Informational Guide during Coronavirus

PUBLIC HEALTH information

Baker-Polito Announce Most Covid Restrictions will Lift May 29
Any persons not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks and distance until they are.

Massachusetts: VACCINATION TIMELINE Update:

All residents can preregister to book an appointment at a mass vaccination site at mass.gov/COVIDVaccine.

Timeline for eligibility for groups (current phase always includes people from an earlier phase):

The full timeline is available at mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases.

The Administration has received assurances from the federal government that an increased vaccine supply will be available to states soon. Depending on supply, it could take weeks for people to be notified that an appointment is available at a mass vaccination site.

Resources for coping with Substance Addiction & PTSD:

DIAL 211: MA VACCINATION HOTLINE FOR SENIORS 75+

VACCINATION INFO HOTLINE: 413-449-5575

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTERING (OR RE-ENTERING) MASSACHUSETTS

Individuals experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness can call the Berkshire Health Systems Hotline at
855-262-5465
between the hours of 7am and 7pm, 7 days/week.
and/or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) 24/7 Epidemiology line at (617) 983-6800.

Elizabeth Freeman Center: Domestic and Sexual Violence Response
866.401.2425

GOV. BAKER LAUNCHES #MaskUpMa

Baker-Polito Administration Outlines Re-Opening Phases & Requirements

LIVE Covid Test Site Locator at mass.gov/covidtestmap

24/7 SAFELINK Crisis Hotline for victims of Domestic or Sexual Abuse: (877) 785-2020. LEARN MORE.
“WARM Line” for those Suffering Mental Distress During Covid: (413) 445-1136 until 8:00 pm daily. Confidential, Free.
MA Dept. of Public Health addressing DOMESTIC ABUSE, CHILD ABUSE, MENTAL HEALTH

Call 211 to reach the state call center for health information. Free & Multilingual.

Berkshire Medical Center toll-free hotline for questions/concerns: 855-BMC-LINK – or – 855-262-5465  (7 days/week, 7AM – 7PM)

Buoy Health Care Tool

Buoy Health’s online 24/7 tool is free for Massachusetts residents and uses current COVID-19 guidance from the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Visit buoy.com/mass to learn more and use the tool.

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is checking Voicemail and SignMail messages left on our main numbers: Voice (617) 740-1600 and Video Phone: (617) 326-7546, and will respond within one business day.

For interpreter/CART requests are being processed online, visit https://www.mcdhh.net/request/ to submit your request.

Text Alerts – Text “COVIDMA” to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alerts straight to your phone and stay up to date with the latest news + updates from the Commonwealth.

Massachusett’s Emergency Management Operations Center’s Private Sector Hotline: 508-820-2094  (M–F, 8AM – 4PM)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health: 617-983-6800 (24-hour emergency hotline)

Report Child Abuse or Neglect to Mass DCF

from Governor Baker’s Office:

MassHealth Waiver

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved, in part, the Baker-Polito Administration’s 1135 waiver to fast-track MassHealth enrollment, streamline administrative requirements for providers and better deliver critically needed health care services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. CMS has approved the following items of the waiver:

  • Enrollment of out-of-state providers and easing other provider requirements when enrolling in MassHealth.
  • Allowing providers to be reimbursed for care in alternative, unlicensed settings.
  • Suspension of prior authorization requirements and extending pre-existing prior authorizations through the emergency.