COVID-19 is bringing a lot of changes to our lives, including stress and anxiety. We’ve put together these helpful resources for you during this challenging time.
U.S. Center for Disease Control
The CDC is closely monitoring COVID-19 coronavirus developments. To learn about the coronavirus, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and how the virus spreads, visit the CDC website for more information.
- For what to do if you are sick, please access the CDC Coronavirus Guide.
- Many towns have opened drive through testing locations. For information on testing sites in your area, please visit your State Health Department.
- The CDC has issued detailed advice for older Americans who are at higher risk for more serious symptoms of COVID-19. Learn more about the COVID-19 Checklist for Older Adults.
- About COVID-19 (from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet (from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Hand Washing Fact Sheet (from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Steps to take if you think you are sick
- How to disinfect your home if someone is sick
How to Stay Informed
Here are a few helpful resources to stay up-to-date:
- Centers for Disease and Prevention Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
- Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment
- Call the Massachusetts state-supported 2-1-1 hotline to learn more about COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, treatment. Information about testing, and guidance for people planning or returning from travel. This service is available 24/7 in multiple languages.
- Sign up to receive Cape Cod Health News, a news service of Cape Cod Healthcare.
- Information about COVID-19 outbreak (from Mass.Gov)
Emotional Health & Personal Care
✓ Maintaining emotional health and well-being – CLICK HERE
Resources and tips to help boost emotional health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.
✓ Massachusetts 2-1-1 – CLICK HERE
Massachusetts residents are urged to use 2-1-1 for information, resources, and referrals regarding COVID-19. Operators are staffing this hotline 24/7 and translators are available in multiple languages. If you need emotional support during these stressful times, call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option. Residents with questions can dial 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone or use the live chat option on the Mass 211 website:
✓ The Disaster Distress Helpline – CALL 1-800-985-5990
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
✓ MassHealth Launches Personal Care Assistance – CALL 1-844-422-6277
Help Hotline: MassHealth announced today that it has established a dedicated hotline through MassOptions to connect MassHealth PCA Consumers to services in the event their PCA is unavailable. Consumers can call 1-844-422-6277 and will be connected to home health services in their region.