Wednesday 8/19 COVID-19 Updates
As of today, there are 1,264 Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 99 residents have passed away. Learn more here. There are 115, 048 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. 1,974,918 patients have been tested, and 8,645 have passed away. Learn more here.
The Cambridge Election Commission updated the hours of the Ballot Drop Box at 51 Inman St., from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. Last week the Commission announced the relocation of 14 polling sites in response to COVID-19. If a voter’s polling site has been relocated, the new polling location will be in the same ward and precinct or near their regular polling place. There will be signs posted at the regular polling sites directing voters to the temporary polling sites as well. You can find a polling place map and a polling place PDF on the City’s website.
As a reminder, people in Lebanon are still recovering from the devastating explosions in Beirut. I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to ask about our family in Lebanon. We have family and friends who were impacted by the explosions. We continue to think and worry about the security, peace and health of the people of Lebanon. We know over 300,000 people were immediately displaced and that 200 people (and counting) who have lost their lives with many more grieving and suffering this loss of loved ones. We know the suffering will continue to grow to the destruction that impacted hospitals and clinics. For those who have emailed me or texted our family asking for suggestions of where to donate in support of this recovery I am offering two places to consider making a donation. If you are able to give, please consider donating to the Lebanese Red Cross and The Order of Malta Lebanon
The City of Cambridge is offering free 90-day Bluebikes passes to essential workers employed at grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and local retail shops. Those with passes can take as many trips as they would like during the 90-day period. Register here.
Where to get tested:
During the month of August there will be free mobile testing for Cambridge residents provided by the Cambridge Public Health Department at the following locations:
Field House at Russell Field (Rindge Ave) will offer testing Wednesday 8/19 and Wednesday 8/26 from 10AM – 8PM
The Pisani Center (131 Washington St) will offer testing on Saturday, 8/22 and Saturday, 8/29 from 11AM – 7PM
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.
Multilingual city resources and information on COVID-19 are available on the City’s multilingual help page.
Governor Baker Press Conference Updates:
The Baker administration also announced about 70 percent of Massachusetts school systems plan to bring students back to the classroom at least part time this fall. Several other districts, including Boston, have not yet settled on a reopening plan.
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: