Friday, June 3 COVID-19 & Legislative Updates

Dear all,

 

I write to you this evening with relevant COVID-19 updates and resources as well as recent legislative news. 

 

Table of Contents

  • State Updates
  • National Updates
  • Cambridge Updates
  • COVID-19 Testing Information
  • MA Vaccination Updates
  • Vaccination Appointment Resources
  • Today’s Case Count
  • NEW! Infant Formula Shortage Updates
  • Recent Press
  • Mental Health Services and Resources
  • Where to Give

 

COVID-19 Treatment

If you have COVID-19, call your primary care provider immediately to discuss whether you should be seeking treatment. Currently there are at least two options for treatment, depending on your overall health. 

 

As a reminder, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is providing a free telehealth program for residents 18 years and older who have tested positive for COVID-19 and who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. Residents can connect with a trained health care clinician for a video consultation to determine if they are eligible for Paxlovid, a pill that can reduce the risk for severe symptoms and hospitalization by nearly 90 percent if taken within 5 days of symptom onset. If eligible, they can choose between pickup at their local pharmacy or free overnight delivery (if the prescription is written before 5 p.m. Monday – Friday). Learn more: www.mass.gov/COVIDtelehealth

 

State Updates:

 

MA Counties with high COVID levels down to 5

Five of Massachusetts’ 14 counties have high community levels of COVID-19 and people there should wear masks in indoor public spaces, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The counties that still have high levels are: Suffolk, Middlesex, Franklin, Norfolk, and Barnstable, according to the CDC. The counties account for just under half the population of the state. Learn more: https://bit.ly/394TlSE

 

National Updates:

 

White House says COVID vaccination for kids under 5 could start in a few weeks

The federal government plans to make the first COVID-19 vaccines available for children younger than five years old. This could start right after the Juneteenth holiday. Learn more: https://n.pr/3m9AVTZ

 

Cambridge Updates

 

The City of Cambridge and Cambridge Public Health Department Issue Mask Advisory & Announce Expanded Free COVID-19 Testing for June

With Cambridge and Middlesex County both in the High COVID-19 Community Level category as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Public Health Department today issued an advisory strongly recommending that residents wear masks when indoors outside the home and when around others. People at higher risk for serious illness should consider additional precautions. Higher risk groups include people age 65 and older, people with certain medical conditions, and people who are immunocompromised. You are also at higher risk if you are not fully vaccinated and boosted. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3Nx4332

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Every Wednesday

The Cambridge Public Health Department is offering weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the Cambridge community:

  • Wednesdays, April 6 – June 15
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cambridge Public Health Department, 119 Windsor Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge
  • By appointment only

The clinics will offer free COVID-19 vaccines (first, second, and booster doses). Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available to those who are eligible.

  • *Appointments can be made at https://bit.ly/Camb-Color
  • Residents ages 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.
  • A parent or guardian must accompany children and teens who are under age 16.
  • Teens aged 16 – 17 may come alone if a parent or guardian has completed a consent form via the online registration system.
  • You do not need insurance, a social security number, or an ID.

 

Where to Get a COVID-19 Booster Shot 

This is a list of a few places that we are familiar with that are offering COVID-19 boosters in/near Cambridge for eligible MA residents: 

  • CVS (Appointments required)
  • Star Market (Walk-ins or appointments)
    • 699 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge 
    • Schedule here: bit.ly/3uujXTv

 

7th Annual Gun Buy-Back Day June 11th

Led by Cambridge’s interfaith-based organizations, non-profit community and regional partners, the 7th annual citywide “Safer Homes, Safer Community: Cambridge Gun Buy-Back” initiative is being held on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at two locations. The Reservoir Church in North Cambridge and Margaret Fuller House in The Port will provide safe, convenient locations for participants to drop off unwanted guns with no questions asked and no ID required. Residents are asked to bring firearms unloaded with the safety engaged in a bag, box or case. The unloaded firearms can be left inside the trunk of your vehicle upon arrival. Read more: https://bit.ly/3txscPB

 

COVID-19 Testing Information

 

Cambridge Appointment-Only Testing

Appointment-only testing, provided through a partnership with CIC Health, is available 7 days per week to people who live or work in Cambridge. Testing at CIC Health’s 295 Third Street location is available during the following hours:

  • Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Appointments can be booked online at www.cic-health.com/cambridge or assistance is available from CIC’s Customer Service Team at support@cic-health.com or by calling 877-280-2937. 

 

Cambridge Walk-In Testing

Walk-in testing is offered one day per week during the following hours

  • Wednesday, from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at 2254 Massachusetts Ave, St. John the Evangelist Church.

For more information please visit: https://bit.ly/3KoefZx

 

State COVID-19 Testing

To find a COVID-19 testing site in Massachusetts, visit mass.gov/GetTested

 

Home PCR Tests for Adults 

Lab-based PCR testing with home collection is available at no cost to all eligible Massachusetts adults. Kits are reserved for adults (18+) who live or work in a congregate setting, are experiencing symptoms, have recently been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or who have otherwise been recommended for testing. Please visit the Pixel by LabCorp for Massachusetts webpage at t.ly/vL4j for details, and to request a test kit.

 

MA Vaccination Updates

 

Vaccination Locations for Children Ages 5-11

  • Pharmacies: CVS and Walgreens locations
  • Mass General Brigham (for patients): covidvaccine.massgeneralbrigham.org/MA
  • Boston Children’s Hospital (for patients):  Schedule an appointment through the hospital’s MyChildren’s Patient Portal or call 617-919-7102.
  • Atrius Health (for patients): Parents can schedule an appointment directly throughMyHealth Online or call their child’s doctor’s office.
  • Pediatricians’ Offices: Call your child’s doctor or nurse to determine vaccine availability.
  • To see all Massachusetts vaccine locations and make appointments, go to vaxfinder.mass.gov or VaxAbilities.com for children with sensory and/or other accommodation needs.

 

Mobile Vaccination Services

You can find hours and dates for mobile vaccination clinics at t.ly/qTMc. 

CHA Offering Walk-In Vaccinations

These sites are open to all Massachusetts residents age 12 and older: 

  • Cambridge Hospital
  • East Cambridge Care Center 
  • Malden Care Center

 

CHA is also offering “pop-up” vaccination clinics – information on hours and locations here: https://www.challiance.org/patients-visitors/covid-19-vaccine

 

Cambridge Vaccination Data

The City of Cambridge has added Cambridge Vaccination Data to its COVID-19 Data Center. Data will be updated weekly. Information as of Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

 

Residents who have received at least 1 dose: 104,447

Fully Vaccinated Residents: 86,114

Residents with Booster: 54,961

 

 

Daily COVID-19 Vaccination Report

The Department of Public Health publishes a Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Report in addition to its Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report. Information as of Friday, June 3rd, 2022:

 

Total doses administered: 14,841,925

Total booster doses administered: 3,068,306

 

 

Vaccination Appointment Resources

 

Resources for Booking and Getting to Your Appointment

  • Online: Visit vaxfinder.mass.gov/. You can also book directly with a pharmacy at cvs.com or walgreens.com.
  • Phone: Call 2-1-1 between 8:30 AM-8:00 PM Monday-Thursday or 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Friday-Sunday and select the prompt for “help scheduling a vaccine appointment.”
  • In-Home Vaccinations: Anyone who is unable to get to a vaccine location can call the Homebound Vaccination Central Intake Line at 833-983-0485 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday-Friday. Boosters are also available.

 

FAQs

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a Frequently Asked Questions site that is continually updated as they receive new questions. You may access the FAQs here. Questions can be submitted to COVID-19-Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov.

 

Today’s Case Count 

 

Massachusetts

Total Cases: 1,725,219

New Cases: 2,975

Total Deaths: 19,474

New PCR Tests: 43,302

 

Cambridge

Total Cases: 28,807

New Cases: 101

Total Deaths: 165

 

The state has created an interactive dashboard, including the percentage of COVID-19 positive cases and testing rates by city and town. The dashboard can be viewed here.  

 

For Harvard University COVID-19 information, click here. For MIT COVID-19 information, click here

 

Infant Formula Shortage Updates:

 

New HHS website with Information for Families on the Formula Shortage

For information on measures being taken by the federal government to address the formula shortage and resources on locating baby formula, visit: HHS.gov/formula. You can connect with community resources as well as recommendations from physicians & clinicians. 

Recent Press

 

Massachusetts Incentives Boost Hollywood Productions in the State

Malina Saval, Variety

I was quoted in Variety along with others talking about the positive impact of the film industry on Massachusetts and why our accessible geographic diversity makes us a desirable state. In addition to the economic impact, there’s been the cultural impact, which is really inspiring to the residents who have careers in writing, film production, the audio-visual space and all the various innovations that come out of film production.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3zbFWmB 

 

Mental Health Services and Resources

 

If you or a loved one are struggling, please know that you are not alone. There are some great resources here: decker4rep.com/2021/mental-health-services-and-resources/.

 

Intimate Partner Abuse Prevention Helpline For MA residents

Thanks to COVID-19 relief funds from the CARES ACT, Massachusetts has a helpline that people can call for help rather than harming their partner. Open to any resident, the helpline is the first in the nation of its kind. This initiative is designed to prevent intimate partner violence by fostering accountability and change in people who harm or may harm their intimate partner. You can find more information at 10to10helpline.org or by calling 877-898-3411. 

 

Where to Give

If you are able to give to others during this time, I encourage you to look to places that are working to help those most affected by COVID-19: decker4rep.com/2021/places-that-are-working-to-help-those-most-affected-by-covid-19/.

 

I also encourage you to donate to the following organizations that are engaging in racial justice work: decker4rep.com/2021/organizations-that-are-engaging-in-racial-justice-work/.

 

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.

 

Sincerely,  

Marjorie

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