About COVID-19 and Social Distancing:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a site with all the information you need about the current state of the situation.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health offers state-specific information on COVID-19, including the Governor Baker’ March 23rd Essential Services Order and the Governor’s order re continued public school closures. (3/26/20)

Wakefield-specific updates are on the Town’s website, including a page for local mental health resources and Wakefield’s emergency fund designed to offer one-time aid that helps an individual or family from Wakefield get back on their feet.

This article from the Washington Post has an interactive graphic that demonstrates why social distancing is so important. 

Medium.com has a very straightforward article from Asaf Bitton, Assistant Medical Director and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

“The concepts of social distancing and self-quarantine are being interpreted in a variety of ways, not always correctly. Here’s a guide to help you make the right decisions.” from the New York Times 3/20/20.

There is a lot of misinformation about the virus going around, especially on social media. Try Politifact.com for a fact checking site with reliable sources.

This article from WGBH offers information about COVID-19 on surfaces and how to clean effectively.

Managing Anxiety and Stress is very important for your health, as this from the CDC points out. And try this article from theguardian.com in which experts suggest ways to think about and deal with anxiety and stress. 3/24/20

Resources For Those in Need

Mass 2-1-1 is a statewide consumer hotline that provides comprehensive information and referrals related to the virus, including information on where they can access flexible funds through the COVID-19 Family Support Fund. Simply dial 2-1-1 on your phone. More information is available here.

Wakefield-specific updates are on the Town’s website, including a page for local mental health resources and Wakefield’s emergency fund designed to offer one-time aid that helps an individual or family from Wakefield get back on their feet.

If you know of anyone in your community who does not have Internet access, Comcast is offering free internet for 60 days to help alleviate this problem. Please share widely and let’s encourage other providers to do the same. 

Project Bread is a division of the state’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program. Families can contact their FoodSource Hotline on 800-645-8333 or go to the website. It does not matter if your town or school is considered eligible for service or not, anyone can use the hotline and it will have the most up-to-date information of where to get free meals.

Massachusetts Department of Unemployment

Disaster assistance for small businesses from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund announced by the Mass. governor’s office.

The Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce and Wakefield, MA have come together to help their neighbors by launching Wakefield Cards for the Community – Helping our Neighbors in Need, a gift card giving program for local residents in need.

What You Can Do to Help?

Boston Globe article about local organizations who are accepting donations. If you cannot access the article, we have provided their links below:

The Greater Boston Food Bank has organized several initiatives to help people in need and is looking for volunteers, donations and people to organize fundraising.

Project Bread is looking for donations to fund its “rapid response” effort for families.

YMCA of Greater Boston is offering meals and other services to Boston school children during the schools closure and is asking members to donate their fees to the effort.

The city of Cambridge and the Food for Free organization are looking for volunteers to help staff a free food distributions for students at local schools.

Penguin Pizza and other Boston area restaurants have formed Feeding the Frontline and are asking consumers to buy gift cards or leave extra tips when ordering food from participating establishments that they can then distribute to people in need. The restaurants will be also distributing food to health care workers and first responders and vulnerable populations.

The City of Boston has created the Boston Resiliency Fund to provide food for children and seniors, technology for remote learning for students, and support to first responders and healthcare workers.

The Boston Foundation has created a response fund to provide grants to organizations helping people in need now, and is accepting donations.

The United Way has launched a family support fund to aid hourly and low-wage workers who may need financial help with rent, food, or childcare.

Union Capital Boston has a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to finance gifts cards for families and individuals in need.

The United Way of Tri-County is accepting donations to its emergency relief and recovery fund to help people in the MetroWest area, as well as looking for volunteers to help with its food programs.

The Foundation for MetroWest is also accepting donations for its community efforts.

Lowell has created an emergency relief fund for residents impacted by the outbreak.

The Boston Center for the Arts has created an Artists Relief Fund, the Record Co. has a fund to help musicians, as does the Boston Singers Resource. A fund for theater workers has also been set up. All are accepting donations.

The American Red Cross is seeking blood donations to prevent shortages during the medical response to the virus.

The MSPCA is looking for donations of dog and cat food so people with food insecurity can ensure their pets are being fed.

CNN article about how you can support your favorite small businesses.

Education & Entertainment

The Met Opera is launching nightly streams of Opera for free

Google has a lot of virtual tours, museums and outdoor spaces.

A bunch of Children’s authors are reading their books online for a virtual storytime!

Monterey Bay Aquarium still has streaming online.

If you are missing live concerts NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts are online with a huge archive for fans of any type of music, and NPR also posted  a virtual performance of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love” by students from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music (make sure you watch all the way to the end for the dancers!)

The YMCA is offering free fitness classes.

The Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group dreamed up #StoryMarch in hopes that this activity might be a fun way for all artists of every age to stretch themselves a little and have fun. Check it out!

…and, of course, Beebe’s eCollection and Online Resources!