Over the past several weeks, we’ve shared resources across our social media platforms, and now we’re launching a centralized page that has national, state, and local resources to help you navigate this challenging time.
This crisis continues to alter our daily lives and affect our loved ones. It is critically important that we take the necessary steps to limit the spread of this disease. We should all be listening to the advice of public health officials and medical professionals by social distancing and sheltering in place. High-risk groups are depending on populations of low-risk people to help curb the spread of this deadly virus. Avoiding public spaces, staying indoors, and avoiding contact with others can help to slow the spread of the virus and protect those among us who are most vulnerable.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Be Advised: Adults 60 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are more likely to develop serious illness.
- Only leave your home for essentials (food and medicine). You can go outside for some fresh air or exercise, but if you do so, continue to avoid unnecessary contact with others.
- You should still run essential errands such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy but should practice social distancing when shopping. If you are at high-risk, you should inquire about your local pharmacy/grocery store’s alternative hours for high risk individuals.
- When going to the pharmacy you should fill your prescriptions for 90 days if possible; for some medications this is not allowed. If you are high-risk you should try to use a mail-order service.
- You can still go to the gas station, order and pick up take-out food, and receive deliveries.
- You can still go outside to get fresh air, however, you must practice social distancing white outside and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others.
- You are encouraged to use remote modes of communication such as telephone or video chat (Facetime, Skype, Facebook Messenger Video Chat) instead of visiting friends or family. This especially true for a hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care settings
- Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must be rescheduled.
- If possible, health care visits should be done remotely.
- Parents should not arrange playdates for children during this time.
- All individuals must eliminate close contact activities such as in pick-up sports games.
- What is social distancing?
- Social distancing is the practice of avoiding large crowds or, if you must be around people, keeping 6 feet between you and the next person. Social distancing slows the spread of an outbreak and is currently recommended for everyone.
- How does it slow the spread?
- The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The coronavirus is not airborne and does not travel through walls: it is spread through person-to-person contact and the respiratory droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes.
- If you put space between yourself and others, you are less likely to become infected and spread it yourself.
Protecting ourselves from the spread of COVID-19 is essential. Following official guidelines for personal hygiene and social distancing should be a high priority for everyone.
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network is listing affiliate members who are being impacted by the crisis and need support. Any current Massachusetts Nonprofit Network affiliate members who want to be listed should contact [email protected].
- Resources for reducing stress and healthy coping
- Combating isolation and loneliness
- Tips and activities for children:
- Stigma and discrimination prevention:
- Multilingual resources on COVID-19:
- Unemployment, housing, and misc. information:
- News and social media accounts to follow:
- Mental Health Crisis Support:
- Contact Line
- Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program:
- Emergency Order re: Essential Services and Assemblage Guidance:
- Administrative Tax Relief Measures:
- MGCC Small Business Recovery Loan Fund:
- MEMA’s Emergency Operations Center’s Private Sector Hotline:
- Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development Resources:
- COVID-19 Preparedness for the Cultural Sector
- COVID-19 Tools and Resources for Nonprofits:
- Running a Food Business in the Face of COVID-19