[act-ma] Open Letter from the Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity to Governor Charlie Baker Regarding Safe Reopening of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Fri May 15 04:45:57 PDT 2020


Not only the staggering 5,108 death toll in Massachusetts as of May 
13th, but also the emerging understanding of prolonged disability in 
many convalescents of COVID-19 and of impacts on children, demand that 
appropriate protections in all workplaces and in all public spaces are 
in place before employees and the public are asked to spend our days in 
these environments.

We are concerned about the absence of three critical determinants of a 
successful emergence from the current first wave of COVID-19 in the 
Commonwealth. In addition to insufficient testing and the absence of 
objective benchmarks that can indicate readiness to reopen, we note the 
lack of representation of essential workers and of the most affected 
communities on your advisory panel and a dearth of medical and public 
health experts. In its current composition, this panel, which skews 
overwhelmingly toward CEOs and business representatives, lacks the 
expertise and perspective necessary to successfully reopen our state.

Full letter at


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