Thursday 6/18 COVID-19 Updates

Dear all,

I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources.

As of today, there are 1068 Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 95 residents have passed away. Learn more here. There are 106,422 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 23,407 in Middlesex County. 736,691 patients have been tested, and 7,770 have passed away. Learn more here.

Town Hall 

Thanks to CCTV, you can find recordings of the weekly town halls I have been holding on COVID-19 related issues, including yesterday’s town hall focused on racial justice here.

Cambridge Updates

Join the Cambridge Families of Color Coalition tomorrow for a Juneteenth flag raising at Cambridge City Hall at 10:30AM followed by a series of events throughout the day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S.

There will be a community webinar on the shared streets pilot program next Thursday June 25th from 6-8PM. You can submit questions about the program to be answered during the webinar.

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’s multilingual help page.

State Action Updates

Sales, meals and room occupancy taxes for businesses that paid less than $150,000 in regular sales plus meal taxes or less than $150,000 in room occupancy taxes last year will not be due until September. Those who wait to pay these taxes until then will not face any penalties or interest.

Governor Baker Press Conference Updates: 

Governor Baker did not hold a press conference today.

Federal Action Updates

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration unlawfully ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This decision nullifies the rollback of the program and will potentially allow new applicants to apply for DACA.

Where to Give

Tomorrow, Cambridge CoHousing will again be collecting food to go to Chelsea on Saturday. Drop off is between 10AM and 4:30PM at 175 Richdale Ave, the entrance to CoHousing, either in a paper bag or small box. If you don’t see someone at the moment you come, please leave it just inside the gate where we will have boxes marked “FOR CHELSEA”.

WHAT IS MOST NEEDED:

  • bags of rice
  •  Pasta
  • dried beans
  • cereal (none sweetened)
  • Tuna
  • canned soups
  • canned tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • diapers and wipes
  •  pet food

Please no fresh foods — those are supplied by a generous food producer

Also, no desserts, high sugar foods, or chips. THANK YOU!

Here is the LINK to the Chelsea Food Collaborative which this effort is supporting. Another option is to make a financial donation, via link at top of page.

Please email Anne Tonachel (annert@gmail.com) or Polly Attwood (polly.attwood@gmail.com)  if you have any questions.

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

I also encourage you to donate to the following organizations that are engaging in racial justice work:

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute: https://bit.ly/2U0SkjV

Families for Justice as Healing: https://bit.ly/36T3o88

Prisoners’ Legal Services: https://bit.ly/2BrC1X7

Boston NAACP: https://bit.ly/2XqSS4R

Massachusetts Bail Fund: https://bit.ly/2MmIAMx

The ACLU of Massachusetts: https://bit.ly/2Mipg2X

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.

Sincerely,

Marjorie

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