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COVID-19 | OVERVIEW
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.
Massachusetts COVID-19 Response Map
Developed by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Town of Newbury: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Local & State Announcements & Resources
Newbury’s Emergency Management Director/Police Chief Lucy, Health Agent Deb Rogers and Town Administrator Tracy Blais are in conversations 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.
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 | COMMUNITY RESOURCES
TOWN OF NEWBURY:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Local & State Announcements & Resources
Newbury’s Emergency Management Director/Police Chief Lucy, 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.
HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE
The Governor & Lieutenant Governor and DHCD proudly continue to provide eligible individuals & families with home heating assistance and energy services throughout the Commonwealth. Learn more about the COLD RELIEF/Energy Assistance Programs at: http://ow.ly/j9YA50Ch8wt
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…
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
ONLINE SUPPORT & RESOURCES:
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).
Eating Disorder Support and Resources
MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:
- Stay informed on the latest related to Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and COVID-19 by visiting the Mass.gov website at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-covid-19-unemployment-information
- Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance Announces Guidance On CARES Act Implementation
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): PUA provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-pandemic-unemployment-assistance
- Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Virtual Town Halls – Learn in a step by step process how to achieve a successful unemployment claim and ask questions of the Commonwealth. Click the link above for more info.
- Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
- MA Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-resources-and-guidance-for-businesses
- US Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-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.
- Anna Jaques Hospital
- Newbury Police Department
- Newbury Police Department COVID-19 Information
- Newbury (Town of Newbury)
- Newburyport Police Department
- Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)
- MA 211 – Dial 2-1-1 to get information about critical health and human services available in Massachusetts, or go to mass211.org
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
- WCBV Weather/School Closings
BE PREPARED: Storm Surge has put together local information (Nbpt. area & North Shore) to help prepare for emergency events. This includes Newburyport Emergency Contacts, Emergency Supplies & Preparation, Utilities & Resources, and Evacuation Plans & Kits. Applicable to residents & business owners. Details at: http://ow.ly/S0ni50Bz5fL
- CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Disaster Distress Helpline 1 (800) 985-5990 – Talk with a trained crisis counselor at SAMHSA’s hotline
- EPA: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (General information for disasters)
- FEMA.gov | Federal Emergency Management Agency
- MedlinePlus – A service of the the National Library of Medicine
- National Weather Service
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (NCTSN) – What you should know, readiness, and response
- RedCross.org: Staying Safe in the Immediate Aftermath of a Disaster
- Ready.gov: Plan ahead for disasters
- USA.gov: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
- WHO: World Health Organization