BOSTON, AUG. 11, 2020 – This afternoon, the Baker Administration announced that the Town of Randolph will be one of the 33 targeted municipalities to receive assistance from the new cross-agency COVID-19 Enforcement and Intervention Team, tasked with accelerating enforcement throughout the state, in addition to coordinating local intervention efforts in higher risk COVID-19 communities.
In addition to assistance from the COVID-19 Enforcement and Intervention Team, State Representative Bill Driscoll, Jr. and the Randolph delegation continue to actively monitor Randolph's COVID-19 case data, and in July they obtained $170,000 in earmarks in the Legislature’s recent supplemental budget. The COVID-19 related earmarks allocated for Randolph include:
$100,000 for distance learning and telework expenses necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic;
$40,000 for the expansion and distribution of multilingual public awareness communications and educational materials related to the response and prevention of COVID-19;
$30,000 for the allocation and distribution of a home kit for those who test positive for COVID-19, which may include face masks, disinfectant wipes, disposable gloves, hand-sanitizer, multilingual instructions and educational materials on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how to care for those infected, and other supplies as needed;
As a community hit hard by coronavirus, the earmarks are a result of requests for funding made earlier in the pandemic by the town to support its COVID-19 response efforts.
In April, the state listed Randolph as the municipality with the third-highest rate of total COVID-19 cases. Today, Randolph has made progress and has worked together as a community to bring its case numbers down from April. However, despite progress, Representative Driscoll has pledged to continue to identify ways to support Randolph as the pandemic evolves, in addition to the funding already secured in the supplemental budget which will facilitate the federal CARES Act funding to reimburse hard hit communities like Randolph and will direct funds to address vital needs for personal protective equipment, field hospitals and contact tracing statewide.