To protect your health and the health of our community, learn more about the safety measures below. Test positive? Visit our What to do if You Test Positive for COVID-19 page.
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that emerged in late 2019. Reported illness ranges from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms vary from person to person, and can include fever or chills; cough; fatigue; body aches; headaches; congestion; loss of smell; and others.
Knowledge about COVID-19 continues to evolve. Visit the websites of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the most up-to-date information.
COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe, effective, and free. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family. Vaccines are recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older. You don’t need identification or insurance to get a vaccine, and the shots are widely available in Cambridge.
- City of Cambridge Vaccine Information
- Vaccine Clinics at the CPHD
- Where To Get Vaccinated in Massachusetts
- COVID-19 in-Home Vaccination Program in Massachusetts
- To get a new vaccine card, visit the state’s Access My Vaccination Records
- COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions
- COVID-19 Booster Doses: Frequently Asked Questions
Testing lets you know if you have COVID-19 and should get medical treatment for yourself and/or take measures to protect other people.
- You can get free at-home tests at local pharmacies through your health insurance plan. Health insurance covers eight at-home tests per month for each person on your plan. Some insurance plans allow you to use your insurance card to pick up tests at a pharmacy for free. Other insurance plans will pay you back if you buy at-home tests.
- You can order at-home tests for free through the federal government. The tests are delivered through the mail. Each order includes eight tests. You do not need to enter any health insurance information.
- You can purchase tests at local retailers and pharmacies.
Videos on How to Use At-Home Tests
Each brand has different instructions, so be sure to follow the instructions in your test packet. Below are videos that show some general instructions and a few brand specific directions on at-home tests.
- Abbott: A Guide for the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Self Test
- iHealth: How to Use the iHealth Antigen Rapid Test
- Boston Public Schools: iHealth Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Tutorial. Translated subtitles: Arabic | Chinese | Cape Verdean Creole | Haitian Creole | Spanish | Portuguese
- CDC: How To Use a Self-Test | Spanish
- Mass General Hospital: Doing COVID-19 Testing at Home | Spanish
Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19. CPHD encourages masking indoors when outside your own home while COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community.
Updated: January 17, 2023