Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates

Cumulative Cases

6206

Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19

*as of 4:00 PM on May 16

Total Deaths

123

Confirmed COVID‑19 deaths in Cambridge residents

*as of 4:00 PM on May 16

Fully Vaccinated

46%

Percentage of fully vaccinated Cambridge residents

*as of 5:15 PM on May 13

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In Cambridge, we must all take action to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19.

  • Wearing a mask when you are around people you don't live with.
  • Staying 6 feet apart from others not in your household.
  • Avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, especially if you are unvaccinated. See more from the CDC.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water.
  • If you have severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, and/or inability to wake or stay awake, call 911 for an ambulance immediately.
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Vaccine Information

People age 16 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can get vaccinated and, effective immediately, providers in Massachusetts may begin to administer the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to individuals age 12 and older. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and one of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you from getting sick from COVID-19. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated.

 

To find a location, we recommend the following:

 

Online:

  • Six of the Commonwealth’s mass vaccination sites will open for walk up vaccination. These sites include the Hynes Convention Center, the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, the Double Tree in Danvers, the former Circuit City in Dartmouth, the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and the Natick Mall.
  • Residents should still go to VaxFinder to find a location near them and plan their vaccination. Residents will be able to use each site’s VaxFinder listing to either book appointments or view more details about walk-up appointments. VaxFinder also lists important information like each site’s accessibility options, MBTA Trip Planner and more. Over 500 locations have open availability on VaxFinder.
  • In addition, below are other ways for eligible people to find an available appointment:

By Phone:

  • You can call 2-1-1, the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line.
    • Hours: Mon-Thu, 8:30 am. – 8:00 p.m., Fri-Sun, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    • Live call center workers will be available in English and Spanish, and 100 additional languages will be available through translators.

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Testing

The City of Cambridge and Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) are offering free COVID-19 testing for Cambridge residents. No identification or Social Security number is required. All sites are wheelchair accessible.

Please note: While appointments are not required, we strongly urge residents to book an appointment in advance. Please be mindful that appointments cannot be made by calling the testing sites directly.

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Public Health

Widespread vaccination is the most important pathway to ending the pandemic. Everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to learn more and register for a vaccine appointment. 

Scientists are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking certain precautions. Learn more.

 

In addition to vaccination, the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are:

  • Wearing a mask when you are around people you don't live with.
  • Staying 6 feet apart from others not in your household.
  • Avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, especially if you are unvaccinated. See more from the CDC.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water.
  • If you have severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, and/or inability to wake or stay awake, call 911 for an ambulance immediately.

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City Departments & Offices

In-person appointments at City buildings, including contactless holds pick-up at the Cambridge Public Library, have resumed. Appointments are available with many departments on Monday - Friday each week.

Most City services can be accessed online or over the telephone. While City buildings will be open to members of the public by appointment only, City offices will remain open. A complete listing of City departments and contact information can be found below.

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Reopening Cambridge

The City of Cambridge and Commonwealth of Massachusetts are working to safely reopen the economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. Information on plans, guidelines, and guidance for different sectors of the economy will be available here and updated often. The City of Cambridge will release further information on City-specific orders that will supplement the State’s recommendations when necessary.

On May 6, 2021, the City of Cambridge will advance to Phase IV, Step 1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening Plan:

  • Phase 4.1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening Plan allows for:
    • Dance floors at events only (weddings, etc.)
    • Overnight camps
    • Exhibition/convention halls
    • Larger capacity venues (arenas, ballparks, etc.)
  • Gathering Limits Updated:
    • Limits in Cambridge for event venues and in public settings increase to 100 people indoors and 150 outdoors
    • Gatherings in private settings remain at 10 indoors 25 outdoors
  • Other Changes:
    • Live music in restaurants is allowed
      • Restaurants must follow both Restaurant, and Theater/Performance Venues sector specific guidelines.
      • These guidelines do not permit singing indoors and discourage singing outdoors. These guidelines also discourage the playing of brass and wind instruments both indoors and outdoors.
    • Additional requirements for Fitness Center and Health Club Operations are rescinded.
      • Fitness Centers and Health Clubs must continue to comply with all applicable sector-specific safety protocols.

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City Services

In-person appointments at City buildings, including contactless holds pick-up at the Cambridge Public Library, have resumed. Appointments are available with many departments on Monday - Thursday each week. Most City services can be accessed online or over the telephone. While City buildings will be open to members of the public by appointment only, City offices remain open.

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Face Coverings

Under the City of Cambridge mask order, masks or face coverings may only be removed outside when six foot distancing is possible. Masks or face coverings are required at all times at indoor and outdoor venues and events, except when eating or drinking, and, in residential buildings of two or more units, masks are required prior to entering any common area. The City of Cambridge continues to require that employees of places of business may remove masks or cloth face coverings only when working alone in an individual office with a door closed or when working alone in an office suite with no other individuals present. Masks must be worn at all other times in places of business.

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Businesses

Access, local, state, and federal information and assistance for the small business and artist communities.

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Schools

Access information about Cambridge Public Schools' plans for the 2020-21 School Year.

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Housing

During this time of crisis, the City of Cambridge is working hard to ensure that all our residents stay safe and healthy.

Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale have been working with the City Council and many City Departments to establish additional resources for residents who have been impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

The Community Development Department, the Department of Human Service Programs' Multi Service Center, and the City’s Housing Liaison are also working together to stay up to date on all court related information and to respond to your housing related questions and concerns. We understand that this crisis affects us all; tenants, homeowners, landlords and property management companies. We hope by working together we will keep our homes and our community intact.

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Seniors

Senior residents, particularly individuals with weakened respiratory and immune systems, may be at higher risk of serious illness upon contracting COVID-19. As a unified community, we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe and healthy, both physically and mentally, by adopting specific precautionary measures.

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Libraries

All Cambridge Public Library buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Contactless pickup of library holds is available at some locations during modified hours. The Main Library book drop is open 24/7 for returns, and branch libraries accept returns during advertised hours. No overdue fines are being charged during the pandemic. The Library offers many online collections and virtual services and programs to enjoy from home. Library staff are available to assist patrons by phone at 617-349-4040 and email to library@cambridgema.gov.

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Resources for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities (PwD) and/or certain ongoing health problems, especially people who have problems with their lungs or with fighting off illness, are at a higher risk of getting very sick if they get COVID-19.The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) has put together this list of resources to help you get your basic needs met during this public health crisis.

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Transition Wellness Center

On December 16, 2020, the City of Cambridge announced the opening of the Transition Wellness Center (TWC). The new temporary emergency homeless shelter at the Spaulding Hospital will host 58 beds and serve as an adult homeless shelter for guests who test negative for COVID-19. It is located on the first and second floors of the east wing of the Spaulding Hospital, which is located at 1575 Cambridge Street and was vacant prior to the renovations. The City of Cambridge will fund the entirety of the shelter operation. This project is federal CARES Act funding eligible and the City expects to submit approximately $3.4 million for reimbursement to support this critical initiative.

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