UPDATE Please see https://mutualaidarlington.org for more current information!
Quick Links - Updated
- Need books? Library online resources or local bookstores with free shipping.
- Need food? Check out updated grocery store hours, or seek help (or donate) to ArlingtonEats/FoodLink.
- Need drugs? Here’s all the local pharmacies with phone numbers and estimated hours.
- Want delivery? Delivery services are still working, but with delays.
- Need help from neighbors? Please join in the new Mutual Aid Arlington network!
- MassLive news site list of open or closed categories of businesses.
What Is Arlington Doing?
The town announced public facilities closures starting Thursday March 12th, for two or more weeks:
- Public schools closed through “at least 27 March”, including sports and other events.
- Town offices are limiting services - “through at least March 27… suspend most nonessential town services and cancel board and committee meetings until further notice.”:
- All town committee/group meetings cancelled
- Town Hall - CLOSED in person, only use telephone or email/request forms
- Arlington Public Library - CLOSED
- What other libraries are open? Check out my handy list here!
- Arlington Recreation Department - CLOSED
- Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC) - CLOSED, however “AYCC clinicians will continue to offer their regular counseling and mental health sessions to current clients and client families via phone calls and telemedicine services.”
- Arlington Senior Center - CLOSED
- Playgrounds - CLOSED to groups
- Local gyms (all kinds) - CLOSED
- Senior rides and meals will operate
- Arlington Police are of course still on the job! However they urge everyone to call or use online forms to make requests or reports when possible.
- Sign up for town alerts or follow on social media in the Communications Center
- League of Women’s Voters Candidates Night is cancelled. They still offer an online candidate’s guide for brief statements.
- ELECTIONS Anyone can request an absentee ballot by filling in the application, signing it, and either mailing or emailing a scanned/picture copy of it to the town clerk’s office. Be sure to allow time for it to be mailed to you.
- Town Meeting is scheduled to start 27-April. A decision will be made later if postponement or other changes are needed.
- UPDATE: Arlington official updates on food services being continued.
- Arlington schools are planning to provide to-go lunches for APS students from the Thompson School lobby starting Monday 16-March, from 10:30AM - Noon.
- Arlington Eats is continuing operations, and appreciates donations!
- Food Link is still operating from their new location at 888 Mass Ave and also appreciates donations!
- Great article from The Atlantic on How To Get Food During A Pandemic
- Arlington Housing Authority (no new programs posted 14-Mar)
- Housing Corporation Of Arlington (no new programs posted 14-Mar)
- Somerville Homeless Coalition (donation link for their program)
Local Government Resources
- Quick high-level help and pointers come from Mass 211
- The CDC still has excellent advice, even in the face of reports of not enough tests.
- CDC Fact Sheets, including in Spanish and Chinese.
- Mass Department of Public Health information page lists local resources, with updates our the MA State of Emergency
- Boston Public Library has a great list of resources too.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) provides resources in other languages, like Arabic, French, Russian, and more.
Scientific And Trusted News Resources
There are a lot of scientists working on this - a lot of scammers too.
Check sources before sending articles along - it’s almost always worth finding the underlying scientific report or alert, instead of sharing that clickbait article on some website you found.
- Elsevier COVID-19 Information center and Science Direct with various peer-reviewed journals and practical papers.
- The Lancet’s respected scientific journals coverage of COVID-19.
- WHO’s meta-listing of scientific papers on COVID-19.
- New York Times coverage on COVID-19 is now free for all (not paywalled).
- NPR’s guide on preparing your home.
- This well-researched Medium article by Tomas Pueyo gives a good overview of the larger implications of COVID-19.
- Bob Sprague’s Your Arlington is worth reading regularly for hyper-local Arlington news.
- SSRN scientific papers custom listing of COVID-19 related topics.
Data Visualizations Related To COVID-19
There are a lot of fancy data maps or visualizations tracking the spread of COVID-91, including one by a high school student. A handful of ones from well-researched sources are here:
- Johns Hopkins public health has one of the best datasets and visualizations.
- The COVID19 Tracker team (from the Atlantic) are also analyzing detailed US data.
- Tableau software offers free visualizations you can re-use.
- Datawrapper software also has some free reusable charts.
Other Great Resources? Send In Updates!
If you have other good resources - especially from government sources
or with serious scientific backing - please send them in, I’ll update this.
Similarly, if you are working on a resource list, or have a volunteer list to help people stuck at home, let me know and I can link it.
If you’re on Github’: just click “Propose change on GitHub” to make a PR. Otherwise, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
Thanks for reading!