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Case Count


Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19


Confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Cambridge residents

*as of 2:15 PM on May 4

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COVID-19 Information Line

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, call the Massachusetts COVID-19 Information Line at 2-1-1. The call center is equipped to handle a high call volume.

If the Massachusetts 2-1-1 cannot answer your questions, contact the Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) at or leave a message on the CPHD COVID-19 phone line at 617‑665‑3648.*

*The line will be monitored daily and CPHD staff will strive to respond to requests in a timely manner.


Public Health

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

Please do your part to:

  • Avoid close contact with others as much as possible.
  • Adhere to the emergency order requiring the use of face coverings whenever outside your home.
  • Wash your hands often and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. These simple actions are among the most effective to avoid illness.
  • If you have a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your doctor’s office. Do not go to the emergency room.
  • If you have severe symptoms, call 911 for an ambulance.

Important Information & Guidance

Case Count


Cambridge residents who have tested positive for COVID-19


Confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Cambridge residents

*as of 2:15 PM on May 4

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Keep in Touch with the Latest City Information

  • Baker-Polito Administration Orders Use of Mask or Face Covering in Public

    The Baker-Polito Administration issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places (beginning May 6th) where they cannot socially distance from others. The Administration also announced expanded community health center COVID-19 testing capacity at centers throughout the Commonwealth.

  • City of Cambridge Appoints Construction Advisory Group to Plan Safe Reopening Strategy

    The City of Cambridge announced today the appointment of 22 members to a new City Manager’s Construction Advisory Group. Representing public health, building trade unions, inspectional and public works officials, contractors, development project managers, and universities, the Advisory Group will provide advice on drafting best practices that the City can incorporate into a safe construction reopening plan.

Food Assistance

The health and safety of the Cambridge community is our top priority during this unprecedented time. While many of the city’s food pantries have temporarily closed, we are working to ensure that Cambridge residents have access to food during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Face Coverings

Cambridge issued an emergency order requiring that face coverings be worn in all public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, and applies to everyone over the age of five years old, with exceptions in alignment with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control or Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Violations may be punishable by a $300 fine.

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In order to address the many concerns regarding housing and housing related needs, the Community Development Department, The Department of Human Services’ Multi Service Center, and the City’s Housing Liaison are working together to stay up to date on all court related information and to respond to your questions and concerns.

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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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Resources for People with Disabilities

The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) has put together a page with a list of resources to help people with disabilities get their basic needs met during this public health crisis.

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We’re working to communicate with the small business and artist communities on potential local, state, and federal resources and relief related to Governor Baker’s Stay at Home Advisory that has been extended through May 4.

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City Services

To help mitigate the effect of COVID-19, the City of Cambridge closed all municipal buildings and asked non-essential staff not to report to the office beginning Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. With City offices closed, critical City services continue but there are many changes to be aware of. There are also some City services available for residents to access online while offices are closed.

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Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund Application Information

The City of Cambridge will begin accepting applications to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund on Monday, April 13, 2020. Funds will be allocated for rent and/or utility payments and other household needs. Funds will also be allocated for mortgage payments for homes purchased through the City’s affordable homeownership programs.

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War Memorial Temporary Emergency Shelter

On April 1, the City Manager’s office announced that the City will open the War Memorial Recreation Center and Field House (War Memorial) at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) to shelter homeless neighbors during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Cambridge Public Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. All distance learning, bag breakfast and lunch information, and more are available on the schools’ website.

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The City of Cambridge has closed all Cambridge Public Library locations to the public until further notice. During this time, patrons are asked to keep any library materials that they currently have borrowed. Book drops at all locations will be closed. To minimize the impact of this closure on patrons, loan periods will be extended to June 30. Although Libraries are closed, please be sure to visit their one stop shop of online services though link below.

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Children & Families

Access information for parents and providers about childcare programs across the state.

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