I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources.
As of today, there are 1108 Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 97 residents have passed away. Learn more here. There are 104,799 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 24,243 in Middlesex County. 901,221 patients have been tested, and 7,998 have passed away. Learn more here.
The Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs is offering free online and offline summer programming for kids in kindergarten-8th grade between July 20th and August 21st.
MIT announced today that only seniors and a small group of students who need to return to campus or who require in-person instruction will be invited to move back to campus this fall.
The feasibility study for the Tobin Montessori and Vassal Lane Upper Schools project is now available.
Where to get tested:
During the month of July, the Cambridge Public Health Department will offer free mobile testing for all Cambridge residents in North Cambridge, The Port, East Cambridge, and Harvard Square one day each week during designated hours:
- North Cambridge - Wednesdays, 11AM-3PM, Jefferson Park clinic at 266-B Rindge Avenue
- Harvard Square - Wednesdays, 4PM-6PM, First Church Cambridge at 11 Garden Street
- East Cambridge - Thursdays, 12PM-4PM, Millers Rivers Apartment at 661 Cambridge Street
- The Port - Thursdays, 5PM-8PM, Pisani Center at 131 Washington Street
Testing will be done by appointment only, and the City is working to expand appointment slots. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling 617-665-3795.
Translation Resources Available:
Multilingual city resources and information on COVID-19 are available on the City’s multilingual help page.
State Action Updates
If you have thoughts or concerns about reopening in Massachusetts, you can submit questions and comments via this online form.
Governor Baker Press Conference Updates:
Today, Governor Baker provided an update on the state’s efforts to combat the EEE virus. He warned residents that it is a dangerous virus, and that due to an outbreak last summer, the 2020 season is expected to have a high number of EEE cases.
Federal Action Updates
Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released regulations which state that international students who attend U.S. colleges cannot remain in the U.S. if their school is offering only online classes this fall. There are nearly 77,000 international students in Massachusetts.
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.