Since sending this letter on November 5, when the COVID positivity rate in Peabody was 2.5%, it has risen to 5.34%, more than double. A new COVID variant, "omicron," has begun to spread worldwide; it is more infectious and may cause more severe disease. The positivity rate is a leading indicator, followed by a rise in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.
As Coordinator of the Stop Bullying Coalition, I am called on to suggest ideas and actions that aggrieved tenants can take to help themselves. For example, tenants in a subsidized apartment are angry because management makes promises but often fails to deliver, and they don't know how to get relief. They ask, "What can we do?" One of the first steps I recommend is to reach out to the landlord.
Here, I am concerned about exposure to COVID. Usually, I would recommend that a tenant is better served by working with other tenants on issues that are of common concern, rather than alone. However, this is a matter directly affecting my health and well-being, and in this situation I have determined to rely on my rights: for reasonable accommodation and peaceful enjoyment. I will report on the outcome.