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Businesses and Employers

Stay Healthy – Stay Open

To keep our businesses open and people employed, we need everyone to stay well. Massachusetts began reopening on March 25, one of the last to do so, and our rate of new cases has decreased by 75% from May 25 to July 10. We were also one of the first states to enact a mask […]

Cape Cod Reopening Task Force Unveils ReopeningCapeCod.org

Cape Cod Reopening Task Force Unveils ReopeningCapeCod.org Website to Provide Information to Public as Summer Season Begins FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- May 29, 2020 Cape Cod – The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force unveiled a new website this week: www.ReopeningCapeCod.org.The site serves as a one-stop location for residents, businesses, employees, municipalities, and visitors to the region. The […]

Task Force Launched to Reopen Cape Cod Safely

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2020 Contact: Frank Schulze (Senator Cyr’s office) 508-562-0840 (cell) Frank.Schulze@masenate.gov Task Force Launched to Reopen Cape Cod Safely (CAPE COD) A region-wide task force has been assembled to develop strategies for reopening Cape Cod once it is safe to do so. The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force is led by the […]

Reopening Toolkit for Small Businesses

The impact of Covid-19 has been shocking and difficult for small businesses.  Cape Cod & the Islands SCORE mentors have provided the best thinking on how you can take steps now to help your business survive and prosper. Read more >

Updated April 27, 2020 | SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Attention small businesses on Cape Cod and the Islands affected by COVID-19: The Small Business Administration has resumed accepting PPP loan applications today from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. Learn […]

Interim Guidance When a Worker May Have Had Exposure to Confirmed COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Critical Infrastructure workers who have had an exposure but remain asymptomatic should adhere to the following practices prior to and during their work shift.

Guidance for Grocery Stores

Notice to Grocery and Retail Food Stores: Thank you for continuing to offer our towns and greater community access to food and essential products during this national crisis.  Please know that your local health department and the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment are available as resources to assist you and answer any questions […]

The Paycheck Protection Program for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was recently passed to provide emergency relief for small- to medium-sized businesses disrupted by COVID-19. The Act created the Paycheck Protection Program, which will serve as an extension of the Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loan program, allowing financial institutions to provide federally-backed, forgivable loans to […]

IRS Launches a Coronavirus Tax Relief Website

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.

Free ServeSafe Courses and Resources for Restaurant and Food Service Workers

Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind as its effects are being felt around the world. We’re all concerned for the health and safety of our families, friends, and colleagues. Please know that we at ServSafe are taking all necessary measures to safeguard our staff while ensuring that your food safety needs can be met. We are […]

Children and Family

Please Show Up With A Mask

The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment is exploring new ways to convey to young locals and visitors the importance of wearing masks during the pandemic and launched the #ShowUpWithAMask campaign today. We get it. It’s summer and you would rather be on the beach or at a get-together with friends, but Cape Cod […]

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescents

Children and adolescents may appear to be less at risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms, but the pandemic has significantly disrupted their lives in other ways. Social distancing and the interruption of typical school routines can be especially challenging for adolescents, two Johns Hopkins experts say.

Talking to Children About Coronavirus (COVID19)

Parents and teachers are faced with the challenge of discussing the evolving coronavirus outbreak with young children. Although these may be difficult conversations, they are also important. There are no “right” or “wrong” ways to talk with children about such public health emergencies. However, there are suggestions you may find helpful from the American Academy […]

Intimate Partner Violence During COVID-19

According to the World Health Organization, violence against women tends to increase during every type of emergency, including epidemics. Older women and women with disabilities are likely to have additional risks and needs. These “stay at home” advisories can impact intimate partner violence, as not everyone’s home is safe. The Independence House has a 24-hour hotline. […]

A Message from Children’s Cove on Children and Online Safety

With schools being closed, children of all ages have been spending a lot more time online. With this “new norm” of increased need for online access, those with online access, or those who are now getting access to the internet: parents need to take more time to talk about safety online. Child predators go where […]

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Extension of School and Non-Emergency Child Care Program Closures

New measures include deferred student loan payments, updated remote learning guidance and enacting legislation to protect residents from evictions and foreclosures. Please visit read more at UPDATES TO SCHOOL CLOSURES

Emergency Daycare Services

Emergency Daycare Services This information has been provided by our colleagues at the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Thank you to Rebecca Westgate for putting the following list together. Visit the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to see a list of designated emergency daycares that will remain open to care for the children of first […]

A Message from Children’s Cove: Child Abuse Increases in Time of Isolation from Community

On behalf of Children’s Cove, a Department of Barnstable County: Children who are at risk at home are now at greater risk due to being away from safe adults and mandated reporters. Instances of domestic and sexual violence, as well as child abuse and exploitation, increase in time of isolation from social and community connections. […]

Schooling kids at home? Some ideas from Cape Cod and Beyond

Parents turned teachers or assistant teachers for homebound children can get a lot of help from outside the house for interesting and fun activities that offer learning at the same time. Here are some ideas, from Cape Cod and far beyond.

COVID-19: Advice for Pregnant Women

Q: What is the risk to pregnant women of getting COVID-19? Is it easier for pregnant women to become ill with the disease? If they become infected, will they be more sick than other people? A: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is currently not known if pregnant women have a greater chance […]

Make Donations

Donate COVID-19 Plasma

If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be […]

Donate to the Cape Cod Resilience Fund

Love Live Local have launched the Cape Cod Resilience Fund – which will provide direct grants to small business owners on Cape Cod to offer relief from economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Created in response to devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our region’s small business community, the goal is to launch […]

Food Pantries Need Your Donations

With businesses closing and an increase in job loss, food insecurity is a concern in our community. Barnstable County residents have risen to the occasion have been helping our most vulnerable residents.  However, food pantries are in continual need of support.  Here are ways you can help: Primary Need is Monetary Donations The primary need is […]

Cape Cod Arts Relief Fund

Painters, poets, musicians, writers, actors, and other creatives bring meaning to our world and connection to our communities. They depend on social integration, not social distancing. Today, they are being devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We can’t let them fail.

Donation of Home-Made Face Masks and Face Shield Headbands to Support COVID-19 Emergency Response

The Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), in service to the Barnstable County Incident Command COVID-19 response, wishes to bring to the public’s attention the following information for people willing to produce and donate face masks and the headbands that hold plastic face shields:

Workforce Housing Relief Fund

Housing Assistance has established the Cape Cod COVID-19 Workforce Housing Relief Fund to provide urgent and ongoing assistance with past due rent or mortgage payments or other housing-related expenses for current, year-round Cape Cod and Island residents who are losing income due to the coronavirus. Click here for more information: HAC Workforce Housing Relief Fund […]

Cash Donations Needed for Local Non-Profits Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services, in service to the Barnstable County Incident Command COVID-19 response, wishes to bring to the public’s attention the following information on cash donations to local organizations: Local non-profit organizations are in need of unrestricted cash donations to maintain their services during this national emergency. READ THE FULL PRESS […]

The Cape Cod Foundation Joins Partners in COVID-19 Community Relief Efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: March 22, 2020 CONTACT: Joanna Christopher, Marketing and Communications Officer The Cape Cod Foundation 261 Whites Path, Unit 2 | South Yarmouth, MA 02664 774-212-5502 (c); jchristopher@capecodfoundation.org The Cape Cod Foundation Joins Partners in COVID-19 Community Relief Efforts South Yarmouth—The Cape Cod Foundation has joined local partners working to support the community […]

Food and Shelter

Food Access & Resources

See this Food Access Resources list, which we update regularly. Apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance) has partnered with local organizations to assistance in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP applications. Visit their website to start your online application here  or contact Harbor Health (information below – if you need assistance […]

Supporting and Preserving our Seafood Industry During COVID-19

A MESSAGE FROM CAPE COD COOPERATIVE EXTENSION: Our local fishermen, seafood harvesters, and shellfish farmers have been feeding out communities for centuries. The COVID-19 pandemic is showing us how essential our local food producers are in a time of crisis. Since most seafood is consumed through restaurants, local fish businesses are facing a challenging time. […]

Free Grocery Delivery Service Launches for Barnstable County Seniors and Residents at Higher Risk

Free Grocery Delivery Service Launches for Barnstable County Seniors and Residents at Higher Risk The Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps’ Delivery Service​ will help people who should stay home receive groceries and critical household goods. (Barnstable, MA., April 29, 2020) – The Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), in service to the Barnstable County Incident Command COVID-19 […]

Housing Assistance Resources

Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) is available to assist anyone who may need help with housing during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact them directly via phone at (508)771-5400 or www.haconcapecod.org. Community Development Partnership (CDP) in Eastham offers assistance and guidance in securing housing, from rentals to home ownership. Click here for their website. Lower Cape Outreach offers financial assistance for […]

Free Student Meal Services and Pickup Sites

View a list of free student meal services and pickup sites.

Latest Local Grocery Store Hours & Information

View a list of the latest local grocery store hours and information.

Access to Locally-Grown Food During COVID-19

The BFBL community is preparing for the season and adapting to unique challenges. As local growers and producers continue to put plans into place we will expand this list. We hope this information will help connect you to local food and products and give you an opportunity to support local businesses as they continue their […]

Support Local Shellfish Harvesters

The Cape Codders who are still out there harvesting shellfish are hoping the people in home quarantine — who normally eat oysters and clams in restaurants — will cook them at home.

Restaurants Offering Take-Out During COVID-19

Your favorite restaurants may be closed to sit-down diners at the moment, but that’s no reason not to keep supporting your local businesses! Restaurants, in particular, are being hit hard by the restrictions that are being put in place due to COVID-19, but they still need your support!

Cape Cod Cooperative Extension COVID-19 Resources

The following resources provide best practices for preparing for COVID-19 and managing risk for individuals at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores, and farms. These resources are based on guidance and best practices as outlined by Federal and State agencies. Our innovative and connected Extension staff and agents are delivering practical, […]

Frontline Workers

Attorney General Launches Website for First Responders and Healthcare Workers

Attorney General Maura Healey recently launched a new website focused on providing resources for healthcare workers and first responders in Massachusetts and information for the public on how to help and thank the front-line workers responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. FrontlineMA.org was created in collaboration with HubSpot and IDEO in response to the need for […]

Send a Message of Thanks to Workers on the Frontline During COVID-19

During this critical and unprecedented time there are people working on the frontlines battling COVID-19 and putting themselves in the path of the virus.  Our region’s doctors, nurses, technicians,  EMTs, pharmacists, police, firefighters and emergency responders are rising to the occasion and taking care of our residents on Cape Cod.  There are also our grocery […]

YMCA Cape Cod Expanding FREE childcare for ALL Essential Workers Effective April 1, 2020

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.

Healthcare and Insurance

COVID-19 Testing on Cape Cod

COVID-19 Testing Q&A for Businesses with Dr. Kevin Mulroy of Cape Cod Healthcare Watch a virtual Q&A session recorded on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 regarding testing and surveillance for COVID-19 as it relates to businesses opening. Below find find detailed information on several COVID-19 testing locations on Cape Cod.    

Questions about Medicare During COVID-19?

DID YOU KNOW? The Barnstable County SHINE Office is still available for your needs.  The SHINE Program provides FREE unbiased health insurance counseling information and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare. Please read the latest updates from Tracey Benson, Barnstable County’s Regional SHINE Manager. If you have any questions please call 508-375-6762 or shine.counselors@barnstablecounty.org or […]

Apply for MassHealth

Falmouth Service Centers offers assistance in applying for MassHealth. Visit their website here.  MassHealth information and online application can be found at the state website here.

Apply For Health Coverage through the Health Connector

Massachusetts residents losing their jobs and job-based health coverage can swiftly and easily make their way into health coverage through the Health Connector. Please direct Massachusetts residents to www.mahealthconnector.org to apply for coverage. The ConnectorCare program connects qualifying Massachusetts residents with affordable health coverage with low or $0 premiums and low co-pays and no deductibles. […]

Mental Health and Self-Care

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Crisis Counseling Assistance Program Call 888-215-4920 for Assistance

As part of its efforts to support the behavioral health needs of Massachusetts residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the availability of a new crisis counseling assistance program. The new program, MassSupport, is funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made available through the federal disaster declaration. Riverside […]

Intimate Partner Violence During COVID-19

According to the World Health Organization, violence against women tends to increase during every type of emergency, including epidemics. Older women and women with disabilities are likely to have additional risks and needs. These “stay at home” advisories can impact intimate partner violence, as not everyone’s home is safe. The Independence House has a 24-hour hotline. […]

Tele-Mental Health Services for Cape Cod

Even for those without behavioral health disorders, the necessary social distancing to combat COVID-19 can be stressful and isolating. Some things you can do to weather the effects of social distancing: Watch a movie with a friend over video chat. Go on a nature walk while keeping six feet of distance. Challenge a friend to […]

Ways to Manage Stress During COVID-19

The battle against COVID-19 has at least one side effect that doesn’t show up on a test: stress.  As we hunker down and follow orders to self-isolate, we cut ourselves off from many of the day-to-day things that help us navigate life, such as the structure of daily routine and face-to-face contact with friends and […]

Multilingual Resources

COVID-19 | Multilingual Resources

Below are links to information and materials regarding COVID-19 translated into other languages.  

Older Adults and Senior Assistance

Questions about Medicare During COVID-19?

DID YOU KNOW? The Barnstable County SHINE Office is still available for your needs.  The SHINE Program provides FREE unbiased health insurance counseling information and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare. Please read the latest updates from Tracey Benson, Barnstable County’s Regional SHINE Manager. If you have any questions please call 508-375-6762 or shine.counselors@barnstablecounty.org or […]

Free Grocery Delivery Service Launches for Barnstable County Seniors and Residents at Higher Risk

Free Grocery Delivery Service Launches for Barnstable County Seniors and Residents at Higher Risk The Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps’ Delivery Service​ will help people who should stay home receive groceries and critical household goods. (Barnstable, MA., April 29, 2020) – The Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), in service to the Barnstable County Incident Command COVID-19 […]

Key COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults

Stay healthy, safe and connected with these COVID-19 resources for older adults and caregivers from the National Council on Aging.

Moving A Loved One from A Nursing Home or Assisted Living During COVID-19?

Considerations for Moving a Loved One Home from a Nursing Facility, Rest Home or Assisted Living Residence During the declared State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, families may be considering whether their loved one should move from a Nursing Facility, Rest Home or Assisted Living Residence. Outlined HERE are some steps to evaluate […]

Contacts for Older Adults and People with Disabilities Needing Non-Medical Emergency Assistance

Older adults or people with disabilities needing non-medical emergency assistance and who cannot contact family, friends, or neighbors for help are advised to contact the agencies listed here.

Pets

Do You Need Help Caring for Your Pets During the Pandemic?

The Massachusetts Humane Society provides assistance to people who have lost their job, or are low income or disabled. The Society will assist most types of animals including dogs, cats, small animals, birds, exotics, horses and other barnyard animals, and wildlife. The Society can provide food, medicine, cat litter, hay, bedding, flea and tick prevention, and […]

CDC: If You Have Animals

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, infect only animals and do not infect humans.

Prevention

Please Show Up With A Mask

The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment is exploring new ways to convey to young locals and visitors the importance of wearing masks during the pandemic and launched the #ShowUpWithAMask campaign today. We get it. It’s summer and you would rather be on the beach or at a get-together with friends, but Cape Cod […]

Stay Healthy – Stay Open

To keep our businesses open and people employed, we need everyone to stay well. Massachusetts began reopening on March 25, one of the last to do so, and our rate of new cases has decreased by 75% from May 25 to July 10. We were also one of the first states to enact a mask […]

The Continued Importance of Face Coverings and Masks

Cloth face coverings and masks continue to be important in the prevention of COVID-19 spreading.  They are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source […]

Free COVID-19 Testing June 17 and June 18

The Commonwealth is urging anyone who has attended a large gathering in the past two weeks to get tested for COVID-19. This testing will be provided at no cost to you. Free COVID-19 Testing June 17 and June 18 June 15, 2020 – Governor Baker announced free COVID-19 testing for the public at 50 different […]

Answer The Call And Help Stop The Spread Of COVID-19

The MA COVID Team and local boards of health are working together on a contact tracing program to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Contact tracing is an important tool, and the MA COVID Team is part of the Community Tracing Collaborative created by Governor Charlie Baker. Everyone who has tested positive will […]

Looking for Face Masks?

Need a mask? Thank you to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce for providing this list of local businesses and individual makers that are making them. Just Picked Gifts https://justpickedgifts.com/ 508-362-0207 $4.95 per mask, 10% donated to Cape Cod Hospital Kookooshka Cape Cod Face Mask  Buy one, Donate one https://kookooshka.com/products/face-mask-buy-onedonate-one Destination Dress – $10 per […]

Learn How to Prevent COVID-19 and Know What to Do if You Get Sick

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How to Self-quarantine and Self-Isolate

Make sure you know how to self-isolate/self-monitor to protect yourself and others if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms.

CDC: Disinfecting Your Home if Someone is Sick

Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus When You Pump Gas

Despite social distancing and working from home, some of us still need to commute by car, or drive to places for food, medicine, and other supplies. The occasional trip to the gas station is unavoidable, as is touching the pump handle and payment keypad. Pump handles and credit card keypads, which are high-touch areas, could […]

How to Clean and Disinfect Your Surroundings Surfaces

Surfaces Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection products used. Clean your hands immediately after […]

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Have you created a household plan of action?

Put your household plan into action now. Continue to practice everyday preventive actions If someone in the household is sick, separate them into the prepared room If caring for a household member, follow recommended precautions and monitor your own health Keep surfaces disinfected Avoid sharing personal items If you become sick, stay in contact with others […]

Recreation

CDC: Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities – Dos and Don’ts

Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others. However, it’s important to “Know Before You Go”: […]

Podcast: County Entomologist Discusses of the Importance of Tick-Borne Disease Awareness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pat Desmarais of WXTK discusses tick-borne disease risk management with County Entomologist Larry Dapsis. While people are spending more time outdoors due to restrictions associated with COVID-19, it’s important to take the proper precautions against ticks and the serious illnesses they transmit.

Schools

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Extension of School and Non-Emergency Child Care Program Closures

New measures include deferred student loan payments, updated remote learning guidance and enacting legislation to protect residents from evictions and foreclosures. Please visit read more at UPDATES TO SCHOOL CLOSURES

Free Student Meal Services and Pickup Sites

View a list of free student meal services and pickup sites.

State of Massachusetts

State public health officials announce season’s first EEE positive mosquito sample

News Release – Massachusetts Department of Public Health Residents urged to start using bug spray to avoid getting bitten BOSTON (July 3, 2020) –  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts for the first time this year. The presence of […]

Massachusetts Reopening Plan by Industry Sectors

Governor Charlie Baker announced the following industry sectors may open, with guidance, in Phase I on the following dates: May 18 – Travel: all travelers to MA urged to self-quarantine for 14 days. Lodging restricted to essential workers only *Restaurant & Hospitality workgroup convened May 15 to develop procedures for reopening May 18 – Houses of […]

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Extension of School and Non-Emergency Child Care Program Closures

New measures include deferred student loan payments, updated remote learning guidance and enacting legislation to protect residents from evictions and foreclosures. Please visit read more at UPDATES TO SCHOOL CLOSURES

Update: MEMA Covid-19 Command Center Situation Report 7/30/20

The COVID Command Center, under the leadership of Secretary Marylou Sudders and reporting to Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, is the Commonwealth’s single point of strategic decision making and coordination for the Administration’s comprehensive COVID-19 response.  

Massachusetts Launches a COVID-19 Text Message Notification System

The new messaging tool called “AlertsMA” 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.

Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures and Executive Branch Employee Guidance

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced several updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak including extending the non-essential business emergency order and guidance for Executive Branch employees until May 4. The Department of Public Health’s Stay-At-Home Advisory remains in effect.

Substance Use Recovery Resources

Online Resources to Support Your Recovery

Online resources to support your recovery.

More Recovery Resources & Tips from SAMHSA

COVID-19 should not hinder someone’s recovery from addiction. Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council would like to call your attention to these virtual recovery resources compiled by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The Arts and Artists

Virtual arts: a festival, music, film, painting and more

In-person concerts, art shows and movies are still not allowed under social-distancing rules, but there are multiple ways to enjoy performances and other arts virtually from home. Here are some of the most recent ideas from local artists and organizations — with one faraway suggestion if you could really use a laugh:

When You Can’t Go To The Museums, They Can Come To You

If you are starting to get bored with your selections on Netflix, maybe it’s time to visit one of the many museums or galleries here on the Cape. Obviously, with the restrictions in place due to the Corona Virus, you can’t physically visit these places, but many have adapted to come to YOU via online […]

Transportation

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Adapts Amid COVID-19

As an essential service, the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority has made several changes to its usual operations to better deal with the coronavirus outbreak. The CCRTA advices residents to adhere to the stay at home guidelines put forward by health officials, but is still offering transportation for those who have essential needs.

Cape Cod RTA Announces Reduced Schedule

Starting March 21, the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority will operate on a reduced schedule. “Rather that leave major gaps in our service, we are going from hourly service to two-hour service,” CCRTA administrator Thomas S. Cahir said March 20.

Unemployment Benefits
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Help for Youth Applying for Unemployment

The Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice has released informational pamphlets on the CARES Act and Applying for Unemployment Benefits  to assist Youth and Young Adults navigate systems for critical resources during the Coronavirus pandemic. Access to these resources play an important role in maintaining housing stability for our region’s young persons facing financial hardship due to loss […]

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Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Starting April 20, 2020

Claimants are now able to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as of today, April 20, 2020. Apply at: www.mass.gov/pua PUA is a program open to the following individuals: Self-employed individuals, including gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors. Those seeking part-time employment Claimants that have an insufficient work history to qualify for benefits Claimants that […]

IRS Launches a Coronavirus Tax Relief Website

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.

Important Information Regarding Unemployment Insurance During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Barnstable, Massachusetts, March 20, 2020 – The Barnstable County Department of Human Services, in service to the Barnstable County Incident Command COVID-19 response, wishes to bring to the public’s attention the following information for workers who are out of work or losing hours due to COVID-19. For Workers Out of Work or Losing Hours Due to COVID-19: If […]

Volunteering

Join the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises approximately 175,000 volunteers in roughly 850 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories.   MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other […]

Cape Cod Healthcare Reminds Donors it is Safe to Give Blood

Blood is classified as a life-saving operational need. Due to the COVID-19 situation, 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. It’s important for people to know the coronavirus does not pose any known risk to blood […]

Uncategorized

The Continued Importance of Face Coverings and Masks

Cloth face coverings and masks continue to be important in the prevention of COVID-19 spreading.  They are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source […]

Barnstable County Provides Contact Tracing Update

The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment recently updated the public on coronavirus-related contact tracing within Barnstable County. Barnstable County Provides Contact Tracing Update

Massachusetts Reopening Plan by Industry Sectors

Governor Charlie Baker announced the following industry sectors may open, with guidance, in Phase I on the following dates: May 18 – Travel: all travelers to MA urged to self-quarantine for 14 days. Lodging restricted to essential workers only *Restaurant & Hospitality workgroup convened May 15 to develop procedures for reopening May 18 – Houses of […]

Answer The Call And Help Stop The Spread Of COVID-19

The MA COVID Team and local boards of health are working together on a contact tracing program to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Contact tracing is an important tool, and the MA COVID Team is part of the Community Tracing Collaborative created by Governor Charlie Baker. Everyone who has tested positive will […]

Task Force Launched to Reopen Cape Cod Safely

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2020 Contact: Frank Schulze (Senator Cyr’s office) 508-562-0840 (cell) Frank.Schulze@masenate.gov Task Force Launched to Reopen Cape Cod Safely (CAPE COD) A region-wide task force has been assembled to develop strategies for reopening Cape Cod once it is safe to do so. The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force is led by the […]

Supporting and Preserving our Seafood Industry During COVID-19

A MESSAGE FROM CAPE COD COOPERATIVE EXTENSION: Our local fishermen, seafood harvesters, and shellfish farmers have been feeding out communities for centuries. The COVID-19 pandemic is showing us how essential our local food producers are in a time of crisis. Since most seafood is consumed through restaurants, local fish businesses are facing a challenging time. […]

Intimate Partner Violence During COVID-19

According to the World Health Organization, violence against women tends to increase during every type of emergency, including epidemics. Older women and women with disabilities are likely to have additional risks and needs. These “stay at home” advisories can impact intimate partner violence, as not everyone’s home is safe. The Independence House has a 24-hour hotline. […]

Looking for Face Masks?

Need a mask? Thank you to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce for providing this list of local businesses and individual makers that are making them. Just Picked Gifts https://justpickedgifts.com/ 508-362-0207 $4.95 per mask, 10% donated to Cape Cod Hospital Kookooshka Cape Cod Face Mask  Buy one, Donate one https://kookooshka.com/products/face-mask-buy-onedonate-one Destination Dress – $10 per […]

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: myth busters from the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) addresses popular myths and rumors surrounding COVID-19.      

All Latest COVID-19 Community Tips

Please Show Up With A Mask

The Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment is exploring new ways to convey to young locals and visitors the importance of wearing masks during the pandemic and launched the #ShowUpWithAMask campaign today. We get it. It’s summer and you would rather be on the beach or at a get-together with friends, but Cape Cod […]

Stay Healthy – Stay Open

To keep our businesses open and people employed, we need everyone to stay well. Massachusetts began reopening on March 25, one of the last to do so, and our rate of new cases has decreased by 75% from May 25 to July 10. We were also one of the first states to enact a mask […]

Barnstable County Health Officials Stocking Up On Supplies

Barnstable County Health Officials Stocking Up On Supplies

The Continued Importance of Face Coverings and Masks

Cloth face coverings and masks continue to be important in the prevention of COVID-19 spreading.  They are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source […]

Food Access & Resources

See this Food Access Resources list, which we update regularly. Apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance) has partnered with local organizations to assistance in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP applications. Visit their website to start your online application here  or contact Harbor Health (information below – if you need assistance […]