COVID-19

WHAT IS COVID-19?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as the 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of 2019.

HOW IS THE COVID-19 SPREAD?

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person. It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on people who are nearby (within 6 feet). It may also be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a recently contaminated surface or object and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

Visit Boston.gov for more information on COVID-19.

The Charlestown Coalition is carefully monitoring and assessing the developments and consequences of COVID-19 and its impact on the Charlestown Community, our partners, and loved ones. In an effort to continue addressing the needs of the community, we've compiled a resource packet to help navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Please check back frequently as this resource will be updated as new information is released.

As the Coronavirus emerged in Massachusetts in early March, the Charlestown Coalition quickly shifted our services and programming to respond to the community needs, while maintaining the City and State protocols and requirements. This report reflects the work of the coalition during the surge of COVID, from March 16-June 30, 2020.

Community organizations have compiled a list of local food resources during COVID-19. *Please note, information is subject to change. Please contact service providers directly.


Click here to view the 2020 Charlestown Family Support Circle Summer Resource Flyer for youth and families.

Click here to view the Charlestown Family Support Circle Resource Flyer that includes a list of Community-Based Organizations serving youth and families during COVID-19.

Click here to view the Charlestown Coalition's Resource Flyer that includes a list of helpful hotline phone numbers and a checklist to prepare and protect families in case of a COVID-19 outbreak at home.

Check out the Charlestown Coalition's How To Use: Zoom Reference Guide for a quick introduction to using the video conference app Zoom for virtual communication.

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Important information regarding COVID-19 Vaccine:
*Experts say people can still spread and even develop COVID-19 after getting a vaccine.
*Immunity from the vaccine doesn’t begin to emerge until at least 12 days after inoculation.
*The vaccine doesn’t prevent coronavirus infection. It helps protect against serious illnesses.
*Experts advise people who get vaccinated to continue wearing a mask, washing their hands, and maintaining proper physical distancing.

If adverse events occur following the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, they should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Information on how to submit a report to VAERS is available at VAERS - Report an Adverse Event (vaers.hhs.gov) Including, but not limited to;
• Severe anaphylaxis or allergic reaction
• Cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome
• Cases of COVID-19 that result in hospitalization or death
Post-vaccination Recommendations:
After COVID-19 vaccination individuals should continue to follow all guidance for the prevention of COVID-19 infection and transmission.
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Important information regarding COVID-19 Vaccine: 
*Experts say people can still spread and even develop COVID-19 after getting a vaccine.
*Immunity from the vaccine doesn’t begin to emerge until at least 12 days after inoculation.
*The vaccine doesn’t prevent coronavirus infection. It helps protect against serious illnesses.
*Experts advise people who get vaccinated to continue wearing a mask, washing their hands, and maintaining proper physical distancing.

If adverse events occur following the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, they should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Information on how to submit a report to VAERS is available at VAERS - Report an Adverse Event (vaers.hhs.gov) Including, but not limited to;
  • Severe anaphylaxis or allergic reaction
• Cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome
• Cases of COVID-19 that result in hospitalization or death
Post-vaccination Recommendations:
After COVID-19 vaccination individuals should continue to follow all guidance for the prevention of COVID-19 infection and transmission.

More photos from last week's Race & Equity Discussion. Check back for information on our next community-wide conversation.

Thank you to Carolyn Chou the ED of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) for coming to describe the AAPI experience and provide a comprehensive history of the AAPI community in Boston.

Special thanks to City-Councilor Lydia Edwards & team, MGB @massgeneral for providing the Community Care Vans (equipped with staff ready to answer questions on Covid vaccines), and the staff from the MGH Charlestown Health Center @mgh_rslc, all of whom participated in the dialogue.
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Last Thursday, we held our first in-person Race and Equity Discussion post covid! It was an incredible and insightful evening at the Charlestown Peace Park with @lydia4boston, @bostonpolice A1 officers, the Charlestown community, and The Charlestown Coalition discussing matters of race, equity, ethnicity and unity.

Thank you to Carolyn Chou the ED of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) for coming to describe the AAPI experience and provide a comprehensive history of the AAPI community in Boston.

Special thanks to MGB @massgeneral for providing the Community Care Vans (equipped with staff ready to answer questions on Covid vaccines) and the staff from the MGH Charlestown Health Center @mgh_rslc, all of whom participated in the dialogue.

We invite all who are interested in these conversations to join us at our next discussion! Information and date to follow.
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Happiest of birthdays to this amazing woman! Fatima, you have helped shaped this group into what it is today! Now and always we celebrate how awesome of a person you are and wish you the best birthday ever! Love, your TIA family! #turnitaround #celebratebirthdays #happybirthday ... See MoreSee Less

Happiest of birthdays to this amazing woman! Fatima, you have helped shaped this group into what it is today! Now and always we celebrate how awesome of a person you are and wish you the best birthday ever! Love, your TIA family! #turnitaround #celebratebirthdays #happybirthday
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