COVID

The list is updated as information becomes available.

All Non-essential Businesses Must Close Through April 7

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday morning that all non-essential businesses must close to workers and the public starting Tuesday at noon until April 7 at noon. He continues to urge a stay-at-home advisory and is NOT issuing a shelter-in-place mandate.

Massachusetts has reported five deaths attributed to the pandemic.

Baker emphasized that grocery and package stores (and the businesses that support them), gas stations, pharmacies, medical supply/manufacturers, restaurants offering take out/delivery and medical marijuana stores are considered essential and will continue to be open.

FULL LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES - https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services

 

Cape Cod Healthcare Testing Site

Cape Cod Healthcare, in partnership with Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, will provide drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing. As of March 20, 2020, a physician must have affiliated status with Cape Cod Healthcare to submit a patient's order for drive-through testing. A physician outside of the network will not be able to submit an order for testing. Testing will be held at Cape Cod Community College at 2240 Iyannough Road from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Individuals without a primary care physician who are experiencing symptoms, including fever, coughing or shortness of breath, should call 508-862-5595 and they will be screened for COVID-19 testing with a Cape Cod Healthcare clinical provider via phone.

If testing is required, the clinical provider will follow the same process of submitting the doctor's order to the testing team and the patient will be called with a testing appointment time.

Those arriving at the testing site without a doctor's orders and/or an appointment will be turned away without exception.

Full details here:​https://bit.ly/2J4RgFI

 

Cape Cod Healthcare Medical Supply Donation Program

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) has expanded the number of locations where residents can donate essential medical supplies to be used by healthcare providers to protect themselves as they care for patients in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Items needed are listed by priority:

  • Isolation Gowns
  • Face Shields
  • Surgical Masks
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • 3M N95 Masks # 1860,1860S & 1870
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • No Touch or Forehead Thermometers

Many generous Cape Cod residents and others have offered to donate hand-sewn masks. To help ensure the safety of physicians, nurses and staff, unopened or sealed packages of medical grade masks in all sizes are preferred. Hand-sewn masks will be accepted at donation locations. Masks should be boxed or sealed in plastic. Donations can be made at the following locations:

  • Falmouth Hospital - 100 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth (Employee Parking lot)
  • Fontaine Outpatient Medical Center – 525 Long Pond Road, Harwich
  • Hyannis Urgent Care - 1220 Iyannough Road, Hyannis
  • Parking Lot - 9 East Main Street, Hyannis (intersection of Rt. 28)
  • Stoneman Outpatient Medical Center – 2 Jan Sebastian Dr, Sandwich

For location information, please visit https://www.capecodhealth.org/locations/


Financial contributions to help support Cape Cod Healthcare in its response to COVID-19 can be made at: https://support.givetocapecodhealth.org/covid


MASS-211

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announces the launch of 2-1-1 to provide COVID-19 information and referrals 24/7. Massachusetts 2-1-1 will now provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages. Residents with questions should call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone. Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for Coronavirus. Residents can also reach 2-1-1 through a live chat option on the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website.

 

COVID-19 Text Notification System

Massachusetts has launched a new messaging tool called "AlertsMA" which will allow residents to subscribe to real-time notifications by texting the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777. After signing up, state and public health officials can send short messages and links to information directly to a resident's cell phone or other mobile device. The AlertsMA notifications can be used to share news, prevention information, and help connect residents to information that they are looking for through other public information channels, such as the state's Information line, 2-1-1, and website searches on www.Mass.Gov.


Schools

Barnstable

Barnstable Public Schools have expanded hours for "grab and go" school meals as the new conronavirus spreads. The added hours are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, in addition to the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. window.

Meals are available to any child under 21, regardless of their lunch benefit status, town of residence or school attended. On Fridays, school officials will also hand out three breakfast and lunch meals for each student for the weekends.

Meals are available at the following locations:

  • Barnstable Intermediate School
  • Barnstable United Elementary School
  • Hyannis West Elementary School
  • Hyannis Youth and Community Center

Meal Delivery Routes & Pick-Up Locations:

  • Route A:
    465 Sea St. (Sea Street Beach), 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
    200 Main St. (health office), 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Route B:
    367 Main St. (Town Hall), 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
    767 Independence Drive (Village Green Apartments entry), 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Route C:
    852 Bearse's Way (Hyannis Elks), 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
    2095 Main St. (former Marstons Mills Elementary School), 11:50 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

Bourne

The Bourne Patrolman’s Association (Bourne Police Union) will assist any child who receives free or reduced breakfast/lunches while school is out. People can reach out through their Facebook page.
Coronavirus Plan for the Friends Food Pantry for the week of March 16: The Friends Food Pantry will be open to clients this week, Tuesday 9 AM-12 PM and Saturday 9 AM-11 AM. We will also be making home deliveries to those who are enrolled in our Home Delivery Program. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Karen, Pantry Manager at 508-759-3351.

Falmouth

Falmouth Public Schools will continue to offer free "grab and go" breakfast and lunch meals to qualifying students. If you would like to continue to receive free school meals for your child during the closure, please email info@falmouth.k12.ma.us. Starting Tuesday, March 17th, meals will be available at schools each day from 11:00am-1:00pm.

Sandwich

To help aid students and their families who live “food insecure” and rely on the school to eat, all three Marshland Restaurant locations are offering a school style breakfast for $2.50 from 8:00 am until 11:30 am and then a school style lunch for $3.00 until 3:00 pm. They will offer curb-side pickup throughout and will turn no student away due to an inability to pay for the meals.

Locations:

  • The Original Marshland 109 Route 6A, Sandwich
  • Marshland Too & Too's Tavern, 315 Cotuit Road, Sandwich
  • Marshland 3A, 986 State Road 3A, Plymouth

Dennis-Yarmouth

The Dennis-Yarmouth School District will be operating the “Dolphin Drive Thru” for any student in need of breakfast or lunch. Go to any D-Y school between 11a-1p, drive up to the main entrance and remain in your car, and the food service worker will provide breakfast and lunch bags. You do not need to qualify for free or reduced lunch to take advantage of this.

Monomoy Regional School District
(Harwich/Chatham)

(Starting Friday 3/20) Monomoy Regional School District will be offering grab-and-go meal service in order to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Meals will be available from 9a-12p and families will be able to pick up both meals at the same time for their children on a daily basis. There will be two drive-through pick-up locations for the food program - please remain in the car and meals will be brought to you:

  • Monomoy Regional Middle School, Chatham
  • Monomoy Regional High School, Harwich

Nauset School District
(Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown)

Food Services Program will be opening up a “Grab-and-Go” service for students in order to offer free breakfast and lunch to all families. This program is being offered for children, eighteen years of age and under, by providing meals that would typically be provided during the school day. Families will be allowed to pick up meals for their own children on a daily basis. There will be four locations for this “Grab-and-Go” food program. Parents may pick up meals at ANY one of the four locations including:

  • Eddy Elementary School - Brewster (2298 Main Street - drive around to the back parking lot and pick up will be behind the school)
  • Orleans Elementary School - Orleans (46 Eldredge Park Way - at the front of the school)
  • Eastham Elementary School - Eastham (200 Schoolhouse Rd. - enter the back parking lot where parent drop-off occurs)
  • Wellfleet Elementary School - Wellfleet (100 Lawrence Rd. - drive into the first parking lot entrance and pick-up will be by the cafeteria door)

The “Grab-and-Go” meals will be available for pick-up from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM daily, Monday through Friday|

Wareham

Wareham Public Schools will be providing a meal pick up service for students from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the following outdoor locations:

  • Wareham Middle School
  • Bandshell at Onset
  • Gleason Family YMCA
  • Woods @ Wareham
  • Swifts Beach Playground
  • Brandy Hill
  • Shangri La Playground
  • Decas Elementary School
  • West Wareham School Parking Lot

All students are welcome to pick up meals. This will begin on Monday, March 16th and will continue until we return to school or until further notice.

Wellfleet/Truro/Provincetown

"Meals for our Students" program is open to all local students regardless of district or address. On weekdays from 7-9AM parents can pick up a bagged breakfast at Fox and Crow Cafe, 6 Commercial St., Wellfleet. Breakfast will include an egg sandwich, potato pancake, and a piece of fresh fruit. This will be free, funded by private donations. This is an honor system and primarily intended for children in need of a daily meal normally supplied by the schools and day care programs that are now closed.

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Center

Over the past week, blood centers throughout the country are experiencing a significant drop in donations which is limiting the ability for the nation’s blood supply to be adequately replenished.  Jonathan DeCoste, senior blood donor recruiter at Cape Cod Healthcare has emphasized, “The Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Program continues to need blood. We are still running the same drives and hours that we have scheduled on our calendar. While all types are needed, we are especially in need of O negative” said DeCoste. Blood centers are regulated by the FDA and must follow specific guidelines to ensure donor safety at all times.

  • Monday, March 30, 9am-3pm Federated Church, Cotuit

The list of drives can be found at https://www.capecodhealth.org/ways-to-give/blood-center/

The scheduled drives are updated regularly so be sure to check back for up to the minute schedule changes. Information can also be found on the Cape Cod Healthcare Facebook page. To minimize contact with others, all donations are by appointment only. Call 508-86BLOOD (862-5663)or schedule online within the individual donation page events.

 

Unemployment Services

Effective Tuesday, March 17th, MassHire Cape and Islands Career Center and Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and Islands has put in place emergency programming to ensure that we can continue to provide critical services to our clients while maintaining social distancing protocols for the health and safety of our community, our clients and our staff. While we are closing our buildings to walk-in traffic, our staff is available by phone and/or email. Please call MassHire at 508-771-JOBS (5627) or Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and Islands at 508-771-1727 and our staff will work with you to find the right solution for you and your family during this challenging time. Stay well!

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is asking workers who are out of work or losing hours due to COVID-19 to apply for unemployment compensation. Claimants are eligible if their place of business has shut down, significantly reduced employees' hours or told workers to stay home, or if they must stay out to care for a child or other family member. Those who are being paid sick leave from their employer are not eligible.

Apply online at https://uionline.detma.org/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX

If people are unable to file online because of language, special needs or disability, there is a form to set up a callback from the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA):
https://www.mass.gov/forms/covid-19-department-of-unemployment-assistance-contact-request

It is highly recommended that these contacts with the DUA be made online using the links provided. :
When calling the TeleClaim Center at 877-626-6800, please follow the schedule below. Only as a last resort should the public call the DUA as follows:
If the last digit of your Social Security Number is:
0 or 1, please call on Monday
2 or 3, Tuesday
4,5 or 6, Wednesday
7,8 or 9, Thursday
Any last digit may call on Friday.
Calls will be answered in the order in which they are received.

Restaurants

Click HERE for a partial list of restaurants that are open and offering takeout, delivery and/or curb service by town.
Also links for all the Cape Chambers with Covid-19 updates and/or links to which restaurants are open and offering takeout, delivery and/or curb service.

Cape Cod Chamber

Cape Cod Canal Chamber

Sandwich Chamber

Falmouth Chamber

Mashpee Chamber

Greater Hyannis Chamber

Yarmouth Chamber

Dennis Chamber

Harwich Chamber

Brewster Chamber

Orleans Chamber

Eastham Chamber

Wellfeet Chamber

Truro Chamber

Provincetown Chamber

 

Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

The Baker-Polito Administration announced economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19. The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits. Loans are immediately available to eligible businesses with no payments due for the first 6 months. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has capitalized the fund and will administer it.

How to Apply:
Please complete the application found on MGCC’s website, EmpoweringSmallBusiness.org. Completed applications can be sent via email to mgcc@massgcc.com with the subject line “2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund”.


Comcast/Xfinity

On the heels of offering new, low-income Internet Essentials customers two months of free internet and raising the speed of that program's service to 25/3 Mbps, Comcast today announced additional steps to help ensure people stay connected to the internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home due to the Coronavirus.

Comcast is taking steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives:
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free - including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the "xfinitywifi" network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

  • Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
  • No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer's internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can't pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
  • Internet Essentials Free to NewCustomers: New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program's Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
    News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and Flex: For those with school-age students at home, we've created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say "education" into your X1 or Flex voice remote. To help keep customers informed, we also have created a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus. Just say "Coronavirus" into your X1 or Flex voice remote.
  • 24x7 Network Monitoring: Underpinning all of these efforts, Comcast's technology and engineering teams will continue to work tirelessly to support our network operations. We engineer our network capacity to handle spikes and shifts in usage patterns, and continuously test, monitor and enhance our systems and network to ensure they are ready to support customer usage. Our engineers and technicians staff our network operations centers 24/7 to ensure network performance and reliability. We are monitoring network usage and watching the load on the network both nationally and locally, and to date it is performing well.

For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, visit: http://www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/

 

Supermarkets

  • Stop & Shop stores will be open daily from 6:00AM-7:30AM to serve customers who are age 60 and over only.'

  • Shaws/Star supermarkets will be open 7am-9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays to serve customers most at risk, age 60+, compromised immune systems and pregnant women.

  • Market Basket Beginning Monday March 23, 2020, all Market Basket stores will be open every day from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Senior shopping hours WILL continue each Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 5:30 AM to 7:00 AM where the stores will be open ONLY to serve customers 60 and older.

  • Roche Bros. will serve senior citizens and disabled people each day between 7 and 8 a.m., welcoming everyone else between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at all stores.

  • Dollar General stores are dedicating the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers.

 

Family Pantry needs to hold donations of physical items

The Family Pantry of Cape Cod would like to thank you for your support at this difficult time.

We are requesting people hold onto donations of clothing, housewares and food for the Family Pantry of Cape Cod and Second Glance Thrift Shop at this time out of an abundance of caution to ensure that our clients, volunteers & staff limit their exposure to the coronavirus.

We do encourage you to make financial donations on our web site www.thefamilypantry.com or by mail 133 Queen Anne Rd, Harwich, MA 02645 as more and more of our friends and neighbors will require support from the Family Pantry.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT

You may also make a financial donation on our web site at http://www.thefamilypantry.com/Donations
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

 

Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation

Dunkin' wants you to know that they have your back through this difficult time. They're giving $1.25 million dollars in emergency funding to help families during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation is through the Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation, a 501(c)3 founded in 2006 with the mission to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness.
This funding will allow organizations to help their local communities and get them the nourishment and resources they need during difficult times.
Donations like this help support organizations like End68 Hours of Hunger, who provide meals for at-risk children, take immediate action in their communities during this time of crisis.
Any donation, large or small, can help make an immediate difference for people in need - we're all in this together. To see how you can help out or if you are a nonprofit and would like to apply for a grant visit Dunkin's Joy in Childhood Foundation at www.joyinchildhoodfoundation.org.

 

Cape & Islands United Way

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Cape and Islands United Way has established a Community Relief Fund. The first priority area of funding will be for nonprofit organizations providing access to basic needs such as food, shelter, and emergency assistance). To apply for funding or to make a donation, visit www.capeandisalanduw.org.

 

COVID-19 Entrepreneur Resource List

National, regional, and local resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses in our communities. Click for more info.


Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness will be offering free, daily at-home workouts for anyone and everyone via Facebook Live. Get moving with their trainers and even some surprise celebrity guests for a 20 minute workout to relieve stress and stay healthy. Let’s workout through this. United We Move.

 

Steamship Authority

The Steamship Authority has made cuts to the number of trips to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

"The schedules are in response to a noted decline in passenger and vehicular traffic on board its vessels this week, as well as in anticipation of lowered demand for the foreseeable future," the authority said in a statement.

The modified schedule will run through April 2, but could be extended and can be found online at steamshipauthority.com/schedules.

 

Hy-Line

Hy-Line Cruises has reduced passenger capacities on Nantucket ferries to allow for the opportunity for appropriate social distancing.

This will not affect any pre-existing reservations.

Due to this, reservations are necessary to guarantee your travel. We strongly encourage you to make reservations online so that your boarding pass is emailed to you and you do not need to check in at the ticket office.
In addition, we ask for your cooperation in social distancing onboard the vessel and in queuing for boarding.

Should circumstances continue to change, we will communicate all updates in the normal fashion. New information will also be posted on our website as soon as its available [https://hylinecruises.com/]

Open For Business c/o love, live, local. 

Click for a list of what's open for business on Cape Cod

 

Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs

In the wake of the closure of early childhood education programs by state order due to the spread of COVID-19, 17 Cape Cod facilities are available to provide emergency child care for essential personnel. To ease the burden on parents and guardians working on the front lines, the state will fund approved Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs, which are the only such programs allowed to operate during the state of emergency.

The emergency programs can be accessed by doctors, nurses, health care professionals, law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, grocery store employees and others deemed essential by the state.

The programs, free of charge for families, will operate seven days a week until further notice. They are exempt from Gov. Charlie Baker's order temporarily closing all early childhood education programs in the state from March 23 through at least April 6.

State education officials have identified emergency providers who will provide back up, drop-in child care. Priority will be given to essential workers, families involved with the state Department of Children and Families and families living in shelters.

Four Cape YMCAs, two child care centers and several home-based child care businesses have been identified as emergency child care providers on the Cape.

YMCA Cape Cod has a total of 200 slots available and anticipate high usage. Little Stars Learning Center LLC in South Dennis, has been approved for 40 slots even though it's licensed for 82. The state Department of Early Education and Care is abiding by a 10 child-per-class guideline. Child care staff at all locations will do wellness checks at the door and take children's temperatures. Only children will be allowed to enter the facilities.

A list of authorized emergency child care providers can be found at: https://eeclead.force.com/resource/1584817665000/EEC_EmergencyProviderList

 

YMCA Child Care

YMCA Cape Cod to provide FREE child care for Cape Cod Health Care and Cape Cod’s four Federally Qualified Community Health Center’s Essential Workers Effective March 23rd

West Barnstable –Governor Charlie Baker, through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (“EEC”), has established a process to fund approved Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs to serve vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work to maintain the health, safety and welfare of all Commonwealth citizens. This approach prioritizes public health and safety while maintaining critical service for vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work during this pandemic. “Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs” will be the only child care programs that are allowed to operate during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/guidance-related-to-early-childhood-education-programs

CLICK HERE to read the complete press release.

 

Massachusetts RMV - Inspection Dates

In an effort to help you and your customers maintain proper social distancing, as of March 20, the annual motor vehicle safety and emissions inspection expiration dates are being extended as follows:
All non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on March 31, 2020(designated by a number 3 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by May 31, 2020.
All non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on April 30, 2020 (designated by a number 4 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by June 30, 2020.

Non-commercial vehicles that are issued a failed inspection sticker (indicated by a sticker with a red or black letter ‘R’) that is due to expire in the month of March, 2020, must be re-inspected by May 31, and non-commercial vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to expire in the month of April, 2020, must be re-inspected by June 30. Additionally, the one free re-test for these vehicles is also extended to May 31 or June 30 provided the re-test is performed at the same inspection station that performed the initial inspection.

  • Regardless of the date of inspection, vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to a safety defect (indicated by a sticker with a red letter ‘R’) shall not be operated until appropriate repairs have been completed.
  • All motorcycle inspection stickers originally set to expire on May 31 must be inspected by June 30.
  • The RMV is also extending the time during which newly registered vehicles must be inspected, which is typically within 7 days of the date of registration.
  • Any newly-registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 must be inspected by May 31.
  • Any newly-registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between April 1, 2020 and April 31, 2020 must be inspected by June 30.