VACCINE INFORMATION: All Massachusetts residents age 5 and older are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. Visit Mass.Gov/CovidVaccine to book an appointment or call the hotline at 211.


• FDA authorizes COVID booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11

MONDAY, May 16

• Massachusetts reports 10,789 new COVID cases, nine additional deaths

• Hopkinton recommends masks indoors after rise in COVID cases

FRIDAY, May 13

• Massachusetts reports 4,654 new COVID cases, positivity rate increases to 8.68%


• Several school districts recommend students wear masks in class

• Massachusetts reports 5,576 new COVID cases, positivity rate over 8% for first time since January


• Massachusetts reports 3,996 new COVID cases; seven-day weighted average of positive tests increased to 7.89%

• Masks are now mandatory in Northampton Public Schools until May 20


• Massachusetts reports 21 additional COVID deaths over 3 days, 2,909 new cases


• Massachusetts reports 8,625 new COVID cases over 3 days, 1 additional death

• Arlington and Cambridge recommend masks in schools again


• Seven Massachusetts counties are now considered high-risk for COVID

• Massachusetts reports 3,836 new COVID cases, positivity rate rises to 6.63%


• Massachusetts reports 4,376 new COVID cases, positivity rate rises over 6%


• Massachusetts reports 2,985 new COVID cases, 14 additional deaths


• Massachusetts reports 12 additional COVD deaths over 3 days, 2,651 new cases


• Massachusetts reports 6,290 new COVID cases over 3 days, 6 additional deaths

FRIDAY, April 29

• Massachusetts reports 3,199 new COVID cases, positivity rate increases to 5.37%

THURSDAY, April 28

• Massachusetts reports 3,341 new COVID cases, positivity rate increases to 5.04%

• Moderna seeks emergency use authorization for COVID vaccine for kids 5 and under

• Massachusetts wastewater data shows COVID levels appear to be trending down


• Massachusetts reports 2,807 new COVID cases, positivity rate increases to 4.8%

TUESDAY, April 26

• Boston doctor offers advice for getting underutilized COVID therapy Paxlovid

• Massachusetts reports 1 additional COVID death over 3 days, 2,372 new cases

MONDAY, April 25

• Massachusetts reports 5,443 new COVID cases over 3 days, 10 additional deaths

FRIDAY, April 22

• Massachusetts reports 2,303 new COVID cases, 2 additional deaths

THURSDAY, April 21

• Massachusetts reports 2,303 new COVID cases, 2 additional deaths

• Experts say widespread use of Paxlovid could prevent future hospital surges

• Massachusetts reports 2,528 new COVID cases, 13 additional deaths

• Boston Public Health Commission is “urging” residents to take extra precautions after rise in COVID numbers

• Some CDC panel members say people under 50 should wait for new COVID boosters


• Justice Department seeks to reinstate mask mandate on public transportation

• Massachusetts reports 1,853 new COVID cases, positivity rate increases To 4.3%

• New COVID outbreak at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home

• The Steamship Authority will no longer require masks in terminals or on ferries

• Suffolk, Middlesex, and Berkshire counties are now at medium risk for COVID-19 transmission

• People over 50 who had COVID are at increased risk for shingles, new study says

TUESDAY, April 19

• Massachusetts reports 6,514 new COVID cases, two additional deaths over four days

• Masks are no longer required on the MBTA

• Uber is dropping its mask requirement for riders and drivers

• Travelers at Logan Airport and MBTA stations are adjusting to new mask guidelines

MONDAY, April 18

• TSA will no longer enforce mask mandate after court ruling

FRIDAY, April 15

• Massachusetts reports 2,470 new COVID cases, positivity rate near 3.9%

• FDA authorizes first breath test for COVID-19 infection

THURSDAY, April 14

• Massachusetts reports 2,962 new COVID cases, positivity rate now over 3.6%

• Pfizer to seek authorization for COVID booster shots for 5-to-11-year-olds


• Massachusetts reports 1,969 new COVID cases, 1 additional death

• CDC to extend travel mask requirement for 2 weeks

TUESDAY, April 12

• Massachusetts reports 12 additional COVID deaths over 3 days, 1,712 new cases

• COVID cases in Massachusetts increasing once again

MONDAY, April 11

• Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels European tour over COVID concerns

• Massachusetts reports 4,000 new COVID cases over 3 days, 7 additional deaths

FRIDAY, April 8

• Massachusetts reports 1,637 new COVID cases, 2 additional deaths

• 11 Massachusetts State troopers and one sergeant were fired for refusing to get the COVID vaccine


• Massachusetts reports 1,760 new COVID cases, 7 additional deaths


• Massachusetts reports 1,296 new COVID cases, 3 additional deaths

TUESDAY, April 5

• Massachusetts reports 12 additional COVID deaths, 1,116 new COVID cases

MONDAY, April 4

• Massachusetts reports 2,888 new COVID cases over 3 days, no additional deaths

FRIDAY, April 1

COVID-19 cases making a comeback in Massachusetts schools

• Boston’s COVID public health emergency ends, but school mask mandate remains

• Massachusetts reports 1,442 new COVID cases, 10 additional deaths

THURSDAY, March 31

• Massachusetts reports 1472 new COVID cases, 7 additional deaths


• Massachusetts reports 1,252 new COVID cases, 1 additional death

TUESDAY, March 29

• Massachusetts reports 16 additional COVID deaths over three days, 882 new cases

• FDA authorizes second booster shots for people 50 and older

• Massachusetts wastewater data shows slow uptick in COVID levels

• CDC says more than 70% of COVID cases in northeast caused by the Omicron subvariant BA.2

MONDAY, March 28

• Massachusetts reports 2,430 new COVID cases over 3 days, 3 additional deaths

• Dr. Anthony Fauci to give Roger Williams University commencement address in May

FRIDAY, March 25

• Massachusetts reports 1,109 new COVID cases, positivity rate back above 2%

THURSDAY, March 24

• Massachusetts reports 1,086 new COVID cases, five additional deaths

• Tufts Medical Center has no COVID patients in ICU for first time in 2 Years


• Massachusetts reports 1,074 new COVID cases, one additional death

• Moderna says its low-dose COVID vaccine works for kids under 6

TUESDAY, March 22

• Massachusetts reports 15 additional COVD deaths over 3 days, 773 new cases

MONDAY, March 21

• Massachusetts reports 1,693 new COVID cases over 3 days, 7 more deaths

• Masks no longer required in state courthouses in Massachusetts

FRIDAY, March 18

• Massachusetts reports 813 new COVID cases, 6 additional deaths

THURSDAY, March 17

• Moderna seeks FDA authorization for 4th dose of COVID shot

• Massachusetts reports 899 new COVID cases, 10 additional deaths

New COVID variants in forecast for Massachusetts

• Peabody Middle School in Concord is closed Friday due to a COVID-19 outbreak


• Massachusetts reports 725 new COVID cases, 14 additional deaths

TUESDAY, March 15

• Massachusetts reports 16 additional COVID deaths over 3 days, 502 new cases

MONDAY, March 14

• Massachusetts reports 1,520 new COVID cases over 3 days, 9 additional deaths

FRIDAY, March 11

• Massachusetts reports 677 new COVID cases, 14 additional deaths

THURSDAY, March 10

• Massachusetts’ COVID death count will decrease by 3,700 after it adjusted its definition

• Massachusetts reports 802 new COVID cases, 22 additional deaths

• Thursday marks the second anniversary of when Gov. Charlie Baker declared a State of Emergency at the start of the COVID pandemic


Boston to end COVID public health emergency on April 1

• Massachusetts reports 775 new COVID cases, 28 additional deaths

TUESDAY, March 8

• Massachusetts reports 61 additional COVID deaths over 3 days, 607 new cases

MONDAY, March 7

• Worcester Board of Health votes to lift public schools mask mandate effective immediately

• Massachusetts reports 1,694 new COVID cases over 3 days, 22 additional deaths

• Masks, proof of vaccination no longer required to visit Massachusetts State House


• Boston officially ends its indoor mask mandate in most settings

FRIDAY, March 4

• Massachusetts reports 900 new COVID cases, 23 additional deaths

• Gov. Baker announces the state is downsizing its “Stop The Spread” testing sites due to drop in demand


• Massachusetts reports 1,067 new COVID cases, 27 additional deaths

• 3,084 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 over last two weeks

• Experts say COVID transitioning to endemic


• Massachusetts reports 907 new COVID cases, 35 additional deaths

• TD Garden lifting mask requirement Saturday

• Lawrence Mayor Brian DePeña says city on track to lift indoor mask mandate Friday

• Northeastern will remove indoor mask mandate on campus Saturday

TUESDAY, March 1

Boston to drop city’s indoor mask mandate in most settings as of Saturday

• Mass. reports 1,209 new COVID cases, 62 additional deaths

MONDAY, February 28

• Massachusetts reports 1,632 new COVID cases, 7-Day positivity rate drops below 2%

• Swansea students celebrate end of mask mandate with “Annie” parody

• Many schools returning from February break with no mask mandate

FRIDAY, February 25

• CDC significantly eases pandemic mask guidelines

• Massachusetts reports 1,329 new COVID cases, 29 additional deaths

THURSDAY, February 24

• Massachusetts reports 1,556 new COVID cases, 48 additional deaths

WEDNESDAY, February 23

• Massachusetts reports 938 new COVID cases, 133 additional deaths

• School mask mandates ending in New Hampshire

TUESDAY, February 22

• Mass. reports 4,118 new COVID cases over 4 days, 37 additional deaths

MONDAY, February 21

• TD Garden no longer requires proof of COVID vaccination as of Monday

SATURDAY, February 19

• The TD Garden announces it will end its proof of COVID vaccination requirement on Monday

• Boston Public Library holds rally for workers after disruptive protests from anti-mask protesters

FRIDAY, February 18

• Boston Mayor Michelle Wu lifts city’s proof of vaccine requirement for indoor businesses

• Students excited to drop masks after February vacation

• Massachusetts reports 1,983 new COVID cases, 47 additional deaths

• Mask mandate officially lifted in Newton, prompting mixed reaction among residents

THURSDAY, February 17

• Massachusetts reports 2,326 new COVID cases, 37 additional deaths

• As Worcester drops mask mandate, Boston moves closer to easing restrictions

• 3,921 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• New study says COVID increases risk of heart issues up to a year after infection

WEDNESDAY, February 16

• Massachusetts reports 1,653 new COVID cases, 46 additional deaths

• State’s health and education secretaries send letter to colleges and universities asking them to consider returning ‘near normal’ conditions

TUESDAY, February 15

Court blocks vaccine mandate for some Boston firefighters, police

Free COVID tests arriving: What to know about expiration dates, cold temps

• Mass. reports 1,459 new COVID cases, 90 additional deaths over 3 days

Provincetown lifting COVID vaccine proof and mask mandates, citing “zero active cases” among residents

• Massachusetts no longer recommending face masks for everyone indoors

• Boston’s proof of vaccine mandate could be dropped in “the next few days,” Wu says

MONDAY, February 14

• Mass. reports 3,863 new covid cases over 3 days, 66 additional deaths

• Frustrated parents await guidance on masks in school

• The Massachusetts State House will reopen to the public on February 22, lawmakers announced

FRIDAY, February 11

• Massachusetts reports 2,499 new COVID cases, 53 additional deaths

• Massachusetts State Police claim of ‘prohibited practice’ over state’s COVID vaccine mandate dismissed

• Salem health officials receive anti-Semitic messages in response to COVID decisions

FDA postpones advisory panel meeting on Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for kids under 5

• MIAA ending mask requirement for high school sports on February 28

THURSDAY, February 10

• Mass. reports 2,611 new COVID cases, 7-day positivity rate drops below 4%

• 6,723 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Archdiocese Of Boston to end mask requirement for Masses on February 28

• Boston will not drop mask mandate in city schools on February 28, Wu says

• Boston Teachers Union reaches deal with city allowing COVID testing for unvaccinated educators

WEDNESDAY, February 9

• Mass. reports 2,794 new COVID cases, 69 additional deaths

• Mask mandate for Massachusetts schools ending February 28

TUESDAY, February 8

• Salem Board of Health votes to rescind COVID-related public health rules

• Massachusetts reports 128 additional COVID deaths over 3 Days, 1,792 new cases

42 Massachusetts schools now allowed by state to lift mask mandates

• Boston nearing thresholds to drop proof of vaccination requirement in some indoor settings, mayor says

• City councilors want hearing on why Boston is still in a public health emergency

• Marlboro ends indoor mask mandate

MONDAY, February 7

• Mass. reports 6,725 new COVID cases over 3 days, 56 additional deaths

• Worcester board of health to drop city’s indoor mask mandate on February 18

FRIDAY, February 4

• Mass. tops 1.5 million confirmed COVID cases, but positivity rate drops again

THURSDAY, February 3

• Mass. reports 4,829 new COVID cases, 59 additional deaths

• 11,986 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Omicron COVID variant may cause less damage to lungs than delta variant, researchers say

Medicare opens up access to free at-home COVID-19 tests

WEDNESDAY, February 2

• Massachusetts reports 4,973 new COVID cases, 87 additional deaths

• Some doctors, parents urge schools to make masks optional for students

TUESDAY, February 1

• Massachusetts reports 127 additional COVID deaths over 3 days, 2,628 new cases

• Pfizer asks FDA to authorize COVID vaccine for kids under 5

MONDAY,  January 31

• Mass. reports 12,127 new COVID cases over 3 days, 83 additional deaths

• Massachusetts colleges should return to “near normal” and transition to endemic, state says

• Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine gets full approval from FDA

• Schools enrolled in new program to begin receiving at-home COVID tests

FRIDAY,  January 28

• Massachusetts reports 7,181 new COVID cases, 65 additional deaths

THURSDAY,  January 27

• Judge pauses COVID vaccine mandate for certain Boston workers

• Mass. reports 8,616 new COVID cases, 7-day positivity rate drops below 10%

• 21,686 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Moderna starts testing Omicron-specific booster dose

WEDNESDAY, January 26

• Smooth sailing at COVID testing sites around Boston

• Massachusetts reports 7,918 new COVID cases, 80 additional deaths

TUESDAY, January 25

• Mass. reports 7,120 new COVID cases and 148 additional deaths over 3 days

• Boston parents hold driving protest outside DESE meeting over COVID protocols

MONDAY, January 24

• Man can’t get heart transplant because he’s not vaccinated against COVID

• Mass. reports 24,512 new COVID cases over 3 days, 78 additional deaths

• Mayor Wu extends vaccination deadline, but 100 Boston firefighters protest mandate at City Hall

SUNDAY, January 23

• Boston city workers given additional week to show proof of COVID vaccination

FRIDAY, January 21

• Massachusetts reports 13,935 new COVID cases, 102 additional deaths

• Salem offers $500 incentive to workers at businesses where COVID vaccines required

Booster shots provide best protection against Omicron variant, CDC studies show

• COVID-19 vaccinations do not impair fertility in men or women, study finds

• Massachusetts Nurses Union wants Baker’s help to address “overwhelmed and burned out” workers

THURSDAY, January 20

Mask rage incidents growing in Massachusetts

Nearly half of all COVID hospitalizations are “incidental” cases

• Massachusetts reports 14,384 new COVID cases, 86 additional deaths

• 32,909 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

WEDNESDAY, January 19

• Massachusetts reports 14,647 new COVID cases, 199 additional deaths

• COVID forecaster sees brighter future

• Customer punches Regina Pizzeria employee after being asked to wear mask

Child care and preschools in Massachusetts to get rapid COVID tests for kids, staff

• 400 million N95 masks to be given away by federal government starting next week

• Salem father, daughter back home after COVID puts both in ICU

TUESDAY, January 18

• Massachusetts COVID cases on steep downward trend

• Massachusetts reports 56,489 new COVID cases over multiple days, 47 additional deaths

• Free at-home COVID tests now available online through post office

• Massachusetts “very much on the back side” of Omicron surge, Baker says

• State to provide weekly at-home COVID tests for students, staff at schools

• New high-capacity COVID testing site opens in Roxbury

• Moderna plans to have combination COVID booster, flu vaccine ready by Fall 2023

MONDAY, January 17

• Boston nurses concerned about limited supply of N95 masks

SATURDAY, January 15

• Boston’s B-Together initiative that requires proof of vaccination in certain indoor spaces goes into effect

FRIDAY, January 14

• Massachusetts reports 12,864 new COVID cases, 64 additional deaths

• Massachusetts hospital leaders say health care system is “gasping for air

• Mayor Michelle Wu announces the COVID vaccine mandate for Boston city employees will not officially be enforced until Jan. 24

• Some Boston students walk out to demand remote learning count towards 180 school days

THURSDAY, January 13

• Massachusetts reports 18,721 new COVID cases, 36 additional deaths

48,414 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in the last week

• 3 “Center for COVID Control” testing sites shut down due to lack of clinical lab licenses

WEDNESDAY, January 12

• Boston plans to provide rapid COVID tests to students prior to February vacation

• Massachusetts reports 22,184 new COVID cases, 75 additional deaths

• Massachusetts testing more than 500 deer for COVID

TUESDAY, January 11

• Brookline will require proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues

• Boston wastewater suggests surge of Omicron cases may be falling off

• Gov. Baker pushes back on pressure to allow remote learning, increased mask guidance

• Massachusetts reports 116 additional COVID deaths over three days, 17,802 new cases

• CDC reportedly considering recommending N95 masks

26 million rapid at-home COVID tests coming to Massachusetts over next 3 months, Baker says

• Baker activates 500 more National Guard members to help hospitals

MONDAY, January 10

• Massachusetts reports 60,986 new COVID cases over 3 Days, 53 additional deaths

• Teen develops website to find COVID tests for sale online

• Massachusetts launches digital COVID vaccine record access for residents at MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov

• Massachusetts extends mask requirement in all public schools through February 28

• Massachusetts is changing how it reports COVID-19 hospitalizations

SATURDAY, January 8

Commuter Rail will be cutting back service for at least two weeks due to the impact of COVID-19 on its workforce

Massachusetts Lottery holds 3 COVID vaccine clinics this weekend

• Framingham Public Schools are suspending extracurricular activities due to a rise in COVID cases

FRIDAY, January 7

• Massachusetts reports 26,187 new COVID cases, positivity rate rises over 23%

THURSDAY, January 6

• Massachusetts reports 24,570 new COVID cases, positivity rate rises to 22.43%

51,100 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last two weeks

• Massachusetts lawmaker files bill to make at-home COVID tests exempt from state sales tax

WEDNESDAY, January 5

• Massachusetts reports 27,612 new COVID cases, new single day record

• Massachusetts COVID deaths surpass 20,000

• Fenway Park to reopen as COVID vaccine site Thursday

Boston Mayor urges vaccines, boosters as hospitals deal with COVID surge

• DESE says some KN95 masks given to schools not tested by MIT, as Baker said

• Framingham schools suspend extra-curricular activities for two weeks

• Boston superintendent Brenda Cassellius fills in as teacher amid staffing shortage

COVID sniffing dogs search Norton Middle School for traces of virus

TUESDAY, January 4

• COVID sniffing K-9s begin working in Massachusetts schools

• Massachusetts reports 16,621 new COVID-19 cases, positivity rate now over 20%

• New Bedford High School, Middle School pause sports until Friday

• Weymouth High School closed Wednesday due to staffing shortages

• Boston looking to open “higher-capacity testing site” during case surge

• More than 1,000 Boston teachers, staff out on first day back after winter break

• Massachusetts emergency room doctors, nurses say they’re overwhelmed

• Wellesley schools to resume winter sports after pause due to COVID cases

MONDAY, January 3

• Massachusetts reports 31,184 new COVID cases over 3 days, positivity rate hits new peak

• Gov. Baker and the DESE defend decision to give face masks to Mass. teachers despite study saying they don’t offer much protection

• Hospitals in for “rough” January, says UMass Memorial Health Care president

• FDA allows Pfizer booster shots for kids ages 12-to-15

• 155 Boston school employees out sick following winter break

• Baker: “vast majority” of Massachusetts schools open after winter break, despite COVID concerns

SATURDAY, January 1, 2022

• Massachusetts starts handing out 227,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits for school teachers, staff

• Over 80 flights canceled from Logan Airport, around the country as Omicron causes airline staffing shortages

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