I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources.
As of today, there are 1150 Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 99 residents have passed away. Learn more here. There are 107,221 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 25,011 in Middlesex County. 1,052,369 patients have been tested, and 8,231 have passed away. Learn more here.
As of today, lot 5 in Central Square is now closed for the creation of Starlight Square, a temporary venture that will include an outdoor amphitheater with physically-distant seating, a courtyard for dining and dialogue, a community center for summer learning and food distribution, and the Central Square Farmers Market.
Where to get tested:
During the month of July, the Cambridge Public Health Department is offering free mobile testing for all Cambridge residents in North Cambridge, The Port, East Cambridge, and Harvard Square one day each week during designated hours. Currently, all appointments for the month of July at these sites have been booked.
Testing will be available at the Pisani Center on Saturdays 7/25 and 8/1 from 11AM-7PM to help meet the demand of the waitlist. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling 617-665-3795.
If you are feeling symptomatic and feel the need to get tested sooner, you can call your primary care provider to make an appointment to be tested.
Translation Resources Available:
Multilingual city resources and information on COVID-19 are available on the City’s multilingual help page.
State Action Updates
Today, Governor Baker extended the state’s pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days until October 17th. The moratorium was set to expire on August 18th.
Governor Baker also filed a $5.5 billion interim budget for the month of August today.
The MIAA Board of Directors approved pushing the start date of high school fall sports to September 14th, if there are high school sports this fall. The Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs and Governor Baker’s office will determine whether fall sports will be played.
Governor Baker Press Conference Updates:
Governor Baker did not hold a press conference today.
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.