Friday 6/26 COVID-19 Updates

Dear all,

 

I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources.

 

As of today, there are 1089 Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 97 residents have passed away. Learn more here. There are 108,070 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 23,786 in Middlesex County. 809,086 patients have been tested, and 8,013 have passed away. Learn more here.

 

Thank you to all who have reached out with kind feedback about my COVID-19 newsletter. As a reminder, we will now only be sending out a newsletter Monday through Friday. Weekend newsletters will be sent out only for pressing and immediate updates.

 

Town Hall

 

This coming Wednesday, July 1st, I will be holding my 14th and final COVID-19 town hall for the time being. This town hall will be a communal reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation. I used to have a yearly tradition of bringing the community together at Danehy Park for July 4th. While we are not together physically this year, I hope to bring the community together virtually for this reading. If you have participated in the past and would like to join us in the reading please email me your phone number at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, but spaces are limited.

 

While I am pausing town halls for now, stay tuned as I am planning to hold one later in the summer on school reopenings.

 

A special thanks to CCTV who has been helping to put on these town halls for the last 14 weeks. If you are interested in viewing previous town halls, you can find them here. 

 

Cambridge Updates

 

There will be a Stand Out against Racism in Porter Square this Sunday, June 28th at 10AM. Those attending are asked to bring their own sign, wear a face covering, and remain socially distant.

 

Where to get tested: 

 

During the month of July, the Cambridge Public Health Department will offer free mobile testing for all Cambridge residents in North Cambridge, The Port, East Cambridge, and Harvard Square one day each week during designated hours:

 

  • North Cambridge – Wednesdays, 11AM-3PM, Jefferson Park clinic at 266-B Rindge Avenue
  • Harvard Square – Wednesdays, 4PM-6PM, First Church Cambridge at 11 Garden Street
  • East Cambridge – Thursdays, 12PM-4PM, Millers Rivers Apartment at 661 Cambridge Street
  • The Port – Thursdays, 5PM-8PM, Pisani Center at 131 Washington Street

Testing will be done by appointment only. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling 617-665-3795.

 

Translation Resources Available: 

 

Multilingual city resources and information on COVID-19 are available on the City’s multilingual help page.

 

State Action Updates

 

Governor Baker Press Conference Updates: 

 

Today, Governor Baker announced a $275 million COVID-19 economic recovery package. This package is an update to the economic development legislation that the Administration filed on May 4th. The $275 million would be used to invest in housing, community development, and business competitiveness.

 

Where to Give

 

If you are able to give to others during this time, I encourage you to look to the following places that are working to help those most affected by COVID-19:

 

Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund

 

Cambridge Health Alliance

 

Cambridge Community Foundation

 

Food for Free

 

Greater Boston Food Bank

 

Cradles to Crayons Emergency Essentials Fund

 

Enroot Emergency Immigrant Cash Assistance Fund

 

Mount Auburn Hospital

 

The One Chelsea Fund

 

I also encourage you to donate to the following organizations that are engaging in racial justice work:

 

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

 

Families for Justice as Healing

 

Prisoners’ Legal Services

 

Boston NAACP

 

Massachusetts Bail Fund

 

ACLU of Massachusetts

 

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.

 

Sincerely,

Marjorie

 

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