COVID-19 Alerts & Notifications

City of Fitchburg COVID-19 Information and Resources

July 2, 2020 Update

  1. Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale, 7/2/2020 COVID-10 Update

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  2. Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale, 6/26/2020 COVID-19 Update

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  3. Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale, 6/19/2020 COVID-19 Update

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  4. Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale, 6/12/2020 COVID-19 Update

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  1. Landfill Drop off Sticker Permits

    Due to COVID-19, the expiration date of sticker permits has been extended from June 30th to AUGUST 31st. Read On...
  2. COVID-19 HOTLINE 1-844-968-3323

    NEW! Montachusett Public Health Network (MPHN)-COVID -19 HOTLINE for questions 1-844-968-3323 Read On...
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Covid-19 Resources

Text COVIDMA to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alerts from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Manténgase informado sobre la enfermedad COVID-19 en Massachusetts. Envíe COVIDMAESP al 888-777.

The office of Attorney General Maura Healey lists a variety of resources for individuals, families, and small businesses, including consumer resources, information regarding student loans, and FAQs for employees and employers. 

Fitchburg Health Department Guidance, including updates on confirmed cases in Fitchburg.

COVID-19 Test Site Locator

City of Fitchburg Department Guides

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Resources

Health Department Operations

Community Development Business Assistance & E-Permitting guide

Department of Public Works COVID-19 Updates

Building Department Permitting Guidance

Reopening Fitchburg Resources - Reopening Fitchburg Task Force

Child Care

Click Here: Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs
To slow the spread of coronavirus, Governor Baker issued an emergency order on March 18 temporarily closing all early childhood education programs across the State of Massachusetts. This will remain in effect until April 6, 2020 and may be extended as needed. All families should keep children out of group care settings to the greatest extent possible. Emergency Child Care Programs are for when all other non-group-care settings have been exhausted and families have no other options. Do not contact an emergency child care program unless you require emergency, back-up, drop-in care.

Fitchburg Locations:

Children’s Aid and Family Service (Seven Hills) 
Montachusett YMCA Natalia Carmona
305 Pratt Rd., #1  
978-696-6034
n.carmona.f@gmail.com  

Fitchburg Public Schools

Find updates and resources on the Fitchburg Public Schools homepage.

Summer Meal Site Map

Internet Access 

(via highspeedinternet.net )

Verizon Lifeline is a discount on its internet plans and is available only to low-income households. The discount can only be applied to Verizon Fios plans offering 18 Mbps download speeds or above.

Verizon has also agreed to the FCC’s Keep American’s Connected requirements and so it will not be disconnecting customers who don’t pay or charging late payment fees during the virus outbreak. The company is also waiving activation and upgrade fees for the time being.

Comcast’s Xfinity has a low-income plan, called Internet Essentials.  To make life easier for households hit by financial problems during the COVID-19 pandemic, Xfinity is offering access to this service for free for 60-days, but only for new sign-ups. Existing Internet Essentials customers will benefit, however, because the company is going to increase the allowed download speed of the service from 15 Mbps to 25 Mbps for the period of the lockdown.

The discounted Xfinity service is only available to households receiving Federal assistance. Its regular price is $9.94 and that includes set up costs and equipment rental fee. The extensive Xfinity network of public wifi hotspots will be free for all to use for the duration of the crisis and the company is also suspending all data caps on its home internet plans. Comcast will not disconnect any customers or charge late payment fines over the next 60 days.

Miscellaneous Business Resources

ABCC Advisory Regarding Off-Premises Consumption

Recreation During Social Distancing

You can still stay active and get fresh air, even while gyms and other recreational spaces are closed.
Please understand that playground equipment is not to be used at this time, as it cannot be properly sanitized. 

Check out Fitchburg’s trails and parks for great places to walk, jog, and get fresh air. Please note that all playgrounds and dog parks have been closed for the safety of all. You can read the notice here.

Click here for different ways you and your family can enjoy physical activity from the comfort and safety of your home.

Registry of Motor Vehicles - Extension of Licenses and Inspection Stickers

The Massachusetts RMV has extended the deadline for some inspection stickers and some licenses that are set to expire. Click here for the RMV’s COVID-19 changes

Resources for Residents

Filing for Unemployment
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Eligibility Checklist
CARES Act and Regular UI Eligibility Flow Chart

Equal Access to Care

MassHire COVID-19 Resources

MART
During this period from March 24-April 7, in conjunction with the Governor’s directive, MART will institute a free fare on all MART transit services to limit contact with the driver and the farebox surface. All passengers, except those needing the ramp deployed, will enter and exit the bus using the rear door. This policy is to help our drivers and passengers to stay safe and still provide these essential services to the public.

Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Meals on Wheels, through MOC, Inc. continues to operate in Fitchburg. Contact 978-345-8501 to register. 

Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures

The Nursing Home Family Resource Line connects family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need during the COVID-19 outbreak. The line is staffed from 9 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week. Staff will coordinate across state agencies to help callers find answers to their questions. Families and community members can call the line at (617) 660-5399.

United Way 211 Online or dial 2-1-1.

Unitil Resources

Your Rights and Protections

Scam and Phishing 

While during times of crisis, many people work together to make things better, there are those who would seek to take advantage of vulnerable people. 

Beware any email, social media post, or other source that claims to have a cure for COVID-19. 

Phishing scams are also common, and not just during times of crisis. The Federal Trade Commission has published an article about how to recognize and avoid phishing scams.

Small Business Disaster Relief 

Applicants may apply online and download applications to mail in forms at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela .

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.  Call early, waiting times can be upwards of one hour at peak times. 

Individuals who need language assistance, need to call in and reach a customer service specialist in English first - then you are able to ask for an interpreter in other languages who will get conferenced-in. Our resource partners may also have staff/volunteers that speak other languages.

Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Completed applications should be mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155

SBA Resource Business Guide / SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Announcement 
SBA Disaster Assistance Info Sheet / EIDL Asistencia de Desastre de la SBA

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

North Central MA Chamber of Commerce CARES Act Summary

US Chamber of Commerce Emergency Loan Small Business Guide and Checklist

Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority Economic Resiliency Grant

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Paycheck Protection Program: How to Take Advantage of the Program

Empowerment Grant for Small Businesses - Due May 29, 2020

COVID Relief Coalition

Support for Nonprofit Organizations

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts has developed a Critical Needs COVID-19 Fund to support nonprofit organizations. To apply for funding, donate to the fund, or for more information, please click here.

COVID Relief Coalition

Testing information

Announcement: Drive-Up Testing at UMass Memorial Health Alliance Hospital
Update: A doctor’s note is no longer required to be eligible for testing at this time.
Patients must call 978-466-2627 ahead of arrival to register. 

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Past Video Updates

June 26, 2020 Update

May 29, 2020 Update

May 22, 2020 Update

May 15, 2020 Update

May 8, 2020 Update

May 1, 2020 Update