A large part of our public health and reopening plan hinges on the ability of individuals who need to get tested for COVID-19 to do so. To ensure that robust testing is available, we’ve worked on both the state and federal level to make testing available to all at no cost when ordered by a health care provider.

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As you may remember, in June the Legislature passed a law expanding options for early and mail-in voting for Massachusetts voters to ensure that all residents can participate in elections without risking their health and safety. This week, the Secretary of the Commonwealth began sending out mail-in ballot applications to all registered voters.

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I’ve often written in these newsletters about the importance of appreciating first responders, health care workers, public safety officials, and the many state and local agencies coordinating our COVID-19 response. Today, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the tireless work of front-line workers who often operate in the background: our local boards of health and their staff.

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