I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources.
As of today, there are 895 Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 79 residents have passed away. Learn more here:https://bit.ly/2J2BnQj. There are 87,052 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 19,345 in Middlesex County. 469,199 tests have been performed and 5,862 patients have passed away. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2zQYc80.
Save the date
I am hosting a town hall on the reopening of our economy this Wednesday 5/20 at 4PM. I will be joined by Cambridge's Chief Public Health Officer Claude-Alix Jacob, City Manager Louis DePasquale, and Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health. You can register for the Zoom here: https://bit.ly/2Kelp6l or join in by watching CCTV Channel 9 or Facebook Live. Please submit questions you have ahead of time to Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov, or submit them in the Q&A chat during the town hall. I hope to see you there.
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 Baker-Polito administration released a four-phase plan to reopen the Massachusetts economy. Earlier today, I sent a newsletter outlining information about the reopening plan. If you missed it, you can read it here: https://conta.cc/3dYu2OY.
The state also released a new "Safer at Home" advisory which instructs everyone to stay at home unless they are headed to a newly opened facility or activity and advises those over 65 years old and those with underlying conditions to stay home, except for trips for required health care, groceries, or that are otherwise absolutely necessary. The requirement to wear face coverings when in public and not able to socially distance remains in effect. Restrictions on gatherings of ten or more people remain in effect. You can learn more about this advisory here: https://bit.ly/3bHMuKq.
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: https://bit.ly/2X0hmR2.
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
Mt. Auburn Hospital: https://bit.ly/3dxfEx4
The One Chelsea Fund: https://bit.ly/2W6dGO7
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.