As part of the fight against the coronavirus, Massachusetts College of Art and Design will temporarily house area medical staff in as many as 150 of the school’s dorm units near Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, “offering proximity to the hospitals for personnel working long shifts and facing commuting challenges with reduced public transit service,” the school announced April 7.
“We are privileged to partner with them to play a small part in supporting their crucial work,” college President David P. Nelson said in a prepared statement.
Read MassArt’s full announcement:
Massachusetts College of Art and Design to Assist Boston Hospitals in COVID-19 Response
MassArt will provide temporary housing and parking capacity for healthcare workers
Boston, MA – As part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ coordinated response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) has agreed to provide temporary housing and parking resources to Boston healthcare workers.
Facilities that will be used to house and serve medical personnel will be entirely separate from the facilities that are still serving the small number of MassArt students who were authorized for emergency housing on campus. Following public health directives and Governor Baker’s declaration of a state of emergency, MassArt’s resident student population moved off campus and MassArt began providing remote instruction in late March.
“We are incredibly grateful for the doctors, nurses and other medical workers who are on the front lines of confronting this crisis, and MassArt is eager to assist them,” said David P. Nelson, president of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. “We are privileged to partner with them to play a small part in supporting their crucial work.”
MassArt will provide approximately 150 housing units in its residence halls for medical staff, offering proximity to the hospitals for personnel working long shifts and facing commuting challenges with reduced public transit service.
Each housing unit will include a bed and bathroom, and will accommodate one individual. All facilities will continue to be cleaned in accordance with industry standards for the COVID-19 emergency. In addition, MassArt will make 140 parking spaces available in adjacent lots.
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