Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #163
Order Adopted
Jun 29, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager confer with the Cambridge Public Health Department to discuss the feasibility of providing mobile testing at locations throughout the city for families, students and school staff.
That the City Manager provide an update to the feasibility of placing mobile testing sites by July 27, 2020 in order to provide ample time to prepare for the upcoming school year and keep our students and staff safe.

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

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WHEREAS:

The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) announced they will be closing their East Cambridge COVID-19 Testing site Friday, June 26; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Running through July, the Cambridge Public Health Department will begin to offer mobile testing in North Cambridge, The Port and East Cambridge one day each week during designated hours; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Additional neighborhoods may be added to the mobile testing program; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

COVID-19 prevalence in Cambridge is low, and current public health evidence suggests schools have not played a significant role in COVID-19 transmission and that children, particularly younger children, are less likely than adults to be infected with COVID-19; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued initial Fall School Reopening Guidance on June 25, 2020 for schools, which include that schools are not required to perform daily temperature checks before staff and students enter the building or provide COVID-19 testing; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

As COVID-19 will continue to affect us for a long time, in the absence of a vaccine the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Public Schools should consider a plan to implement testing for schools; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Such testing should be made available to all staff and to students who have had possible exposures from a family member, household, or from the community-at-large; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager confer with the Cambridge Public Health Department to discuss the feasibility of providing mobile testing at locations throughout the city for families, students and school staff; be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager provide an update to the feasibility of placing mobile testing sites by July 27, 2020 in order to provide ample time to prepare for the upcoming school year and keep our students and staff safe.

 

 

 

Meeting History

Jun 29, 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