Tufts MC Offers COVID-19 Testing in Chinatown

Tufts MC moved its COVID-19 screening clinic across the street to the school after extensive talks with the City of Boston. The added space allows five times the number of people to be screened each day. Lab processing is performed at the Medical Center and results are available within 2 days. By moving its clinic to the new location, Tufts MC will be able to increase our capacity to treat emergency room patients which will help handle a surge of cases that is anticipated by the state this month.

Tufts Medical Center has partnered with the City of Boston and Boston Public Schools to do our part to broaden testing soon as possible. We believe this will benefit not only our city, but Chinatown residents will directly benefit as they will be able to be tested right here, in their neighborhood, whether they are traditionally a Tufts MC patient or not. The safety of everyone in our community was, and continues to be, top of mind as the site was developed, ensuring strict safety protocols, rigorous infection prevention and control procedures, and the same thorough daily cleaning measures taken at the Medical Center. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Hours of Operation:

The screening site is open:

Monday – Friday 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 7 am – 5 pm

Criteria for testing

You must have fever or signs and symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose) and meet the following criteria to be eligible to test for COVID-19:

  • A healthcare provider or EMT who has symptoms and has worked directly with patients.
  • Close contact to confirmed COVID-19 case in group settings.
  • History of domestic travel within last 14 days to CDC Level 3 location with known community transmission (e.g., King County WA; Westchester, NY; Solano, CA).
  • A history of international travel to CDC Level 3 country or location within 14 days of having symptoms.
  • At risk due to advanced age (>60 years old) or co-morbidity.
  • Part of a cluster of acute respiratory illness in group setting.
  • In close (household) contact of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

For more details and up to date information, please go here.

RFP from Tufts University; Deadline May 4

From our friends at Tufts University…

Tisch

OPEN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Tisch College Community Research Center, Tufts University

The Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts (TCRC) is a collaborative of Tufts researchers and community representatives from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Grafton/Worcester areas.

The TCRC 2020-21 seed grant opportunity for community-university research projects is open to Tufts faculty and their community partners, in any discipline or field. Awards averaging $12,000 are available for a one-year period (July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021). Applicant research teams must include at least one Tufts-based researcher with a faculty appointment and at least one representative from a community-based organization. Proposals are highly encouraged but not required to address urgent or overlooked issues identified by community groups and/or issues related to Tufts host communities (including Boston Chinatown). For information on TCRC, previously funded projects, and the application process, please see: https://tischcollege.tufts.edu/research/tcrc

Proposal deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020, 5:00 PM EST.

Please reach out to Elaine Donnelly, Director of TCRC, with any questions or further information: elaine.donnelly[at]tufts.edu

COVID-19 Update: South Cove Manor at Quincy Point

An update from our friends at South Cove Manor at Quincy Point

To all Families and Friends of South Cove Manor,

  During these unprecedented times, keeping people informed with accurate information is essential. I wanted to provide all of you with an update as to how South Cove Manor is working incredibly hard to keep our residents and staff safe.

  As of the writing of this letter, we have sent out 12 tests on residents that had shown signs or symptoms of Covid-19. Thankfully, 10 of those tests have come back negative, while 2 tests are still outstanding. At this point, we do not have any positive cases of the virus amongst our residents or staff members. Please rest assured that should this change, we will notify the entire South Cove Manor Family immediately.

  We receive constant guidance and updates form the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). We follow the current guidance and regulations to the letter at all times. Some notable guidance that we are following:

  • No group Activities.
  • No communal dining; residents eat meals on individual tables, and are at least 6 feet apart
  • Staff members wear masks at all times while in the building.
  • Residents that show signs or symptoms of Covid-19 are immediately tested, and isolated until test results are received.
  • Consistent staff are assigned to care for residents, thereby limiting the number of interactions and potential exposures.
  • Access to the building is limited to the front door only.
  • All staff members are screened for signs or symptoms, including temperature checks, upon their arrival to the building.

  Another topic that I wanted to update everyone on is the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). I know the shortage of PPE has been widely publicized in the media, and while South Cove Manor is not immune to this shortage, we are in a much better situation than many healthcare facilities. The reason for that is due to many of YOU that are reading this letter. The community support we have received in the form of PPE donations has been nothing short of amazing. We have received close to 10,000 surgical masks from organizations, businesses, family members, and random, individual people – many of whom had no prior connection to South Cove Manor. These donations have allowed us to keep our staff and residents safe, and we are eternally grateful to all of you. In addition, we have received assistance from DPH when we’ve asked for it, including a supply of KN95 masks made possible by Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots. I want to say a special note of thanks to South Cove Community Health Center, who has always been a tremendous friend and resource to our organization, and especially during this crisis.

  Finally, I would be remiss in not recognizing our outstanding staff at South Cove. The vast majority of our staff have continued to provide the high level of care that we are known for. They come to work every day knowing that they play a vital role in protecting our residents from this virus, and we could not be more proud of the work that they do. We are doing everything we can to keep them safe, and we continue to provide special recognition and thank them whenever possible. We have received several questions from family members asking about ways that they could provide thank yous to our staff. We ask that if you would like to recognize our staff for the tremendous job they are doing, that you contact Li Chen our administrator, or Carrie Peck, our executive assistant about donations.

 Thank you all, and please stay safe.

Sincerely,

 William J. Graves

President & CEO

中華頤養院Covid-19更新

至中華頤養院的家人和朋友,

 

在這空前的時期,使人們了解準確的信息至關重要。我想向大家提供有關中華頤養院如何努力工作以確保我們的院民和員工安全的最新信息。

 

在寫這封信時,我們已經對顯示Covid-19症狀或體徵的院民進行了12個測試。值得慶幸的是,這些測試中有10個返回陰性,而2個仍然等待測試結果。截至今日,我們的院民或工作人員中沒有任何陽性病毒病例。請放心,如有任何進行或改變,我們將立即通知整個中華頤養院的家人和朋友。

 

我們從疾病控制中心(CDC),醫療保險和醫療補助中心(CMS)以及馬薩諸塞州公共衛生部(DPH)不斷獲得指導和更新。我們始終遵循該信函的當前指導和規定。我們遵循的一些重要指導:

 

  • ·     沒有小組活動。
  • ·     沒有公共用餐;院民在單獨的桌子上用餐,並且相距至少6英尺
  • ·     員工在大樓內時始終戴口罩。
  • ·     表現出Covid-19症狀或體徵的院民將立即接受測試,並隔離直到收到測試結果。
  • ·     分配了一致的工作人員照顧院民,從而限制了互動和潛在接觸的次數。
  • ·     進入大樓物僅限於前門。
  • ·     所有員工到達大樓後,都要進行體格檢查或症狀檢查,包括體溫檢查。

 

我想向所有人介紹的另一個主題是個人防護設備(PPE)的供應。我知道PPE的短缺已經在媒體上廣為宣傳,儘管中華頤養院無法倖免於這種短缺,但與許多醫療機構相比,我們的處境要好得多。原因是由於你們中的許多人正在閱讀這封信。我們通過個人防護裝備捐贈獲得驚人的社區支持。我們已經收到來自組織,企業,家庭成員以及隨機的個人的近10,000個口罩,其中許多人以前與中華頤養院沒有關係。這些捐款使我們能夠確保員工和院民的安全,我們永遠感謝你們所有人。此外,當我們需要DPH時,我們也提供了幫助,其中包括由Robert Kraft和New England Patriots提供的KN95口罩。我要特別感謝華人醫務中心,他一直是我們組織的寶貴朋友和資源,特別是在這次危機期間。

 

最後,如果我不承認我們在中華頤養院的出色員工,我會很失落。我們絕大部分的工作人員繼續提供眾所周知的高水平護理。他們每天上班,知道他們在保護我們的院民免受這種病毒的侵害中起著至關重要的作用,我們為他們所做的工作感到自豪。我們將盡一切努力確保他們的安全,我們將繼續給予特別的認可,並在可能的情況下感謝他們。我們已經收到來自家庭成員的幾個問題,詢問他們如何向我們的員工表示感謝。我們要求,如果您想認可我們的員工所做的巨大工作,請與我們的管理員Li Chen或我們的行政助理Carrie Peck聯繫有關捐款的事宜。

真誠的

 

威廉·J·格雷夫斯

總裁兼首席執行官

Updates from April 2020 Meeting: Census and Relief Fund for Asian Americans

Meeting Highlights


The Chinatown Coalition
April 9 @ 9:30 AM

Glad to see over 30 people join our first online TCC meeting. We especially thank Mayor Walsh and Councilor Flynn for joining us, along with many other dedicated public officials.

Census 2020
Chinese Language Resources

To take the Census remotely, including getting Chinese language help with questions about filling out the form and confidentiality, please see these two flyers and distribute them as needed.

Taking the Census Remotely

Taking the Census Remotely (Chinese version)

For videos in various languages on taking the Census, see here.


Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund

If you or your family member have tried applying for other benefits but are ineligible, you might qualify for a gift card from the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund.

To apply, please call our hotline during Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.

  • Cantonese: 617-681-5416
  • Mandarin: 617-902-0342
  • Khmer: 617-952-4556
  • Vietnamese: 617-701-6028

All lines also speak English.

If you would like to learn more or donate to Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund, go here.


Other Community Resources

During the meeting, various other groups offered to help. See contact list below:

Boston Dept of Neighborhood ServicesLisa Hy
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement
Office of Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn
Tufts UniversityLiza Perry, Community Relations

Sorry if you offered resources during the meeting but you’re not included here. We didn’t save all the chat history so had to reconstruct this list from memory. If you would like to have your info included on TCC’s website, let us know.

 

COVID-19 Testing in Chinatown

From our friends at Tufts Medical Center:

Please see the links below for English and Chinese language Criteria and Testing Information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ_ for COVID-19 testing taking place at 885 Washington Street (Josiah Quincy Elementary School). 

COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Testing and Criteria

COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions 關於新冠肺炎(COVID-19)測試站點的常見問題

Testing and Criteria (Chinese Version) 塔夫茨醫療中心(Tufts Medical Center)的新冠肺炎(COVID-19)測試

Census 2020 Resources in Chinese

Our friends at Chinese Progressive Association have produced a flyer for their members to encourage them to call or go online to fill out the Census 2020 in either Chinese (Traditional) or Chinese (Simplified).

Census2020 Flyer

Asian Health Symposium

Sixth Annual Asian Health Symposium—Friday, April 3

Chinatown is experiencing development, economic pressure, and change. Learn how the community is navigating these challenges and fostering resilience to improve access to community health and well-being at the Sixth Annual Asian Health Symposium Navigating Change: Building Community Resilience Through Community-Prioritized Research on Friday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tufts Center for Medical Education145 Harrison Ave.room 114. Space is limited so register today!

 

February 2020 TCC General Meeting

The Chinatown Coalition

Agenda for February 13, 2020

1. Introduction and Welcome
2. Legislative Update, Annissa Essaibi George, Boston City Councilor, At-Large
3. Smoking & Vaping

  • Tufts Asian Health Initiative, Sherry Dong, Tufts Med Center
  • State & Local Activities, Edgar Elmudesi, Health Resources in Action
  • Stories from the Field, Trinh Britton, Youth Essential Services

4. 2020 Initiatives in Chinatown
Rachel Lake, The Greenway Conservancy
5. Announcements