Thursday Evening, March 19, 2020 Update

As of today, eight Cambridge residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2xNO0MA
Currently there are 328 cases of COVID in Massachusetts, including 119 cases in Middlesex County. 2208 people have been tested in the state. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/3a5LI9Y
Cambridge Updates:
The Cambridge Health Alliance is currently facing a shortage of medical supplies and personal protective equipment and is currently accepting donations for the following items: N95 masks, paper masks, paper protective gowns, and protective glasses and goggles. Public safety officers are available to accept donations at the entrances of the Cambridge, Everett, and Somerville Hospitals 24/7. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/33DpWrO
Donations are being accepted to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, which will provide assistance to Cambridge residents experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. You can donate online at this link: https://www.cambridgema.gov/news/2020/03/mayorscovid19fund or by mail to the following address:
Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund
c/o Finance Department
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
The Cambridge Artist Relief Fund will provide support to the arts and culture sector by giving grants to individuals and organizations facing a financial burden due to COVID-19. The fund will begin accepting applications for grants on March 23rd. If you are interested in applying or donating to the fund, head to their website: http://cambridgecf.org/artist-relief-fund/
Cambridge-based companies Moderna, Biogen, Sherlock Biosciences, Takeda Pharmaceutical, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals are helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and were highlighted in a Boston Globe piece today. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/2QxTcuK
State Response Updates:
Today, Governor Baker activated the National Guard to assist the state in responding to COVID-19. This will activate up to 2,000 National Guard members. Learn more here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/19/nation/baker-activates-national-guard-coronavirus-crisis-grows/
Public Health Updates:
Today, Governor Baker announced that he is hopeful that starting next week, 3,500 COVID-19 tests will be conducted per day between state and pharmaceutical labs.
MassDOT Updates:
Starting today, there will be eight RMV locations open. They will only prioritize transactions that cannot be done online. Road tests are suspended through March 20th. Learn more here: https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-rmv-opening-8-locations-with-new-protocols-on-thursday-march-19th
Small Business Update:
The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission extended the credit terms for establishments with on-premises consumption licenses. All invoices issued after January 18th by 30 days.
If you don’t already, follow me on social media using the links below to receive more updates on COVID-19, and as always, do not hesitate to reach out to me at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov with any questions or concerns that you have.
Sincerely,
Marjorie

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