UPDATED May 19, 2020
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is dedicated to helping older adults, caregivers, and people with disabilities throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Providing reliable information is an important part of how we provide assistance. The following is a list of helpful state and federal resources on Coronavirus, along with information about how SCES is providing local support and taking steps to reduce the risk of exposure.
The state has partnered with Buoy Health to launch a free tool to help residents assess symptoms and determine if they should seek medical care or a Coronavirus test.
The state has established a dedicated Coronavirus site, which includes:
- Daily updates
- Hotline and text alert information
- A “what you should do” section
- Information about COVID-19
- Regulations and guidance
- Information about where to get help, and how to help others
- Affected government services
The state is providing daily updates about Coranavirus in Massachusetts, which includes a daily dashboard of key numbers, which can be found here.
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs has also provided tips about Food Safety During Social Distancing.
Additional resources about Coronavirus, including a map tracking cases nationwide, are available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
The CDC website also includes guidelines for how people at higher risk–older adults and people with chronic medical conditions– can reduce their risk of exposure to Coronavirus.
Specific resources in the CDC website include guidance on:
- What to do if you are sick or caring for someone
- Should you get tested or seek medical care?
- Tips for daily life and coping
Click here for a list of local resources that help connect older adults with food.
The City of Cambridge has established a Coronavirus resources page for older adults on its website. Click here for updates from the city on closures and other news. If you are a Cambridge resident age 60 or older and would like a face mask, please click here for more details.
The City of Somerville has established a Coronavirus page on its website. Click here for updates from the city on closures and other news. If you are a Somerville resident age 60 or older and would like a face mask, contact the Somerville Council on Aging.
Click here for an update on measures is Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services is taking to reduce risk of exposure during the pandemic.
The SCES Aging Information Center provides free information and advice on a wide variety of aging, disability and caregiving issues, and can be contacted by calling 617-628-2601 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) is a non-profit agency that supports the independence and well-being of older people in Somerville and Cambridge.