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FEMA Offers to Reimburse Families for COVID-19 Funeral Costs

WWLP – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA is now offering reimbursement for funeral costs due to COVID-19. Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin is encouraging those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 to visit his official website for information on applying for assistance with funeral costs. “So many people have lost loved ones to this…

Cape Cod Commission introduces COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Toolkits for Cape Cod’s local businesses

Industry-specific strategies for addressing current challenges and planning for business continuity The Cape Cod Commission is pleased to present the second round of its COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Workshop Series, an initiative designed to support business owners who are navigating the economic impacts of the pandemic and planning for future resiliency. This round of virtual…

Baker Advocates Post-Pandemic Housing and Infrastructure Push

WGBH – With an end to the pandemic in sight, Gov. Charlie Baker has his eyes on shoring up the state’s housing stock and infrastructure for the post-pandemic world. Baker said the most recent round of federal funding in the American Rescue Plan Act included about $475 million dollars for rental assistance in Massachusetts, which will…

Health-Care Providers Can Now be Paid More Than $45 per COVID-19 Shot

Boston Globe – After garnering national attention for its decision to pay unusually high rates to health care providers for administering COVID vaccines, Massachusetts is no longer an outlier. Governor Charlie Baker’s administration in January decided to reimburse providers about $90 for each two-dose vaccination they gave to people covered by MassHealth, the state Medicaid program for low-income…

Rescue Act Steers Nearly $400 Million to Massachusetts Counties

State House News – County commissioners in parts of Massachusetts where they still exist are used to managing relatively modest budgets, using funds collected through local taxes and fees to maintain courthouses, support regional schools or to manage pensions for employees. But with $1.3 billion earmarked in the federal stimulus law for counties around the state,…

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium through June

Boston Globe – Struggling renters just got more time to sort out their finances. The Biden administration has extended a ban on many evictions for another three months, just days before it was set to expire. Citing the ongoing pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control said it will continue the moratorium until the end of June.…

Testing Shows COVID Positivity Below 1 Percent In Schools

WGBH – There is little transmission of COVID-19 in the state’s schools, according to Gov. Charlie Baker. The Baker Administration released a report that found a 0.76 percent test positivity rate in schools throughout Massachusetts that took part in the state’s pooled testing program, which screens samples from students and staff to determine if the virus…

To Re-Open High Schools Faster, Vaccinate Teens, says BPS Superintendent

Boston Globe – Teenagers 16 and older should be prioritized for a coronavirus vaccine and schools should hold vaccination clinics, Boston Superintendent Brenda Cassellius told US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. “High school students are struggling,” Cassellius said. “They’re isolated.” The vaccine “would bring some normalcy to their lives.” Cassellius made her appeal during a visit with…

Boston implements Vaccine Equity Grant Initiative

The Daily Press – Boston Mayor Kim Janey announced a Vaccine Equity Grant Initiative Friday that is designed to increase access and awareness among communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program — a joint effort between Janey, the Boston Public Health Commission and the Office of Health and Human Services — includes $1.5 million…

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine 100% Effective in Kids 12 To 15

CBS Boston – Pfizer says that its COVID-19 vaccine is 100-percent effective in children ages 12 to 15. Right now their two-shot vaccine is approved for people 16 and older. But the company now hopes to expand that to ages 12 and up after preliminary results from this small study. Pfizer said 2,260 children ages 12…
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