COVID-19 End of Week Update + Contact Tracing 5/10/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Mother's Day and National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 10-16). ​​

I hope this finds you and yours healthy and in good spirits. As we continue to grieve those we've lost, our hearts remain full and grateful for what we once shared and what we have now.

Two weeks ago, Governor Baker established the Reopening Advisory Board. This group is charged with advising the administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics. To submit comments to the board, click here to access the form.

As we begin to hear of plans to reopen, we know the wisest public health path involves physical distancing and robust testing and contact tracing.

Launched last month, the state's Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) focuses on tracing the contacts of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients, and supporting individuals in quarantine. Remember, if an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the MA COVID Team will reach out by phone to connect the confirmed case with support and resources necessary for quarantine, and to identify any close contacts that may have been exposed.

As the CTC continues its contact tracing work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it is critical that residents answer the phone when a contact tracer calls or texts. Contact tracers will only reach out from phone numbers with 833 or 857 area codes, and the phone’s caller ID will say MA COVID Team.