General Updates & Information


The government shutdown has been delayed until January 19, 2024, for some federal agencies and February 2, 2024, for others.

Last-reviewed: 3pm, Nov. 21, 2023

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The Basics

  • Congress approved temporary funding to avoid a government shutdown this year. If a government shutdown occurs, it may happen in January or February 2024. A government shutdown would impact federal workers, agencies, and programs. Read more here.
  • Starting September 25, 2023, households can order up to 4 free COVID tests from
  • The MA COVID 19 public health emergency ended on May 11, 2023.
  • Care team members can share resources and information regarding ongoing COVID-19 concerns and the end of the public health emergency to help families.

The Breakdown

COVID-19 Information and Resources

  • Massachusetts implemented a new dashboard to keep track of prominent respiratory illnesses. View Viral Respiratory Illness Reporting here
  • COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available for those who are eligible. More information on vaccines and boosters here.
  • For information on FDA-authorized at-home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic tests, visit

The Bottom Line

  • Care team members can share information and resources to help individuals navigate the end of the public health emergency.