COVID-19 Update 5-11-2020

COVID-19 Cases Count Updates

Dear Neighbor,

As of May 10th, there have been 95 Deaths attributed to COVID-19 virus and 2,274 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Lawrence. We have community spread here- so treat everyone as if they have the virus. It has been 48 days since the start of this National Emergency due to the Coronavirus. It is nicer outside but this is not over. However, if you wear a face covering or mask when in public, and stay home unless absolutely necessary, we can get through this. We can beat this if you:

1.            STAY HOME unless you need food, medicine or medical attention.

2.            Make sure that you always WASH YOUR HANDS and maintain at least 6ft from others.

3.            If you do go out, WEAR A MASK to cover your nose and mouth- IF YOU DON’T WEAR A MASK, you could be FINED $300!

4.            Treat everyone as if they have the virus.

5.            If you think you may have the virus, call the Lawrence General Hospital COVID-19 HOTLINE at 978-946-8409.

6.            Governor Baker announces NURSING HOME FAMILY RESOURCE LINE: call 617-660-5399 or visit mass.gov/covid-bbnq

7.            SEE MORE INFORMATION BELOW

A couple of important resources:

  • If you NEED FOOD, please call 978-620-3550
  • SNAP/Food Stamp, you may be eligible for SNAP. Call Project Bread’s FREE FOOD SOURCE HOTLINE: 1-800-645-8333
  • If you have LOST YOUR JOB, sign up for unemployment at 877-626-6800
  • If you are a LAWRENCE BUSINESS AND NEED HELP, call 978-291-8106
  • Any businesses that have questions or concerns should call the LAWRENCE BUSINESS SUPPORT HOTLINE 978-291-8106 or email business@cityoflawrence.com or negocios@cityoflawrence.com .

AUDIO:

Mayor Rivera’s Weekly Voicemail Update:

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SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS

· LAWRENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS closed for the rest of the school year.

BUSINESSES

· The SBA is currently offering subsidized loans of up to $2,000,000 for impacted businesses. Applicants can apply online at https://disasterloan.sba/gov/ela or call SBA’s customer service line at (800) 659-2955. PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM-THERE IS MORE MONEY NOW- APPLY.

· All these resources—and more—are being updated on www.lawrencepartnership.org  . Businesses can check back as things are changing almost daily.

THE SENIOR CENTER:

· Seniors needing information, having questions, or need help please call 978-620-3540

Veterans:

· Veteran’s if you are out of work and or need to be connected to Veteran’s benefits call 978-620-3282

DPW/WATER & SEWER

· DPW Administration staff are ready to serve residents with any issues. Phone lines are open M-F 8:30-4:30. Call 978-620-3090

· If you have questions about billing or account to call the department at 978-620-3110

· The department crews are still responding to water or sewer calls.

TAXES & WATER BILLS: https://epay.cityhallsystems.com/

The City of Lawrence has waived interest, penalties and transaction fees for Real Estate & Personal Property Tax, Excise Tax and Water and Sewer Bills for any payments made after its respective due date but before June 30, 2020. This DOES NOT apply to any delinquent bills.

FOOD RESOURCES:

1.      Lawrence Public Schools

•             Monday-Friday 11am– 1pm *Now available for all Lawrence residents ages 1-18*

•             Arlington School, 150 Arlington St.

•             Frost School, 33 Hamlet St.

•             Guilmette School, 80 Bodwell St.

•             Lawrence High School, 70-71 N Parish Rd.

•             Parthum School, 255 E Haverhill St.

•             North Common Education Complex, 233 Haverhill St.

2.      Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, 136 Water Street, Lawrence, MA

Youth Dinners To-Go: Monday-Friday, 4:30-6pm

3.      Elder Services

Home Delivered Meals: For individuals who are 60 years of age or older and having trouble getting out of your home without assistance, we can provide home delivered meals up to five days a week, contact ageinfostaff@ESMV.org

4.      Cor Unum Meal Center, 191 Salem Street, Lawrence, MA

Breakfast: 6-8am

Dinner To-Go: 4:30-6:30pm

5.      Greater Lawrence Community Action Council (GLCAC)

305 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA

Food Pantry: Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm

6.      Lazarus House, 412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA

Food Pantry/Groceries To-Go: Wednesdays

Soup Kitchen: Breakfast To-Go - Monday-Friday 8-9:30am; and Lunch To-Go 11:30am-1pm

7.      YMCA Lawrence, 40 Lawrence, Street, Lawrence, MA

•             Food Pantry/Groceries To-Go: Thursdays from 4-6pm

•             Meals To-Go: Monday-Friday 3-5pm

UNEMPLOYMENT

· The primary way Unemployment Claimants should file for benefits is online at https://uionline.detma.org/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX

· For instructions on how to file claims in English please see the linked document:

· https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-unemployment-handbook-initial-claims-filed-on-or-after-march-15-2020/download

· For Spanish Instructions please go to:

· https://masshiremvcc.com/wp-content/uploads/UI-Proceso-de-reclamo.pdf

PERMITS & LICENSING

· Reporting a code complaint or concern can be made online at CityofLawrence.com, calling at 978-620-3130, or by emailing the Director at MArmano@CityofLawrence.com.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

· Access the Library’s online resources by visiting www.lawrencefreelibrary.org

· Don’t have a library card to access our online resources? Request one via LibraryInfo@cityoflawrence.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION- Dial 211 for questions about the Coronavirus 24/7.

*Visit www.cityoflawrence.com to keep track of COVID-19 updates in Lawrence. *

*To receive Lawrence COVID-19 updates, sign up for CodeRED at https://www.cityoflawrence.com/756/Code-Red *

Across the State:

  • On Friday, May 1st, Governor Baker mandated the use of face coverings or mask in public places. For more: mass.gov/coveryourface
  • On Tuesday, April 28th, Governor Baker EXTENDED THE STAY AT HOME ADVISORY TO MAY 18th.
  • On Tuesday, April 21st, Governor Baker EXTENDED SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR K-12 SCHOOLS FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. Childcare programs have an extended closure until June 29th, 2020.
  • Massachusetts extended income tax filing deadline to July 15th.
  • Businesses and individuals can provide PPE to support COVID-19 response efforts through online portal at mass.gov/covid-ppxy
  • Text-alert system launches in Spanish. Text COVIDMAESP to 888777 for Spanish Alerts

*To receive COVID-19 updates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, text COVIDMA to 888777*

I know these are scary times, but together, we can overcome this if we just STAY HOME. Remember, STAY SAFE. STAY CALM. STAY HOME.

Thanks,
Dan

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