Lowell General Hospital is Accepting Donations

We have received several offers to donate needed medical supplies as we plan for a potential surge of patients. Supplies most needed at hospitals across the country include personal protective equipment, primarily N95 masks, protective gowns, procedure and surgical masks, and hand sanitizer.

While we are unable to receive outside meal and beverage deliveries at the hospital locations due to visitor restrictions and the need to reduce volume into our locations at this time to decrease the spread of the virus, we encourage those restaurants and other businesses that are interested in supporting our employees and providers to consider providing free or discounted purchases options. Some are now offering free meals or coffee to our hospital staff if they show their hospital ID badge at the time of pick up. Others are providing gift cards or discounts that we have been able to distribute to our staff for use at local establishments.

If you are interested in supporting Lowell General Hospital in either of these ways, please email [email protected] and a member of our team will follow up as soon as possible.

Lowell Public Schools expand lunch sites

Lunch will now be provided at a total of 9 sites around lowell during weekdays.

All students ages 2-18 are eligible for the lunch program.

Students don’t have to be present to pick up a meal, a parent or neighbor can pick up the student’s lunch.

The times and locations are subject to change, so please check the Lowell Public Schools website or Facebook/Twitter pages for any updates.

Division of Housing Stability Update

From an official at the Division of Housing Stability:

  • Families who need to apply for EA Shelter should call remote line 1-866-584-0653. Do not go to local DHS/DTA offices - they will be closed to visitors.

  • Shelter families should reach out to their case manager if they need assistance with food, cleaning supplies, or other means of mitigating the spread of COVID-19

  • DHCD emailed out a notice to shelter families today regarding how best to prepare themselves.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Due to the rising concern of the impact of the COVID-19 virus , particularly on vulnerable populations in our community, such as the elderly, low-income and homeless, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation is starting the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support the unanticipated needs of those nonprofits serving our community during these uncertain times. Requests have come into the foundation for funds to cover unforeseen costs of needs including: portable sinks, antibacterial supplies, lunch bags and supplies as well as prepackaged food. The Community Foundation has seeded the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund with an initial amount of $10,000. GLCF will accept community donations and working in concert with our public health departments, will strategically grant to local nonprofits serving those affected by the COVID-19 virus.

Massachuetts closes schools, restaurants for 3 weeks

Summary

Starting on March 17th, and continuing until April 6th:

  • All elementary and secondary schools are suspended

  • Gatherings are limited to 25 people

  • Restaurants cannot serve food, but can offer take-out and delivery

Additionally:

  • All medical insurances must cover telehealth services

  • Insurers must cover COVID-19 treatment and testing without co-pays or coinsurance

  • Assisted living residences are to ban visitors

  • Hospitals must screen visitors

  • Hospitals must cancel non-essential elective procedures

  • The RMV is extending expiration dates for licenses that would expire between March 1st, 2020 and April 30th, 2020

Lowell Public Schools Closed March 16-March 27th

Summary

All Lowell Public Schools will be closed for two weeks, starting Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. This includes all school-related activities scheduled to take place during this period of time.

  • Still no confirmed cases in Lowell

  • Central office continuing operations with remote access as deemed appropriate

  • The Family Resource Center (FRC) will be open, providing limited services.

  • Preschool registration will be delayed, from the originally scheduled date of March 16th.

Lunch

Lunch will be provided at 5 sites, with a food truck on location for 30 minutes a day at each site.

A schedule will be sent when it has been finalized.

Lowell Public Schools is also working to set up additional sites as needed.