Cambridge City
MA

City Manager's Agenda Item
CMA 2020 #116
ORDER ADOPTED
Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM

Transmitting Communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of appropriation of $150,000 from Free Cash to the General Fund Finance Department Other Ordinary Maintenance Account, for COVID-19 testing kits.

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Department:City Manager's Office, LADSponsors:
Category:Appropriation

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I am hereby requesting the appropriation of $150,000 from Free Cash to the General Fund Finance Department Other Ordinary Maintenance Account, for COVID-19 testing kits.

The city has implemented a universal testing program, which is currently underway, to address the immediate needs of vulnerable populations across the city including seniors as well as sheltered/unsheltered homeless individuals.  This approach dovetails with a rapid testing outreach activity that focused on area nursing homes and long-term care facilities in order to gauge the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus among residents and staff.  This same model has been applied as a pre-screening program to support the city's temporary emergency shelter while enhancing the city’s overall surveillance functions to monitor the spread of COVID-19.  

Testing kits and the analysis of specimen are provided by the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.  The specimen are collected as nasal swabs administered by ProEMS ambulance service as well as the Cambridge Fire Department. Staff from the Cambridge Public Health Department conduct the follow-up regarding the test results and provide the necessary counseling to COVID positive individuals. 

Testing kits cost $100 each which includes the process of the lab specimen.  There were 4,000 kits ordered from the Broad Institute to support this expanded "mobile" testing program.  MIT contributed $250,000 for testing kits directly to the Broad Institute.  It is estimated that 1,500 kits are to be used for the senior population, and 2,500 kits will be used for neighborhood-based efforts to provide testing for vulnerable residents as needs arise in identified hot spots.

Meeting History

Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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