Updated: May 12, 2020

Cambridge Health Alliance Launches COVID-19 Testing at Malden Care Center

Effort will support expanded testing for Everett and Malden residents

Malden, Mass. - Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) today announced that, beginning Wednesday, April 29, COVID-19 testing will be available to existing CHA patients and members of the community via a stand-alone testing center at the CHA Malden Care Center (195 Canal Street, Malden). Everett and Malden residents 8 years of age and older are welcome, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Individuals MUST CALL to set up an appointment using a new hotline number at 617-665-2928.

“Providing a stand-alone testing location in Malden supports multiple public health goals: increased ease of testing, limiting risk of incidental infection and preserving hospital resources for the sickest patients,” said Assaad Sayah, MD, Cambridge Health Alliance CEO. “We appreciate the support of Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria and Malden Mayor Gary Christenson during this crisis and look forward to working with them to prevent the spread of this virus.”

“ Stopping the further spread of COVID-19 relies heavily on our ability to test quickly and safely ,” said Malden Mayor Gary Christenson. “Now, thanks to Cambridge Health Alliance, we will be able to do just that by ensuring that every member of our community has access to testing.”

"A testing facility dedicated to Everett residents will allow our community to test more individuals, and, in turn, slow the spread of the virus," said Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria.

Results will be available in five days after people are tested. Each community’s Department of Public Health will contact people with the results.

Malden residents will receive a call from the Malden Health Department with results. Call 781-397-7052 with any questions.

Everett residents will receive a call from the Everett Health Department with results. Call 617-394-2257 with any questions.

Below is key information about the service:

Appointments are required . Everett and Malden residents should call 617-665-2928 to get an appointment. The Call Center is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

CHA patients with symptoms should call their primary care provider to schedule a test referral.

● Testing is provided to residents and CHA patients Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

● Testing is available both as a drive-thru service and for bicyclists and people who arrive

on foot.

● Testing will be conducted in a tent located at the CHA Malden Care Center ( 195 Canal

Street ).

● There is no charge. People will be asked for insurance information, but it is not required.

● Results will be available within 5 days after people are tested.

CHA is monitoring the situation and will make changes as circumstances evolve. Visitwww.challiance.org to learn more and get updated information.

CHA is an academic community health system committed to providing high-quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org .




Updated: May 8, 2020


UPDATE #3 ON COVID-19 IN MASSACHUSETTS

4/20/20/-4/24/20

The COVID-19 Response Center and the administration are releasing new information daily on cases of Coronavirus in the state. As of Sunday, April 19th:


Total cases in Massachusetts – 38,077

Total COVID-19 related fatalities in Massachusetts – 1,706

Patients tested in the MA state public health laboratory, commercial laboratories, and hospitals – 162,241


Malden COVID-19 updates

Updates from Governor Baker:

  • Stay at Home Advisory - Massachusetts residents are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, limit outings to essential trips, and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

  • All Non-Essential Businesses must close until May 4th. To see which businesses are considered essential, please visit this link.

  • All schools and non-emergency child care centers will remain closed until May 4th.

  • Governor Baker announced a federal disaster declaration for COVID-19 response.

  • To keep up to date with announcements from Governor Baker, please visit this link.

Updates from the Federal Government:

  • The IRS announced that anyone making less than $1 million/year will receive a 90-day tax filing extension, moving the deadline to file from April 15 to July 15.

  • President Trump announced that he is directing the Secretary of Education to suspend repayment of federal student loans for at least 60 days.

  • Congress is proposing a personal stimulus bill that would pay each American $1,200 to help with the COVID-19 outbreak (with some limitations).

  • People who are unemployed are now eligible to receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance under the CARES Act. Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance here.

Updates from the State Government:

  • An Act to Further Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities, School Districts and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19.

  • waives MCAS requirement for the 2019-2020 academic year

  • redirects funding to address immediate and critical homelessness needs resulting from the public health emergency

  • provides the MBTA additional budgetary flexibility amid the COVID-19 emergency

  • COVID-19 Relief Bill

  • extended state tax filing deadline from April 15th to July 15th

  • includes immediate economic relief to restaurants and other establishments that are licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption to sell wine and beer with food takeout and delivery

  • municipal changes:

  • allows extensions for property tax exemption and deferrals from April 1 to June 1, 2020

  • modifies permitting process to allow flexibility

  • allows annual town meetings to be delayed until June 30th

  • permits municipalities to utilize retired employees and lifts pension-related hour restrictions for employees who return to work as it relates to COVID-19 response

  • prohibits essential services provided by the city or town from being terminated as a result of a missed or late payment

  • The legislature passed a bill that would eliminate the one-week waiting period for applications for unemployment. The Department of Unemployment Assistance may no provide benefits to people who have been quarantined, are ordered to leave work, or leave work to take care of a family member.

  • Self employed individuals and independent contractors can now apply for benefits here.

  • A loan fund of $10 million has been created to provide financial relief to Massachusetts businesses that have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

  • The legislature passed a bill allowing cities and towns to postpone 2020 municipal elections, push back deadlines for voter registration, and increase voting options while Massachusetts is in a state of emergency.

  • The legislature passed a bill that enacts a moratorium on non-essential evictions and foreclosures amid COVID-19.

  • Expanded Mobile Testing for Long-Term Care Facilities

  • On March 31, the Commonwealth implemented a project that allows for safe, on-site testing of symptomatic residents of nursing and rest homes with a quick turnaround. Since then more than 4,500 tests have been collected at 264 facilities. Facilities with appropriately trained clinical staff can now conduct their own testing with test kits ordered through the mobile testing program; as of today, 77 facilities had requested more than 8,600 test kits had been sent

Important phone numbers and community resources:


Call 2-1-1 to get current updates about COVID-19 related news and announcements in multiple languages.


Text “COVIDMA” to 888-777 to receive text updates regarding COVID-19

City of Malden Resources:


Malden Health Department: 781-397-7000 x 2049

Malden Senior Center: 781-397-7144

Malden Treasurer: 781-397-7090

Malden Veterans' Services: 781-397-7139


Domestic Violence/Crisis Help:


Portal to Hope

781-338-7678

portaltohope@aol.com


Housing:


Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)

617-357-6000


Housing Families

781-322-9119


Mystic Valley Elder Services

781-324-7705


Food:


Bread of Life

781-397-0404


Fuel Assistance:


Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)

617-357-6000


Elder Care:


Mystic Valley Elder Services

781-324-7705

Other Helpful Links:


Massachusetts Department of Public Health


Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


Social Distancing Explained


Social Distancing Video


How to Explain the Coronavirus to Children

For more information regarding programs and resources to help individuals and businesses during this time, please visit my website.


If you need assistance of any kind please do not hesitate to call my office at 617-722-2460, or email me at Steven.Ultrino@mahouse.gov. You may also email my Legislative Aide at Sarah.Gonsenhauser@mahouse.gov.


Remember to:

  • Wash your hands diligently for at least 20 seconds with warm water

  • Avoid crowds or gatherings over 10 people

  • Stay as home as much as possible to limit exposure and potential spread of the virus

Hello Friend,

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put a significant strain on families and students. I want to update you on what I've done in Congress to support the needs of our families and students, and also connect you to some relevant resources that are currently available for you and your loved ones. Last month, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, two emergency funding packages that take important steps to help address the urgent challenges facing our education system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, these new laws provide essential child care services for front line workers that are keeping us safe, as well as paid extended leave for parents and caregivers. For K-12 students, we have enacted increased access to child nutrition programs and far-reaching academic support so that classrooms in cities and in rural America can take advantage of remote learning tools. Finally, for those who enrolled in higher education institutions, these new emergency measures have suspended loan payments and frozen interest on all direct and federally held student loans through September 30, 2020.

As this robust emergency relief is provided to communities in Massachusetts and across the country, there are other forms of help available to you and your loved ones right now:

  • If you are in need of food assistance for your children as they remain at home from school, please visit my website and follow me on Twitter for regularly updated information about meal sites currently serving students and families in Massachusetts. You can also click here for an interactive state map provided by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency that lists the locations of several resources available to the public at this time. Be sure to share this information with your neighbors to ensure that everyone has access to the meals they need. You can also click here if you would like to learn more about signing up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and click here for more information about the Women, Infants, & Children Nutrition Program (WIC).

  • The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) has launched a new online application portal to assist residents in applying for Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC). Click here to access this application portal.

  • Massachusetts is establishing a process to approve child care programs that will serve vulnerable children and the children of families who are essential to the health, safety, and welfare of our communities. Click here for more information and how to apply for assistance.

  • Please click here for more information about relief available to college students, recent graduates, and all student loan borrowers.

  • The Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution have also made a wide range of educational material available on their websites for students of all ages. You can find descriptions and links to Smithsonian Institution resources here, and Library of Congress resources here.

  • This Thursday, April 16 at 6:00PM EDT, I will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. She will be available to provide best practices as we guide our families through this challenging time and will be taking questions. Here's the call in number: 1 (844) 734-8764

Please also be sure to regularly check my dedicated COVID-19 webpage on my website for new health and public safety information as well as for additional resources as they arise. I promise to keep you updated as this situation evolves and will continue to do everything I can in Congress to protect American families from this virus.

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