Category Archives: COVID-19

Federal covid monies for Medfield

This email today from the Division of Local Services (DLS) contains a link to a spreadsheet that details the Federal covid related monies the Town of Medfield and the 350 other Massachusetts cities and towns have been allocated and have received – by clicking here;

COVID-Related Federal Funding Information

On behalf of Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, and Secretary Heffernan, please find information about COVID-related federal funding that is available to or has already been claimed by the municipalities. The goal of these documents is to consolidate existing information and present it in a format that can be a resource for you.
 
Please be advised that this information changes regularly as the federal government provides updates and additional guidance.
 
The information provided, which is current as of April 1, 2021, includes:
An excel spreadsheet with information broken down by municipality available by clicking here;
 A companion document, entitled “Municipality Program Descriptions”, which explains each source of funding and their eligible uses as determined by the federal government available here.For additional details on general Covid-19 Federal Funds, you can also refer to this website: http://www.mass.gov/federalfunds.
 

20 cases over the last 14 days.

Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 3/18/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 20 cases over the last 14 days.

UPDATEView all updates
March 19, 2021 09:29 AM

Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 3/18/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 20… Read on

Click here to open the dashboard.

Covid voting changes extended

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –

 
Breaking News from the MMA  
Gov. Baker signs law to extend pandemic-related voting changes

A law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker today provides a three-month extension for a number of changes to voting procedures that were enacted last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including early voting by mail.

The new law does the following:
• Allows a city or town with a municipal caucus or annual or special municipal election scheduled before June 30, 2021, to postpone such municipal caucus or municipal election to a date certain not later than Aug. 1, 2021

• Allows the select board, board of selectmen, town council or board of registrars to vote to eliminate a municipal caucus scheduled to occur before July 31, 2021, and, in the alternative, use nomination papers to nominate candidates …

Medfield to get $1.28 million of Federal $

Congressman Auchincloss’s office sends explanation of the Medfield monies in the American Rescue Plan

I have inserted below the email and both of its attachments that came last night.

From: Hanson, Dana
Date: Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 6:56 PM
Subject: American Rescue Plan Info for Medfield
To:
CC: osler.peterson@verizon.net

Dear Ms. Trierweiler,

Attached are a couple of resources that Congressman Auchincloss asked me to forward over to you regarding the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress and just signed by President Biden.  The good news is that help is on the way!  Medfield will receive an estimated $1.28 million directly from the federal government.  This does not include other American Rescue Act funding that will come from the Commonwealth, Norfolk County, and additional dedicated school funding.

The first attachment is a baseline summary of this critical legislation that is going to help us get shots in arms, kids back in school, Americans back to work, and much needed relief to state and local governments.

The second attachment is a slide deck on the total funding that Medfield will receive from the American Rescue Plan’s Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Relief fund. Please note this is a preliminary estimate. This also includes details on when funds are expected to be disbursed, when the funding will expire, how it may be spent, and an explanation of why Medfield is receiving this amount.  The deck also includes information on school funding that the state will distribute to districts.

We want to be a resource for Medfield as this critical funding begins to make its way to Massachusetts and our congressional district.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out via this Google form if you have any questions, or attend a Zoom Q&A session on Thursday, March 18th at 5pm ET, and we’ll do our best to get you answers.

All my best,

Dana

DANA HANSON  |  District Director
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Office of Congressman Jake Auchincloss, MA-4

29 Crafts Street Suite 375, Newton, MA 02458

Cell: (617) 645-7552

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The American Rescue Plan
The COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic crisis have undermined the health and economic wellbeing of American workers. Millions of Americans, many of whom are people of color, immigrants, and low-wage workers, continue to put their lives on the line every day to keep the country functioning through the pandemic. And more than 9.5 million workers have lost their jobs in the wake of COVID-19, with 4 million out of work for half a year or longer. Without additional government assistance, the economic and public health crises could drag on and our national vaccination program will be hobbled at a critical moment.
The American Rescue Plan will change the course of the pandemic and deliver immediate relief for American workers. The plan will build a bridge to an equitable economic recovery and immediately reduce child poverty. In fact, a Columbia University study found that passing the plan will lift more than 5 million children out of poverty this year, cutting the poverty rate by 50%. The bill is one of the most progressive pieces of legislation in history, with more than two thirds of its tax cuts and direct payments going to families making less than $90,000 per year. It will:
Mount a national vaccination program, contain COVID-19, and safely reopen schools. American workers should not have to lie awake at night wondering if they’ll make it home from work safely the next day, or if they’ll bring home the virus to their loved ones and communities. President Biden has a comprehensive plan to address the pandemic that will:
• Invest about $160 billion to provide the supplies, emergency response, testing, and public health workforce to stop the spread of COVID-19, while distributing vaccines as quickly as possible and addressing racial disparities in COVID-19 outcomes. These emergency measures will help combat the heavy toll this virus is exacting, and will deliver community-based and culturally competent care.
• Provide $130 billion to help schools serve all students, no matter where they are learning, and help achieve President Biden’s goal to safely open the majority of K-8 schools within the first 100 days of his Administration. These investments include set asides at the local and state level to ensure states and districts address the learning loss and social and emotional needs of students disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including students of color, English learners, and students with disabilities.
Deliver immediate relief to American families bearing the brunt of this crisis. The American Rescue Plan devotes about $1 trillion towards building a bridge to economic recovery for working families. All told, a single parent with one young child making the minimum wage could see her income increase from the equivalent of $7.25 to around $11 per hour. The plan will:
• Give working families a $1,400 per-person check, bringing their total relief payment from this and the December down payment to $2,000. More than 85% of households will receive a check and checks in this bill are bigger than the checks in the CARES Act or in the December bill. And, for the first time, adult dependents are entitled to a check as well. This
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means a lower or middle-income family of four will see an additional $5,600 in their pockets.
• Extend current unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility to September 6 (saving 11 million Americans from losing benefits starting in about a week), provide a $300 per week supplement, and help protect Americans from surprise tax bills on unemployment insurance they received last year.
• Help Americans stay in their homes by providing emergency aid to cover back rent. In addition, the bill provides assistance to help struggling homeowners catch up with their mortgage payments and utility costs through the Homeowners Assistance Fund. And, it provides additional funding for families and individuals who are recovering from or at risk of homelessness.
• Increase the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The American Rescue Plan will increase SNAP benefits by 15 percent through September 2021. The bill also funds partnerships with restaurants to feed American families and keep workers in the restaurant industry on the job. And, it provides U.S. territories like Puerto Rico additional nutrition assistance funding, in addition to funding to make sure women, infants and children get the food they need to help address food insecurity.
• Increase the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for a child under age 6) and make 17-year-olds qualifying children for the year. This means a typical family of four with two young children will receive an additional $3,200 in assistance to help cover costs associated with raising children. The families of more than 66 million kids will benefit.
• Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit for 17 million workers by as much as $1,000. The top occupations that will benefit are cashiers, food preparers and servers, and home health aides – frontline workers who have helped their communities get through the crisis.
• Expand child care assistance, help hard-hit child care providers cover their costs, and increase tax credits to help cover the cost of childcare. This is the single biggest investment in child care since World War II.
• Give families an additional tax credit to help cut child care costs. Families will get back as a refundable tax credit as much as half of their spending on child care for children under age 13, so that they can receive a total of up to $4,000 for one child or $8,000 for two or more children.
• Provide an additional $1 billion for states to cover the additional cash assistance that Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients needed as a result of the crisis.
• Lower or eliminate health insurance premiums for millions of lower- and middle-income families enrolled in health insurance marketplaces. A family of four making $90,000 could see their monthly premium come down by $200 per month. This will help well over a million uninsured Americans gain coverage. The plan also subsidizes premiums for continuation health coverage (COBRA).
Support communities that are struggling in the wake of COVID-19. Millions of American workers reside in communities that suffered disproportionately in recent months. The Plan provides critical support to these communities. It will:
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• Provide emergency grants, lending, and investment to hard-hit small businesses so they can rehire and retain workers and purchase the health and sanitation equipment they need to keep workers safe. This includes a Small Business Opportunity Fund to provide growth capital to main street small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas, including minority-owned businesses.
• Distribute more than $360 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to ensure that they are in a position to keep front line public workers on the job and paid, while also effectively distributing the vaccine, scaling testing, reopening schools, and maintaining other vital services. State and local employment has fallen by around 1.4 million jobs since the pandemic began including layoffs of 1 million educators, compared to around 750,000 job losses during the Great Recession.
• Help hard-hit public transit agencies avoid layoffs and service reductions, which disproportionately harm workers who are more likely to be dependent on public transportation.

Floral Heart Project

From Melissa Coughlin, about her involvement last week with the Medfield part of a nationwide memorial for COVID-19 victims –

Thank you for letting us put the floral garland on the Medfield Town Hall Lawn. 

Here is a photo, it went beautifully🌸🌼🌸

Melissa Coughlin

23 cases over the last 14 days

Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 2/25/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 23 cases over the last 14 days.

UPDATEView all updates
February 26, 2021 02:07 PM
Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 2/25/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 23… Read on
Click here to open the dashboard.

MMA on State’s Steps

 
Breaking News from the MMA  

Mass. to return to Step 2 of Phase 3 Monday, advance to Phase 4 on March 22

The Baker-Polito administration announced today that Massachusetts will return to Step 2 of Phase 3 of the state’s four-phase reopening plan on Monday, March 1, and will transition to Step 1 of Phase 4 three weeks later, on March 22.

Gov. Charlie Baker said the steps to further reopen the Commonwealth’s economy were being taken because public health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction, including drops in average daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, while vaccination rates continue to increase.

The administration released its reopening plan on May 18, 2020, conditioning any progress on sustained improvements in public health data. The state had advanced to Step 2 of Phase 3 last October, but returned to the previous step on Dec. 13 in response to an increase in new COVID infections and hospitalizations following the Thanksgiving holiday. The step back reduced capacities across a broad range of sectors and tightened several other workplace restrictions. …

CVS today had vaccine appointments

CVS in Medfield did have available vaccine appointments earlier today.

Vaccinations – on-line improvements

From new on-line vaccine help from MASSterList.com –


State unveils new and improved website: Vaxfinder.mass.gov
 
Gov. Charlie Baker has obviously concluded the state’s original vaccination website wasn’t as easy to use as he once touted. GBH’s Mike Deehan reports that state has rolled out a new and (hopefully) improved vaccination-search website – Vaxfinder.mass.gov.Meanwhile, the Globe’s John Hilliard reports that the state’s COVID-19 call center has expanded to weekends.GBH

Hurray Olivia Adams!

Article from PATCH about a software engineer on maternity leave creating the website the state had not – this is what we have all been looking for. This is from Olivia Adams’ site just now:

Gillette Stadium Foxborough

02/07/2021: 2 slots

02/08/2021: 385 slots

02/09/2021: 398 slots

02/10/2021: 43 slots

02/11/2021: 1546 slots

02/12/2021: 2048 slots

02/13/2021: 1618 slots

02/14/2021: 2092 slots

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Website Showing Open Vaccine Slots In MA Created By Arlington Mom

Olivia Adams, a software engineer on maternity leave, created the site after seeing people struggle to find appointments.

Neal McNamara's profile pictureNeal McNamara, Patch StaffVerified Patch Staff BadgePosted Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 9:50 am ET|Updated Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm ET

A man receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the Fenway Park mass vaccination site on Jan. 29.
A man receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the Fenway Park mass vaccination site on Jan. 29. (Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, MA — An Arlington woman on maternity leave from her job as a software engineer has done what state officials have so far struggled to do: create an easy way for people to find COVID-19 vaccine appointments open in the state.https://c2de1177f417335b1d733f04ddf620ed.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Olivia Adams launched the site macovidvaccines.com this week. It features a list of vaccination sites around the state, and for each one a list of dates and the number of open slots. For example, the site showed 1,764 slots open on Feb. 12 at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield on Saturday morning.

Adams, who works for Athenahealth, has included vaccination sites from the state’s main vaccination map, as well as private sites run by pharmacies and other medical facilities. So far, she’s working alone, but is seeking help and donations to keep the project going.

The site was born out of the state’s rocky vaccine rollout. People over age 75 became eligible for the vaccine on Feb. 1, with more groups set to be eligible in the coming weeks.

“In January, during my maternity leave, I started working on creating [the website],” she wrote on a GoFundMe page. “My mother-in-law was having trouble booking an appointment for her vaccine, and then had the same trouble when she was trying to get her father vaccinated. I kept hearing the same frustrations over and over — from family, from friends, and on the news. The sign-up process was too confusing, too disjointed.” . . .