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By Sen. Jo Comerford, Sen. Adam Hinds, Rep. Natalie M. Blais, Rep. Paul Mark, Rep. Susanna Whipps & Sen. Anne Gobi

As our commonwealth, and our nation, grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, it is more important than ever that we, as your state legislative delegation, remain connected to you during these unprecedented times.

In this time of uncertainty, we are here for you. Please know that each one of us is working to ensure that we are sharing the most timely and accurate information pertaining to the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to be in touch with us and have included our contact information below. Even if we don’t know the answer to your question right away, we will get you the information as quickly as we can. It is also important that we hear from you about any unique circumstances our county might be experiencing during this state of emergency so that we can most effectively advocate for your needs.

If you can, please join us in practicing social distancing which at this time includes staying home as much as possible, working from home, and abiding by the emergency order banning large group gatherings. This is not only for your health but it is designed to stop the spread of the infection. Stopping the spread of infection at this time is about protecting both the health of vulnerable neighbors and the healthcare system upon which we all rely. But there is more we can all be doing: Let’s check in with our neighbors by phone or e-mail. If open, contact our local councils on aging to see if there are seniors alone in the community in need of a phone call. Make a financial donation (online) to a local food pantry if you can. Continue washing our hands and practicing good personal hygiene. Take care of yourself. And, reach out if you need assistance.

We want to thank all public officials, boards of health, medical providers, first responders, public safety personnel, school staff, transit authorities, small business owners, and everyone charged with the care and well-being of commonwealth residents.

We stand with you. Today and always.

As we continue to learn more about this virus, improve testing and gather data, we recognize that the situation will get worse before it gets better. But it will get better. We have already seen so many beautiful examples of individuals in our communities reaching out to support one another. Let’s continue to support each other in the coming months. In this time of social distancing, know that we are not just here for you — we are here with you.

Here is contact info for state legislators representing Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:

Sen. Jo Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District; Bernardston, Colrain, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Leverett, Leyden, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately;; 413-367-4656.

Sen. Adam Hinds, Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District; Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Rowe, Shelburn;; (413) 768-2373 or (617) 722-1625

Sen. Anne Gobi, Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex District; Athol, Petersham, Phillipston, and Templeton;; 508-885-9596

Rep. Natalie M. Blais, 1st Franklin District; Ashfield, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, and Whately;; 413-362-9453.

Rep. Paul Mark, 2nd Berkshire District; Bernardston, Charlemont, Colrain, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Northfield, and Rowe;; 413-464-5635.

Rep. Susannah Whipps, 2nd Franklin District; Athol, Gill, Erving, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, Warwick, and Wendell;; (978) 895-9606.

Read this column in the Greenfield Recorder.

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