I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources.
As of today, there are 1,078 Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 97 residents have passed away. Learn more here. There are 107,210 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 23,609 in Middlesex County. 775,322 patients have been tested, and 7,874 have passed away. Learn more here.
Starting this week, I will be sending my nightly COVID-19 update newsletters Monday through Friday. Weekend newsletters will be sent out only for pressing and immediate updates.
This Wednesday 6/24 at 4PM I will be holding a town hall on children’s behavioral health. I will be joined by Mary McGeown, Executive Director of Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Alice Cohen, Lead Teacher for Social Emotional Learning for Cambridge Public Schools. Many parents are attempting to deal with screen time, boredom, and anxiety through the pandemic. Please send any questions you have on this topic to me via email atMarjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov or submit them in the Q&A chat during the town hall.
You can sign up for the Zoom here or join by watching CCTV channel 9 or Facebook Live.
Thanks to CCTV, you can find recordings of the weekly town halls I have been holding on COVID-19 related issues here.
This Wednesday, 6/24 at 6PM I will be speaking on a Zoom panel hosted by the NAACP of Cambridge “Criminal Justice and Race: Cambridge and Beyond....” with Suffolk County District Attorney Rachel Rollins and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville Bard.
You can find a consolidated list of updates on the availability of different City Services here.
Where to get tested:
Cambridge residents age 8 or older can get tested at the following location free of charge regardless of insurance or immigration status:
CHA East Cambridge Care Center
- To schedule an appointment call 617-665-2928
Translation Resources Available:
Multilingual city resources and information on COVID-19 are available on the City’smultilingual help page.
State Action Updates
Governor Baker Press Conference Updates:
Governor Baker did not hold a press conference today.
Tomorrow, June 23rd, is the deadline to select and pay for health insurance coverage through the Health Connector that is effective on July 1st.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation will reopen agency-managed campgrounds to the public on July 1st. You can now make reservations online to camp at DCR camping facilities. Restrictions will be in place at campgrounds to encourage social distancing and aid in COVID-19 prevention.
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:
Cambridge Community Foundation
Cradles to Crayons Emergency Essentials Fund
Enroot Emergency Immigrant Cash Assistance 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
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.