Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Massachusetts RMV-Approved Defensive Driving Courses

Due to coronavirus concerns, to ensure the health and wellbeing of our instructors and students, the National Safety Council and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (MA RMV) have canceled all MA classroom driver safety classes through May 4. This includes the 8-hour Driver Retraining Program, 4-hour Driver Attitudinal Retraining Program and the 4-hour State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR) Program.

The MA RMV has temporarily approved an alternative way to deliver the statutorily required content in the form of a 4-hour online class. For a limited time, participation in the online course will fulfill your in-person class requirement. The process is easy and convenient, and the online course can be completed right from your own home.

Find detailed information and sign-up https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/services/state-programs/massachusetts



Expansion Of Rapid COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing In Massachusetts Announced by Baker-Polito Administration, CVS

The Baker-Polito Administration and CVS announced the launch of a new rapid testing site in Lowell, which will enable on-the-spot COVID-19 testing and results at no cost. The new CVS site in Lowell will use the new Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 test. With the launch of this site, Massachusetts is the third state where CVS has launched rapid testing sites, joining Georgia and Rhode Island.

CVS Health will be transitioning its efforts to support COVID-19 testing in Mass. to the Lowell location, which allows for up to 1,000 patients to be tested per day and receive results on-site so they can properly quarantine or seek treatment as appropriate. As a result, the company will be halting COVID-19 testing at the original Shrewsbury pilot testing site.

“The continued expansion of testing, along with our new efforts around community tracing, will enable the Commonwealth to better track and slow the spread of this virus,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

Similar to the CVS rapid COVID-19 test sites in Georgia and Rhode Island, testing at the Lowell site will be overseen by licensed health care providers from MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health. The rapid COVID-19 testing will take place in the parking lot of the Showcase Cinemas located at 32 Reiss Avenue, in Lowell, and no testing will take place at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations. Patients will need to pre-register in advance online at CVS.com in order to schedule a same-day time slot for testing.

Massachusetts has dramatically increased COVID-19 testing capacity and output. In addition to the Department of Public Health’s State Public Health Laboratory, more than 22 public and private labs are completing testing. 76,429 patients have been tested, with 4,492 tested yesterday alone.


Help Prevent COVID-19 While Outdoors

Visitors of parks and outdoor spaces should:
  • Stay within solitary or small groups, and avoid gatherings of ten or more people, 
  • Practice social distancing, 
  • Participate in only non-contact recreational activities, 
  • Practice healthy personal hygiene, such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds, and, 
  • Stay home if ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.


Coronavirus Update on North Shore 104.9 FM Tuesday

Today in the 9 o'clock hour on North Shore 104.9 with Donnie & Erika, we have Sue Gabriel, Executive Director of Beverly Bootstraps. This non-profit organization was founded in 1992 as a Food Pantry. They have grown to be a leading social service agency on the North Shore. They provide their clients with opportunities to be embraced by the community, become educated about resources available and empowered to improve their own lives.

Sue will share with us what Beverly Bootstraps is doing to assist people during the pandemic.
#Covid19MA #Mapoli


Monday, April 6, 2020

Coronavirus Update on North Shore 104.9 FM Monday

Lynn, Massachusetts Tom McGee-Mayor of Lynn joins Erika & Donnie, & I this hour on North Shore 104.9 to talk about the city's response to the #Covid19MA crisis.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Contact Tracers For Massachusetts - A First-In-The-Nation Plan

Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Soon, that may mean helping inform contact tracers.

Massachusetts has quickly ramped up testing to now have the 3rd highest COVID-19 testing capacity and output in the nation. To further the effort of combatting this illness, the Baker administration has launched a first of its kind in the nation initiative which will focus on tracing the contacts of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients.

Contact tracing will be combined with the state’s efforts to increase testing and will provide support to people in quarantine in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. This will engage the deployment of nearly 1,000 tracers working in unison.



Friday, April 3, 2020

DCR Recreational Advisory: Postponement of Shoreline Fishing Within Watershed Properties

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is postponing the start of shoreline fishing at Quabbin Reservoir, Sudbury Reservoir, and Wachusett Reservoir from Saturday, April 4, 2020 until Saturday, May 9, 2020. Additionally, the opening of the boat launch areas for fishing within the Quabbin Reservoir is also postponed until Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Quabbin Reservoir
Sudbury Reservoir
Wachusett Reservoir