As of today, there are 151 cases of COVID-19 in Cambridge. Learn more:https://bit.ly/2J2BnQj. There are 13,837 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 2,950 in Middlesex County. 76,429 patients have been tested, and 260 patients have passed away. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3aMn52w.
I will be hosting a town hall this Thursday from 4-5PM on resources for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions about resources for seniors, I invite you to submit them ahead of the town hall to Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov. You will be able to join via Zoom, watch on CCTV- Channel 9, on CCTV's Facebook live, and their YouTube page. If you haven't already seen last week's town hall, you can watch it here:cctvcambridge.org/decker.
The Cambridge Community Center and Central Square BID are launching a food and supply pantry that's opening tomorrow, April 7th at 5 Callender Street, Gym Entrance. It will be open Tuesday-Friday from 1-3PM.
The Cambridge Women's Center is offering helpline hours from 10am-8pm Monday-Saturday. This helpline is open to all. Trained volunteers will be available to provide emotional support and resource referrals. You can reach the helpline at 617-354-6394 or 617-354-8807.
Harvard and M.I.T. each donated $250,000 to support the City's Temporary Emergency Shelter at the War Memorial Recreation Center, Field House, and garage. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3bOFoEi.
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, Governor Baker announced the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund which will support those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about this fund and donate to it here: https://www.macovid19relieffund.org/
Tufts University announced today will house first responders, health providers from Cambridge Health Alliance and Tufts Medical Center and patients who are required to isolate in university dorms to preserve bed capacity in local hospitals.
Tomorrow, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Aaron Michlewitz, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Michael J. Rodrigues, and the Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan will host a Virtual Economic Round-table to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the state's economy. You can watch it here: https://bit.ly/2UOrlsC.
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
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.