A groundbreaking program at Cambridge Health Alliance that treated crime victims and others suffering from severe trauma will end Aug. 31 because there will be no staff members left to care for patients – described by some as the latest fallout from staff resistance to a treatment philosophy introduced by new leaders of CHA’s psychiatry department.
City officials have issued what they call a stronger advisory urging residents to wear masks indoors in public spaces, get vaccinated and get tested as daily Covid-19 cases remain at a high level. There are worries on numerous fronts, including increasing case rates in schools and among residents over 65. More people are being hospitalized, as well.
Covid-19 cases are beginning to climb again in Cambridge, with 484 new infections in the seven days starting April 2. The increase is probably due to the extremely contagious BA.2 omicron subvariant, which now dominates cases in the region but, health care officials say, hasn’t created “strain on the health care system.”
Cambridge’s two hospitals, Mount Auburn Hospital and CHA Cambridge Hospital, are full as Covid-19 case counts and hospitalizations in Massachusetts grow. Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday ordered hospitals to postpone all elective procedures likely to result in hospital admissions.
Cambridge Health Alliance will reduce hours at its urgent care clinic in Somerville when it reopens after a water main break that forced the closing of the entire CHA Somerville Campus on Sept. 28. The clinic at the former hospital will lop one hour off weekdays and more on weekends.