Friday, October 7 COVID-19 & Legislative Updates

 Dear all,

I write to you today 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
  • This Week’s Case Count
  • Mental Health Services and Resources
  • Where to Give


State Updates:

Public Health Leaders Urge Vaccination Against Flu & COVID-19

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Massachusetts Medical Society recently issued a letter urging primary care providers to vaccinate their entire patient populations against COVID-19 and the flu. In the letter, they “highly recommend primary care practices incorporate influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations into all routine primary care visits during the fall” and “strongly encourage co-administering of both vaccines where indicated.” Learn more:

In a statement issued this week, another coalition of healthcare leaders within the Commonwealth urged the public to seek out flu shots and the most recent COVID-19 booster: “We ask you – our patients and our communities - to understand that we are still caring for people who become severely ill and who die because of COVID-19.” The full statement is available at


Booster Alert for MA

According to Department of Public Health data, 2.2 million eligible people in Massachusetts still have not gotten their first COVID-19 booster. The new bivalent booster provides protection against Omicron subvariants, which currently make up 100% of COVID-19 cases in the US. You can find booster appointments at by selecting “Booster Dose.” 


National Updates:

CDC Ends Country-by-Country COVID Travel Advisories

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on October 3 that it will no longer maintain a list of COVID-19 travel advisories for foreign countries. The CDC will instead issue travel health notices only for “a concerning COVID-19 variant” or other health issue in a particular country. According to the CDC, its ability to assess the COVID-19 risk level for travelers accurately is limited as a result of fewer countries testing or reporting COVID-19 cases. Learn more:


Cambridge Updates

Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

The Cambridge Public Health Department is hosting free flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the Cambridge community. Seasonal flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines, including the bivalent booster, will be available. On 10/19 and 11/16, they are partnering with VaxAbilities. These events will have extra staff on hand to provide skilled support to people with disabilities and/or sensory support needs. Learn more:


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, or assistance is available from CIC’s Customer Service Team at or by calling 877-280-2937. 


State COVID-19 Testing

Please visit


Home PCR Tests for Adults 

Please visit for details and to request a test kit.


MA Vaccination Updates

Vaccines and Boosters for Children

As a reminder, children aged 6 months and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and children ages 5 years and older are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose. 

  • Pediatricians’ Offices: Call your child’s doctor or nurse to determine vaccine availability.
  • To see all Massachusetts vaccine locations and make appointments, go to or for children with sensory and/or other accommodation needs.


Cambridge Vaccination Data

Residents who have received at least 1 dose: 109,224

Fully Vaccinated Residents: 88,712

Residents with 1 Booster: 59,108 

Residents with 2 Boosters: 17,571


Weekly DPH COVID-19 Vaccination Report

Total doses administered: 15,905,683

Total first booster doses administered: 3,275,633 

Total second booster doses administered: 896,236



DPH Resources on COVID-19 and Monkeypox


Monkeypox information: 


This Week’s COVID-19 Case Count 

Please note that these are only the reported cases. The actual case counts are underreported due to people using rapid tests at home. 



Total Cases: 1,887,130

New Cases: 8,480

Total Deaths:20,341

New PCR Tests: 118,545



Total Cases 33,076

New Cases: 20

Total Deaths: 169


State interactive data dashboard:

Harvard COVID dashboard:


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:


Intimate Partner Abuse Prevention Helpline

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 or by calling 877-898-3411.


Where to Give

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Toiletries and Gift Card Drive

To benefit survivors of domestic violence at Transition House & YWCA Cambridge, the YWCA is collecting full size toiletry items that are diverse in hair/skin types as well as gift cards to Target, Amazon, or Visa/MC. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations Monday through Thursday, 10AM-4PM:

  • Cambridge City Hall lobby, 795 Mass Ave (through Friday, October 21) 
  • YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple St., 2nd Floor (through Monday, October 24) 


Thanks to everyone who has generously contributed to many organizations serving vulnerable people locally, nationally, and globally. If you are able to donate, please visit for places serving those most affected by COVID-19 and for organizations that are engaging in racial justice work.


As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns at




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