Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #230
Order Adopted
Oct 19, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with Claude Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer of the Cambridge Public Health Department, to expand COVID-19 testing dates and locations in Cambridge.

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Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the Cambridge Public Health Department has offered free COVID-19 testing to Cambridge residents via stand-alone testing centers, as well as testing in nursing homes, senior centers and homeless shelters; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Throughout the summer and into the Fall, CHA has continued to offer free testing twice a week for residents; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Commonwealth reports community-level data on key COVID-19 metrics as part of the Baker-Polito Administration's efforts to partner with cities and towns to slow the spread of the virus, including categorizing cities and towns by color; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Based on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, each city or town has been designated as a higher risk (red), moderate risk (yellow), or lower risk (green) community; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

While Cambridge remains in the lower risk (green) community category, the COVID-19 positivity rate has increased in neighboring cities like Somerville, Everett and Boston, which are all in the Commonwealth’s higher risk (red) community category; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In order to combat the increasing positivity rate in surrounding areas, we must increase testing in Cambridge; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with Claude Jacob, Chief Public Health Officer of the Cambridge Public Health Department, to expand testing dates and locations in Cambridge.

 

Meeting History

Oct 19, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan