COVID-19 Weekly Roundup: Seventh Installment

Coronavirus molecules surrounding silhouettes of people with "COVID-19 Weekly Roundup" written over top, an image used to cover the changing developments in Massachusetts' four-phase reopening plan

After the significant transition into Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ four-phase reopening plan, last week progressed with few new developments or revisions from the Baker-Polito Administration. The active cases in Massachusetts continue their steady decline, but we don’t know the real health implications of Phase 3 yet. As the public, government officials, and businesses wait to see results and the needed actions, it’s important to keep up to date with these changes.

“Stop the Spread” Initiative Launched

Last week, Gov. Baker announced the launch of “Stop the Spread,” an initiative offering free COVID-19 testing locations in eight communities who’ve recorded above the state average in total cases and had declining testing rates since April. These testing sites are available from July 10th to August 14th and are present in the following towns:

  • Chelsea
  • Everett
  • Fall River
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Marlborough
  • New Bedford

These sites are not limited to the residents in these communities, and the administration is encouraging the people in and around these towns to take advantage of these sites, even if asymptomatic. This a valuable resource to impart to your team to continue to ensure their safety.

Step Two of Phase 3 Pending Data

The administration is hoping the data derived from increased testing will shine some light as to the next best step for Phase 3. This will further lighten the restrictions on activities with a high potential for contact such as certain youth sports, concert hall performances, and indoor recreation – including roller skating, trampoline parks, and obstacle courses. Concerning this, school districts will also be submitting their proposed plans this week on how to conduct classes going forward, with some predicted to create a hybrid curriculum where students will alternate between learning online and reporting to school.

As stated, we are still unsure of the impact Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ four-phase reopening plan will have on public health, so if data suggests there is a rise in cases, you can expect a rollback or stall of the reopening process. Also, as mentioned in our previous installment, be mindful that Phase 4 is pending the development of a COVID-19 treatment of vaccine. In the meantime, it’s critical you do your part to decrease spread by enforcing masks and proper social distancing in your business. If should you need advice or a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact us at Vision Advertising.

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About the author : Alex Geyer

Alex wears many hats, and not just because he’s bald. A writer by his background, Alex writes “social media content” for Vision – anything from social media statuses to blogs to whitepapers and beyond. In addition, he builds and maintains all search engine advertising for Vision’s clients, along with social media advertising for others. In his free time, he starts and stops writing novels, compiles tabletop roleplaying system conversions, and cooks a mean Chicken and Dumplings avec Peas. A videogame enthusiast, he is also developing his first video game with the startup game studio, Pretty Weird. He is terrible with plants*.

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