As of today there are 130 cases of COVID-19 in Cambridge. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2J2BnQj. There are 10,402 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 2202 in Middlesex County. 62,962 patients have been tested and 192 patients have passed away. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2wh4m00.
You can now see the number of new COVID-19 cases in Cambridge by date on the City’s website. Find it here: https://bit.ly/2J2BnQj.
Today, the City announced an Emergency Temporary Eviction Enforcement Order. This prevents property owners and landlords from carrying out a forcible eviction for the duration of the public health emergency. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2XeiEcy.
City Manager DePasquale and Dr. Assaad Sayah, Commissioner of Public Health, signed an Emergency Order that the War Memorial, Field House and Garage be used for temporary emergency shelter. You can see the order here: https://bit.ly/2JCQzDY.
The City has compiled information about the federal CARES Act on its website. You can find information about direct household relief, expansion of unemployment benefits, resources for small businesses, and more here: https://bit.ly/3e066f8.
Multilingual resources are always available on the City of Cambridge’s website. This includes translated information on city resources and about COVID-19. You can find them here:https://bit.ly/2wKXAzA.
State Action Updates
Today, the Governor’s administration announced the creation of the COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC), a partnership with Partners in Health which will focus on tracing the contacts of those with confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and supporting those in quarantine. You can learn more here: https://bit.ly/2yyrVSH.
Massachusetts is rapidly expanding its COVID testing capacity, and 5,000 tests were processed yesterday. There will be a new COVID testing facility for first responders opening at Gillette Stadium.
As a result of negotiations initiated out of concern for justice-involved individuals, the Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to expedite the process for considering release of individuals held on a pre-trial status and not deemed dangerous. The parole board is urged to expedite parole hearings and daily reports on the status of those held in carceral facilities are required.
Today the Governor signed legislation formally moving the state’s income filing day from April 15 to July 15 and allowing restaurants to sell beer and wine through delivery or takeout services when ordered with a meal.
Public Health Update
Today, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative announced that it is partnering with 11 police departments and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to distribute fentanyl test strips as a way to engage with those who have opioid use disorder and to prevent overdose deaths. You can learn more about this program here: https://bit.ly/2JAV2ab.
AAA Northeast will be closing all of its locations for at least two weeks starting Monday April 6th. Locations will be open tomorrow, April 4th for appointments only.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has sent guidance to school districts stating that it is the district’s decision whether to keep their planned April vacation week or use part or all of it for remote learning. Cambridge Schools will have the week off.
Where to donate:
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 impacted by COVID-19:
Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund: https://bit.ly/3bgTBJU
Cambridge Health Alliance: https://bit.ly/2vWegUB
Cambridge Community Foundation: https://bit.ly/33ImGeE
Food for Free: https://bit.ly/3afFuEE
Greater Boston Food Bank: https://www.gbfb.org/
Cradles to Crayons Emergency Essentials Fund: https://bit.ly/2WHOD4V
Enroot Emergency Immigrant Cash Assistance Fund: https://bit.ly/2y7bBIe
Homestart’s Community Housing Assistance Fund: https://bit.ly/2JBtode
East End House’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund: https://bit.ly/3bM8zHV
If you are interested in seeing previous COVID-19 updates, you can find them here:https://www.decker4rep.com/news/ As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.