I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources.
As of today, there are 1311 Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 99 residents have passed away. Learn more here. There have been 121,214 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, and there are 168 newly reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state today. 1,876,973 patients have been tested, and 8,933 have passed away. Learn more here.
State Action Updates
Today, Secretary of State William Galvin announced that the Census Bureau will send a second round of forms to households that have not yet responded in areas that have low Census response rates. If you receive a second form, it means that nobody in your household has been counted in the 2020 Census. Under current plans, the Census count will end on September 30th.
Governor Baker Press Conference Updates:
Governor Baker did not hold a press conference today.
There will be a School Climate Subcommittee meeting this Thursday 9/10 at 6PM. Cambridge Public Schools administrators and the Social Emotional Learning Lead Teacher will present at the meeting, and there will be an opportunity for input and feedback after their presentation. You can register to watch, attend, or participate here.
Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Superintendent Kenneth Salim, and the Cambridge Public Schools Community are hosting a preschool to 1st grade family resource fair this Saturday 9/12 from 10AM-12PM at Magazine Beach. Back to school information, computer help, safety information, and free books, backpacks, and snacks will be available.
The Cambridge Public Health Department is strongly encouraging residents to get a flu vaccine and to maintain healthy, safe habits of wearing a face covering, handwashing, and practicing physical distancing to slow the spread of the flu and COVID-19.
The City has posted an interview with Anna Kaplan, MPH, an epidemiologist with the Cambridge Public Health Department, on the role that data plays in Cambridge’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where to Get Tested
The City’s COVID-19 free mobile testing will resume on September 9th and will be available at the following locations:
- The Pisani Center (131 Washington St) will offer testing on Saturday, September 19 from 11AM - 7PM
You can make an appointment to be tested 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.
Where to Give
On Fridays, Cambridge CoHousing will be collecting food for the Chelsea Food Collaborative. Drop off is between 9 AM to 3:30PM 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.”
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
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
Union of Minority Neighborhoods
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.