Hard-Hit Framingham Gets Free COVID-19 Supplies

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — As cities and town struggle with rising coronavirus numbers, the state is trying to educate residents about best public health practices during the pandemic.

Framingham's COVID-19 numbers have not looked good for a while, and Luz, who lives downtown, said she knows why.

"People haven't taken it seriously," she said. "I've seen a lot of parties, a lot of people going out."

As Luz walked into the grocery store in Framingham on Sunday, she was handed a free bottle of hand sanitizer, a disposable mask, and a printed list of health and safety tips. The gifts were compliments of an outreach team sent by the state to six of Massachusetts' highest-risk communities.

Luz said she appreciates what they're doing, and she's tried to tackle the issue herself by making masks and giving them out to people for free.

In recent months, Framingham's infection rates have been higher among non-english speakers, so the information pamphlets distributed by the outreach teams are printed in both English and Portuguese.

WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer reports:

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