COVID-19 Evening Update 4/8/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this finds you well and treating yourself and others with patience and kindness.

As the Governor reminded us today, while we're still as a state on the "upward slope" with the worst yet to come, we all play a role to stop the spread of the virus and stay healthy. Remember, as you begin or continue to experience cabin fever, face coverings are important and not a substitute for physical distancing. People should follow US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice on face masks. They can include a cloth, scarf, or bandanna that covers a person’s mouth and nose, they should be washed regularly, and they shouldn’t be used on children under 2 or those who have trouble breathing.

As we anticipate federal stimulus dollars arriving in bank accounts soon, local, state and federal law enforcement is reminding us all to please be on guard for scammers seeking personal information as a precondition for federal aid. To be clear, the U.S. Government (i.e. the IRS, the SSA, etc.) is not sending emails or phone calls asking for personal information in exchange for federal aid. Look out for all the seniors in your life and let them know to be careful. If you received something you have a question about or you're concerned, you can call 3-1-1 or 2-1-1 or the Attorney General's Consumer Hotline at 617-727-8400 or visit: https://www.mass.gov/guides/resources-during-covid-19#-protect-yourself-from-scams-and-fraud-

Thank you for doing your part to keep us all safe, especially during these next few weeks.

Happy Passover,

Liz Malia

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