Chief Public Health Officer
After Hours Reporting
The Cambridge Public Health Department office is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. To report a public health matter after hours, please consult the directory below.
If you need immediate medical assistance, call 9-1-1.
To report a suspected or diagnosed communicable disease case:
- Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Call the Cambridge Public Health Department, 617-665-3826.
- After hours & holidays: Call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 617-983-6800.
To report an urgent and immediate hazardous health situation, such as a gas leak or suspicious substance, call 9-1-1.
Please see the Public Health Hazard or Concern page for a list of common public health issues and the agencies responsible for addressing them.
Complaints regarding the following issues are handled during business hours by the city’s Inspectional Services Department, 617-349-6100:
- A dumpster
- A public swimming pool
- A restaurant or other food establishment
Note: Inspectional Services hours of operation are Monday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Tuesday–Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; and Friday, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2023