COVID-19 Questions & Resources
- What happens if I test positive for Coronavirus? What is isolation?
- How do I know if I have been in close contact of someone with COVID-19?
- What is quarantine?
- Can you tell me how many of the positive cases in Weston are college-aged? Are older adults? Are school-aged?
- Does the case count for Weston include people that do not live in Weston?
- I can't find an answer to my question. Where can I find more information?
COVID Housing Help
Are you struggling with rent or mortgage payments because of COVID-19? If so, there are eviction protections and financial programs available to help. The Department of Housing and Community Development says it is important to use your best efforts to obtain rental assistance, and to pay as much rent as you can before the protections under the Massachusetts eviction moratorium expire.
- To learn more about state financial aid programs for eligible households, visit Mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp
- To connect with housing resources, call 2-1-1
- Lastly, talk to your landlord early to make a plan.
Weston's Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Weston's Affordable Housing Trust, through the Regional Housing Services Office, is offering temporary monthly rental assistance in the form of a grant to eligible households who have a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program will pay between $350 - $800/mo. in rental assistance, depending on unit size for four months. Visit RHSOHousing.org for more information and the application.
Mental Health, and other Health and Human Services
We understand that this is an atypical time that may be causing much concern and some anxiety; however, we encourage all to avoid listening to the multiple news stories that are focused on sensationalism and social media posts and shares.
Please also see resources and tips from MassDPH for maintaining emotional health and well-being, particularly how we can help older adults who depend upon socialization.
Riverside Emergency Services has clinicians that provide support over the phone for those who may be struggling with sadness, worry, parental or caregiver stress, etc. Call 781-769-8674 if you need support during this anxious time.
Reach Beyond Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse. REACH provides free and confidential services in both English and Spanish to all survivors regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or income level. For more information or support, please visit our website at www.reachma.org or call our 24/7 hotline at 800-899-4000.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Do you know someone who lives or works in Lincoln or Weston and who might need food or help with emergency expenses? St. Julia Parish, through its St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) conference, operates a food pantry and may assist with emergency medical or housing expenses. Please call St. Julia parish office at 781-899-2611 and leave a message; a member will call contact you.
Also keep in mind the Mass 211 resource available 24/7 that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. This free service helps find government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.
AlertsMA is a new messaging too that allows 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.
Process Flow Charts and Facts
- How the CDC Protects and Prepares Communities
- How the Weston Board of Health Manages Risk Assessment and Decision Making
Key Points of a Public Health Emergency
- Memo from the Board of Health explaining some "behind the scenes" actions in Weston during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Due to the public health emergency associated with the novel coronavirus that causes the highly contagious and potentially fatal COVID-19 respiratory disease, Weston is in a State of Emergency as of March 17th, following the Massachusetts declaration on March 10th, and the Federal declaration on March 13th
- Weston’s Emergency Management Leaders are monitoring updates and have the mandated responsibility to follow and enforce the orders and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State Department of Public Health, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Weston’s Board of Health follows CDC protocol when managing an infectious disease
- Temporary measures have been enacted, and may continue to be put in place, by Weston’s Emergency Management team to help prevent or control community spread and to help maintain the health and safety of residents and town employees