State To Meet with Spicer Administration Wednesday, Sept. 9 To Discuss Coronavirus Resources

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FRAMINGHAM – Today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offered supports for the top 5 communities in the state with the highest rate of infection for COVID -19.

Framingham, the community with the 6th highest rate of infection was not on the list.

“DPH Assistant Commissioner Jana Ferguson and MEMA Director Samantha Phillips are scheduled to speak to Framingham Health Director Sam Wong, the Mayor, and other Framingham municipal leadership next Wednesday at 9 a.m. to hear about the needs in Framingham and outline available assistance from the CEIT. This meeting could not be held sooner due to the conflicts in the Mayor’s schedule,” said State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis to SOURCE media.

“I was stunned to hear from the Baker-Polito administration this afternoon that Mayor Spicer is unavailable to meet with them on this most pressing issue facing Framingham until September 9,” said At-Large City Councilor Janet Leombruno.

“All of the interventions in the bulleted list below are available for Framingham and will be discussed in next Wednesday’s meeting,” said Rep. Lewis.

he State’s campaign includes:

(Additional multilingual online resources will be available soon)

  • Advertising on billboards, digital and social media
  • Downloadable materials in multiple languages
  • Multi-lingual field teams deployed in the communities
  • Phone and text communications
  • Outreach to local community groups

This new website Mass.gov/StopCOVID19 provides residents and local business owners with information on how to stop the spread, state restrictions on gathering sizes, testing locations and materials that can be printed for display in apartment complexes, restaurants and community areas.

SOURCE emailed the Mayor about the meeting, and about Framingham, 6th highest community not getting assistance and the top 5 receiving supports, and the Spicer administration has not responded.

The campaign’s advertising will run on hundreds of displays, message boards, signs, billboards and other channels in these top 5 communities through paid partnerships and via state-owned resources, such as at MBTA stations, on MassDOT signs and much more.

Statewide Enforcement and Intervention team can provide:

  • Targeted interventions and inspections by a range of member agencies, including Local Services, Labor Standards, DPH, MSP and ABCC, coordinated by EOPSS and MEMA.
  • Increased enforcement, including fines, of sector guidance for businesses to ensure businesses and residents are aware of and following COVID-19 orders.
  • Cease and desist orders as necessary for businesses and organizations in violation of the COVID-19 orders.
  •  Support for ABCC and local licensing boards in exercising their existing authority to fine restaurants or suspend or cancel liquor licenses when restaurants do not comply with required COVID-19 safety measure or sanitation codes.
  • Targeted public messaging to alert residents of higher risk COVID communities (road signs, PSAs, reverse 911, etc.).
  • Technical support to local government officials to support enhanced local COVID-19 prevention efforts such as assistance in accessing CARES Act funding.
  • Potential restrictions or shutdowns for parks, playgrounds, businesses or other entities and locations believed to be contributing to the COVID-19 spread in higher risk COVID-19 communities.
  •  Additional public health support such as testing, tracing and quarantining

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