Coronavirus: Information & Resources

We’re all watching the news here at the Foundation for MetroWest, as we’re sure you are, regarding the concerns around the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impacts to our MetroWest communities, events, and the work of our nonprofit partners.

Recently, the MBTA announced that it will aggressively clean and disinfect transit stations and vehicles. Organizations like ourselves are evaluating and making contingency plans for conferences, galas, and other upcoming events. Currently, the MA Department of Public Health states that the health risk of COVID-19 to the general public in our state is low. We are monitoring the situation and preparing response plans in order to be prepared in case the spread of the virus impacts our communities.

We know that this situation is causing anxiety, not only in our communities, but also in the nonprofit sector. Please see the collection of resources below from trusted outlets regarding the virus, prevention and treatment protocols, business continuity planning guidance, and frequently asked questions. We hope you find these resources useful as we work together to continue to serve all who live, work, play, and learn in MetroWest. We will be sure to share additional trusted resources as they become available.


Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019

Recently, a new coronavirus-Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-was detected in Wuhan, China. This novel coronavirus causes a respiratory (lung) infection. There has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Public Health Preparedness Resources

The CDC offers resources to assist health departments with their strategic planning to strengthen their public health preparedness capabilities. 

Interim Guidance for Businesses/Employers to Plan/Respond

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Americans should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. Protect yourself & your community from getting & spreading respiratory illnesses like this. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready & staying healthy.


World Health Organization Update on COVID-19

On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.

COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need to Know About Coronavirus

Over the past few weeks, coverage of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has dominated the news cycle. While the world has responded with swift mobilization, it is difficult to plan for the effect an outbreak could have on your community. Thankfully, infectious disease experts around the globe have developed advice on how to prepare for an outbreak, both personally and in the workplace.