As of today, 524 Cambridge residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and 18 residents have passed away. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2JSaturday 4/18 COVID-19 Updates2BnQj. There are 38,077 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 8,737 in Middlesex County. 162,241 patients have been tested and 1,706 have passed away. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/34ODGjT.
Save the Date
I will be holding my weekly COVID-19 town hall this Wednesday at 4PM. The topic will be how to support immigrant populations during the pandemic. Confirmed panelists include individuals from Roca, an organization based in Chelsea that provides behavioral health and other social programming for immigrant youth and providers from the Cambridge Health Alliance. More panelists to follow.
Please register to join the Town Hall on Zoom here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jCTfAxxHQX6QpbcLwVS1og or tune in on CCTV Channel 9, Facebook live, or Youtube. I hope to see you there.
A reminder that the deadline to pay Second Half Real Estate and Property Tax bills has been extended to 6/1. Bills can be paid online or can be dropped off in the payment mailbox in the rear of City Hall. You can learn more here: https://bit.ly/3astcIo.
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 stated that Massachusetts is in the middle of the COVID-19 surge. Massachusetts has the third most cases of COVID-19 nationwide per capita.
Governor Baker also called on the federal government to support state funding efforts to stimulate the economy.
You can learn more about these updates here: https://wbur.fm/2VzUbfm.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated today that the state has identified 400 ventilators that can be sent to Massachusetts on 24 hours notice. He is doing so because the federal government has only sent 200 of the 1,000 ventilators we requested. Learn more here: https://on.ny.gov/2VHCGdd
. On a similar note see the following piece describing the heroic efforts our Western Massachusetts hospitals are making to secure PPE that the federal Department of Homeland Security was considering confiscating:
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 affected 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
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.