19 Information Portal, which pulls together a wide variety of content for the general public, health care professionals, and researchers. It includes resources from relevant agencies such as the CDC, WHO, and other governmental and nongovernmental organizations, as well as related EBSCO health databases.

COVID-19 | Coronavirus: COMMUNITY RESOURCES

TOWN OF NEWBURY:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Local & State Announcements & Resources

Newbury’s Emergency Management Director/Police Chief Michael Reilly, Health Agent Deb Rogers and Town Administrator Tracy Blais are in conversations daily with the Mass DPH, CDC and the Mass Municipal Organization.  Substantial Updates will be communicated as necessary, but to review some recent Orders & Press Releases, please visit: https://www.townofnewbury.org/home/pages/coronavirus-covid-19-local-state-annoucements-resources

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) & MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARIES:
INFORMATION FOR PATRONS

The Massachusetts Library System in collaboration with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has published a guide with information about COVID-19, as well as resources for parents, children, and older adults. Please check out this comprehensive collection of information and resources.

FOOD PANTRIES & MEAL PROGRAMS:
These are hard times, but no one should have to go hungry. For information on food pantries and meal programs in the Newbury area, please take a look the following…
Transition Newburyport
Pettengill House Food Pantry
Our Neighbor’s Table
Meals on Wheels (Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley/North Shore Elder Services)
* For full information on Meals on Wheels & North Shore Elder Services, check out their Green Book (PDF)
Essex County Hunger Relief
Old South Church Sunday Sandwiches (curbside)
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP) 
Project Bread Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333 

*Early grocery store hours for seniors – Market Basket and Shaws 

 

ONLINE SUPPORT & RESOURCES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN:

Domestic Violence Support and Resources

    • Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport is providing virtual support in Survivor Services, including advocacy, counseling, legal assistance and support groups. While social distancing is important during this outbreak, we know that this will be an especially hard time for those who experience domestic violence. We will do everything we can to continue to provide our services to those that need it. Visit their website for specific information during the COVID-19 pandemic at https://jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org/stories/an-update-on-our-services-during-coronavirus-covid-19/ and as always, their 24/7 Confidential Hotline is available at (978) 388-1888; (800) 439-0183 (TTY)
    • Mass.gov has published numerous domestic violence programs available across Massachusetts. Please visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/domestic-violence-programs-for-survivors for more information.
    • The SafeLink 24/7 Crisis Hotline is (877) 785-2020 (877-521-2601 for TTY). 

AddictionPolicy.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Massachusetts – COVID-19 Resource Page

Eating Disorder Support and Resources

 

MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:

 

SMALL BUSINESSES

Emergency Resources

In the event of an emergency situation arising from weather conditions, the library will remain open as long as Newbury Town Hall is open and minimum staffing is met. During the hours that Town Hall is open, the library will maintain its usual daytime schedule.  If Town Hall delays opening or closes due to weather conditions, the library will do the same.

The closing of the library at any other time is at the discretion of the library director based on current or projected road conditions, weather forecasts, health, safety or building concerns.

When Newbury schools are closed or have a delayed opening, any scheduled library programs will be cancelled.  Library users should contact the library or check the library’s web site to see if other programs or Meeting Room bookings have been cancelled.