VACCINE INFORMATION: All Massachusetts residents age 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. Visit Mass.Gov/CovidVaccine to book an appointment or call the hotline at 211.

FRIDAY, October 22

• Massachusetts reports 1,343 new COVID cases, 15 additional deaths

• Massachusetts opens vaccine booster sites in Brockton and Danvers

• Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine more than 90% effective in kids

THURSDAY, October 21

• Hopkinton High School first in the state to drop mask mandate

• Massachusetts reports 1,267 new COVID cases, 20 additional deaths

2,154 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Kids COVID vaccines expected to arrive in Massachusetts by Nov. 5

• Moderna, Johnson and Johnson booster doses recommended by CDC panel

• Pfizer says its vaccine booster shot 95.6% effective against COVID-19

WEDNESDAY, October 20

• Massachusetts reports 1,355 new COVID cases, 11 additional deaths

• Moderna, Johnson & Johnson booster shots get FDA approval

• White House details plan to roll out COVID vaccines for kids 5 to 11

TUESDAY, October 19

• Mass. reports 1,888 new COVID cases, 25 additional deaths

• FDA expected to authorize mixing COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, report says

MONDAY, October 18

• Mass. reports 2,815 new COVID cases, 10 additional deaths over three days

• Massachusetts House sets Nov. 1 deadline for lawmakers, staff to show vaccine proof

SUNDAY, October 17

• Massachusetts state workers face a Sunday deadline to prove they are vaccinated or risk losing their jobs

FRIDAY, October 15

• Massachusetts reports 1,512 new COVID cases, 12 additional deaths

• Ashland High School gets state approval to drop mask mandate

• FDA panel approves booster shots of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

THURSDAY, October 14

2,238 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Massachusetts reports 1,560 new COVID cases, 14 additional deaths

• FDA advisory panel endorses lower-dose Moderna booster vaccine shot for some

• Massachusetts ranked second-safest state during COVID pandemic

WEDNESDAY, October 13

NIH study says mixing and matching COVID-19 boosters is safe

• Massachusetts reports 1,471 new COVID cases, 19 additional deaths

• State’s correction officers’ union calls for vaccine mandate pause

• Massachusetts opens COVID booster shot clinics in Springfield, Lowell

TUESDAY, October 12

• Massachusetts reports 1,471 new COVID cases, 19 additional deaths

Boston announces 812 city workers placed on unpaid leave for not complying with vaccine mandate

• Massachusetts reports 4,466 new COVID cases, 36 additional deaths after 4 days

• Massachusetts National Guard activated to help with COVID testing at schools

• Hopkinton High School is first to get state approval to drop mask mandate

SUNDAY, October 10

• Burncoat High School has paused its football season after 10 players tested positive for COVID

FRIDAY, October 8

• Mass. reports 1,583 new COVID cases, 16 additional deaths

THURSDAY, October 7

2,248 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Mass. reports 1,532 new COVID cases, 22 additional deaths

• Starting October 15, COVID vaccination or a negative test will be required at all Agganis Arena events

• Pfizer asks FDA for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11

WEDNESDAY, October 6

• Mass. reports 1,492 new COVID cases, 27 additional deaths

• Cambridge school committee approves COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students

TUESDAY, October 5

• Mass. reports 1,184 new COVID cases, 21 additional deaths

• Study: Pfizer vaccine efficacy against COVID-19 infections dropped over 5 months

Johnson & Johnson asks FDA to authorize COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

MONDAY, October 4

• Mass. reports 3,283 new COVID cases, 12 additional deaths after no reports over the weekend

• Marlboro Hospital increases COVID-19 testing to meet growing demand

• Fauci encourages vaccinated people “to have a good normal Christmas with your family”

FRIDAY, October 1

Mass. reports 1,543 new COVID cases, 20 additional deaths

• Harvard University will require spectators at all indoor campus athletic events to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken from within the last 72 hours. The policy goes into effect on Oct 15.

• Merck says experimental pill Molnupiravir cuts worst effects of COVID-19

THURSDAY, September 30

2,399 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

Mass. reports 1,486 new COVID cases, 27 additional deaths

• MassDOT tells unvaccinated workers to get Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine before deadline or risk suspension, firing

WEDNESDAY, September 29

• Massachusetts reports 1,448 new COVID cases, 23 additional deaths

TUESDAY, September 28

• Total of 36,723 breakthrough COVID cases reported in Massachusetts, just 0.80% of vaccinated people

• Massachusetts reported 1,380 new COVID cases and 22 additional deaths

• Pfizer submits data on COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 to FDA for review

MONDAY, September 27

• Massachusetts reported 4,095 new confirmed COVID cases and 14 more deaths over last 3 days

• Harvard Business School temporarily moves some MBA classes online due to rise in breakthrough infections

• Mass. extends school mask mandate to Nov. 1; Middle and high schools that are 80-percent vaccinated can opt out in October

• Dozens of Mass. State Troopers plan to resign over the state’s COVID vaccine mandate, union says

• 3 Massachusetts counties improve to “substantial” on CDC COVID risk map

• CDC director says trick-or-treating safe for kids this Halloween

SATURDAY, September 25

• COVID vaccine booster clinic held at Boston Teachers Union facility

FRIDAY, September 24

• Mass. reports 1,784 new COVID cases, 13 additional deaths

• CVS, Walgreens say they will have COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for those eligible

• CDC director overrules panel, approves Pfizer COVID booster shots for frontline workers

2,554 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

THURSDAY, September 23

• Mass. reports 1,885 new COVID cases, 23 additional deaths

• CDC recommends Pfizer booster shot for 65 and older, those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions, and anyone over 18 who is immunocompromised

WEDNESDAY, September 22

• Mass. reports 1,821 new COVID cases, 24 additional deaths

• FDA authorizes Pfizer booster shot for adults 65 and older

• Vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required at all TD Garden events

• Masks will be required at the Topsfield Fair while indoors

• Massachusetts State Police union sues to delay vaccine mandate for troopers

• Taunton’s Bristol-Plymouth High School shuts down football teams after COVID spike

TUESDAY, September 21

• Massachusetts reports 1,283 new COVID cases, 25 additional deaths

32,345 breakthrough COVID cases reported in Massachusetts, just 0.71% of vaccinated people

• Johnson & Johnson says its booster shot 94% effective against COVID-19

• COVID vaccine to be required at all 15 Massachusetts community colleges

MONDAY, September 20

• Massachusetts reports 4,364 new COVID cases, 7 additional deaths

• A group of parents from around Massachusetts is calling for remote learning options for some groups of students

• Pfizer said its COVID vaccine works for children who are 5-11 years old

• CDC map shows every Massachusetts county with high COVID transmission

SATURDAY, September 18

• Boch Center becomes first performing arts center in Boston to offer on-site rapid COVID testing

FRIDAY, September 17

• Salem will require negative COVID test for all indoor events this Halloween season

• Massachusetts reports 2,024 new COVID cases, 16 additional deaths

• Study finds Moderna’s vaccine is most effective against COVID hospitalizations

• Worcester’s indoor mask mandate to take effect Monday

• FDA advisers unanimously recommend Pfizer’s booster shots for 65+ only or those at risk for severe COVID

THURSDAY, September 16

State education department says 1,230 students, 190 staff test positive for COVID over three days

• Mass. reports 1,999 new COVID cases, 16 additional deaths

• Baker considers setting up COVID vaccine credential system in Massachusetts

• Salem may require negative COVID test for large indoor Halloween events

• Masks will be required indoors at the Big E after a vote by the West Springfield Board of Health

WEDNESDAY, September 15

• Mass. reports 2,716 new COVID cases, 15 additional deaths

• Raytheon will require all U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Jan. 1.

• Influx of COVID patients, staff shortages create long wait times at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester.

TUESDAY, September 14

• Mass. reports 1,453 new COVID cases, 24 additional deaths

• UMass Memorial hospital in Worcester on “elevated alert” status after surge of new COVID patients

MONDAY, September 13

• Mass. reports 4,752 new COVID cases, 19 additional deaths

• Every Massachusetts county except Nantucket has high COVID transmission, CDC map shows

FRIDAY, September 10

• Pfizer will reportedly soon seek COVID vaccine approval for 5-11 year olds

• Mass. reports 1,726 new COVID cases, 18 additional deaths

• UMass Amherst cancels football tailgate as breakthrough COVID cases increase

THURSDAY, September 9

Moderna working on combination COVID-19 booster and flu shot

• Mass. reports 2,096 new COVID cases, 18 additional deaths

• Remote learning still possible in some cases for students quarantined due to COVID exposure

WEDNESDAY, September 8

• Mass. reports 1,362 new COVID cases, 15 additional deaths

• State’s Public Health Council approves caregiver vaccine mandate expansion

• Boston voters approve vaccine mandates at work, masks in schools, new poll finds

• 23,858 breakthrough COVID cases in Massachusetts, just 0.53% of 4.5 million vaccinated people

• 2 Melrose classes quarantined after 2 positive COVID cases in first week of school

TUESDAY, September 7

• Massachusetts reports 5,484 new confirmed COVID cases, 12 additional deaths

MONDAY, September 6

• Medford announces face masks must be worn by all people ages 5 and older indoors in public spaces effective September 10

• Patriots coach Bill Belichick clarifies that the team is “better off if everyone is vaccinated.”

SUNDAY, September 5

• Dr. Fauci says Moderna’s COVID vaccine booster may not be ready by Sept. 20 rollout

SATURDAY, September 4

• Tom Brady reveals that he tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after the Bucs Super Bowl boat parade

FRIDAY, September 3

• Mass. reports 1,703 new COVID cases, 10 additional deaths

• Broadway in Boston shows to require masks & proof of COVID vaccination

• Fenway Park begins requiring masks for indoors areas at Red Sox games

Red Sox add outfielder Jarren Duran to their COVID Related Injured List

THURSDAY, September 2

• Mass. reports 1,593 new COVID cases, 14 additional deaths

• Fully vaccinated people are less likely to develop long COVID, according to a new study

• The drug Ivermectin is not effective against COVID, despite some doctors touting it as a treatment

WEDNESDAY, September 1

• Mass. reports 1,796 new COVID cases, 11 additional deaths

• Fenway Park adds indoor mask mandate

• Moderna submits COVID booster to FDA

Archdiocese of Boston mandates separation between masked and unmasked

• COVID vaccine mandate expanded to cover assisted living staff, home care workers in Massachusetts

TUESDAY, August 31

• Massachusetts reports 1,557 new COVID cases, 17 additional deaths

• Provincetown has dropped its indoor mask mandate and changed it to an advisory

• Study: Moderna’s COVID vaccine produces twice the antibodies of Pfizer’s

• CDC: COVID vaccine effectiveness against severe disease has not dropped much

• Commissioner given authority to require mask mandate for Massachusetts child care programs

• Coolidge Corner Theatre to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test

MONDAY, August 30

Gov. Baker says about 2,000 schools in Massachusetts will take part in COVID-19 testing

• Massachusetts reports 4,081 new confirmed COVID cases, 10 additional deaths after no reports over the weekend

• Somerville requiring all city workers to get COVID vaccine by November 1

SUNDAY, August 29

• Crowds can still be ‘a risk’ for COVID transmission even outside, Tufts doctor says

• Every county in Massachusetts but one is now at a high risk for COVID-19, according to the CDC

• Gov. Charlie Baker said he does not envision a scenario where students are forced back into remote learning

FRIDAY, August 27

• Judge tosses case over UMass Boston, Lowell vaccine mandates

• Massachusetts reports 1,591 new COVID cases, 6 additional deaths

• All but three counties in Massachusetts have high community COVID transmission, the CDC says

• Boston’s indoor mask mandate takes effect Friday morning

• Eagles concert on Friday at TD Garden marks first big event after mask mandate

THURSDAY, August 26

• Mass. reports 1,793 new COVID cases, 13 additional deaths

• Methuen’s mayor has a breakthrough case of COVID

• Leominster resident, Conway student are fifth and final VaxMillions winners

• The MBTA announces it will offer free masks at several of its locations after Labor Day and an extension of their 5-Day Flex Pass

• West Springfield officials are considering a mask mandate at the Big E

WEDNESDAY, August 25

• Three Mass. State Police employees test positive for COVID at Troop A barracks in Danvers

• Mass. reports 1,400 new COVID cases, 3 additional deaths

• Moderna submits application for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine

• A statewide mask mandate for Massachusetts schools officially goes into effect

• One Massachusetts resident failed to claim their VaxMillions prize before the 24-hour deadline passed

TUESDAY, August 24

Mass. reports 1,290 new COVID cases, 16 additional deaths

• CVS will require some employees to get the COVID vaccine

• Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley was granted the authority at a Tuesday meeting to put a universal school mask mandate in place

MONDAY, August 23

• Massachusetts reports 3,335 new COVID cases, 4 additional deaths over 3 days

• The FDA has fully approved Pfizer’s COVID vaccine

SUNDAY, August 22

• The Town of Nantucket’s COVID vaccine clinic at 1st Way School will be closed Sunday due to Tropical Storm Henri

SATURDAY, August 21

• The FDA may give Pfizer COVID vaccine full approval at some point next week, according to multiple reports

FRIDAY, August 20

• Mass. reports 1,459 new COVID cases, 6 additional deaths

• Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced an indoor mask mandate for the city of Boston

THURSDAY, August 19

• Mass. reports 1,373 new COVID cases, 4 additional deaths

• Baker orders COVID vaccine requirement for all executive department workers

• 81% support school mask mandate in Massachusetts, poll finds

• Lowell teacher, Rockland student are fourth VaxMillions winners as deadline nears for final giveaway

• Indoor masks now required in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury

WEDNESDAY, August 18

• Boch Center to require all patrons be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative Covid test beginning September 14th

• Salem State University will host vaccine lottery

• Mass. reports 1,452 new COVID cases, 11 deaths

• Baker considering vaccine mandate for state workers

• COVID vaccine booster shots rollout to begin September 20, starting with those vaccinated first

• Garth Brooks cancels Gillette Stadium concert due to COVID

TUESDAY, August 17

• Massachusetts reports 1,254 new confirmed COVID cases and 6 more deaths

• Massachusetts reports a total of 12,641 breakthrough cases in vaccinated individuals (about .29%) and a total of 124 deaths (about .003%)

• Massachusetts Teachers Association wants vaccine requirement for eligible students and school employees

• Health and Human Services Secretary says in Lawrence that federal government is looking at vaccine booster shots

MONDAY, August 16

• U.S. experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans

• Massachusetts reports 2,996 new COVID cases, six additional deaths over three days

• Gov. Baker not changing mask guidance because Mass. in “dramatically different place” than other states

• Only one more chance to sign up for final VaxMillions giveaway

SUNDAY, August 15

• 8 of 14 counties in Massachusetts now at high risk for COVID-19 transmission, CDC says

SATURDAY, August 14

• Nantucket’s seven-day positivity rate is 11.32%, more than four times the state average

• Bristol and Plymouth counties, along with the Cape and Islands, experience rises in COVID cases

FRIDAY, August 13

• Massachusetts reports 1,182 new confirmed COVID cases and 11 additional deaths

Every Mass. county now at high or substantial risk for COVID-19 transmission, CDC says

• Medford Public Schools will require masks for all students and staff this fall

THURSDAY, August 12

• Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine protects against Delta variant, study finds

• Massachusetts reports 1,228 new confirmed COVID cases and 10 additional deaths

• Gov. Charlie Baker does not believe a statewide mask mandate for schools is necessary at this time

• Boston’s Children’s Museum and Museum of Science will require employees to get COVID vaccine

• Wellfleet issues mask mandate for indoor businesses, outdoors if social distancing is not possible

• Third COVID vaccine booster shot for immunocompromised people approved by FDA

• Moderna doubles number of children under 12 participating in COVID vaccine trial

• Southbridge requiring all students, staff to wear masks indoors at schools this fall

WEDNESDAY, August 11

• Worcester School Committee votes to require all students, staff wear masks, even those fully vaccinated

• Massachusetts reports 1,368 new confirmed COVID cases and eight additional deaths

• Waltham discusses possible mask mandate

• State Street is now requiring all U.S. employees to get COVID vaccine by September 13; TJX requires vaccines by November 1

• UMass Medical School requiring faculty, staff to get COVID vaccine by September 7

TUESDAY, August 10

• 9,969 breakthrough COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, that’s just 0.23% of vaccinated people

• Salem Board of Health votes unanimously to start indoor mask mandate August 23 until November 13

• Massachusetts reports 1,109 new COVID cases, 13 additional deaths

• CDC ranks 6 Massachusetts counties at high risk for COVID transmission

MONDAY, August 9

• Salem approves school mask requirement, considers citywide indoor mandate

• 100 breakthrough COVID cases in Massachusetts have ended in death

• Massachusetts reports 2,587 new COVID cases, 3 additional deaths over 3 days

• Falmouth Road Race runners “required” to wear masks at start and finish lines

• An indoor mask mandate is now in effect in Belmont

• Arlington strongly advises masks indoors in town

• Only 2 more chances left to enter the VaxMillions lottery

SUNDAY, August 8

• Chatham summer recreation program canceled after multiple COVID cases at community center

• Counting Crows cancels Boston show after member of touring party tests positive for COVID

SATURDAY, August 7

• Club Café in Boston will require patrons to show their COVID vaccination card before entering

• Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire are implementing new mask requirements

FRIDAY, August 6

• Massachusetts reports 1,111 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths

• According to the CDC, six Massachusetts counties are now considered high risk for COVID transmission

• CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and the Secretary of Education Miguel Carbona were in Boston discussing how to reopen schools safely

• Massachusetts Senate President asks Gov. Baker to require masks in schools

• Belmont issues indoor mask mandate starting Monday, August 9

THURSDAY, August 5

• Massachusetts reports 1,046 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths

• The number of people taking a COVID test has doubled in recent weeks

• Eight Massachusetts fire departments have had firefighters with breakthrough COVID cases

• The New England Aquarium will begin requiring masks as of Saturday

• The Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the ICA are bringing back mask requirements Saturday

• Nantucket issues indoor mask mandate after emergency meeting

• Billerica woman, Blue Hills Regional Technical School student are second VaxMillions winners

• Moderna says third COVID vaccine booster shot “likely to be necessary” this fall due to Delta variant

• Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 93% effective 6 months after second dose

WEDNESDAY, August 4

• Massachusetts reports 962 new COVID-19 cases, 5 additional deaths

• COVID vaccine mandate ordered for all nursing home workers in Massachusetts

• UMass Memorial health care system making COVID vaccination for workers mandatory this fall

Delta variant could drive the herd immunity threshold to around 80 percent

• Burlington schools will require masks this school year, regardless of vaccination status

• McDonald’s requiring masks again at most restaurants, regardless of vaccination status

TUESDAY, August 3

• CDC: 12 of 14 Massachusetts counties now high or substantial risk for COVID transmission

• Massachusetts reports 883 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths

• Boston not following New York’s lead in requiring COVID vaccine proof for indoor activities

• Microsoft will require workers to get COVID vaccine

MONDAY, August 2

• Massachusetts companies announcing vaccination requirements for employees

• Worcester is weighing whether or not to bring back an indoor mask mandate

• A Massachusetts state senator is proposing a universal mask mandate in schools

• Massachusetts reports 2,054 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths over 3 days

• Target will once again require some employees to wear face masks in stores

• Northeastern requiring all faculty, staff to be vaccinated for fall semester

• CDC: 9 Massachusetts counties now high or substantial risk for COVID transmission

SUNDAY, August 1

• OB-GYN associations recommend all pregnant women get vaccinated against COVID-19

SATURDAY, July 31

• Logan Airport travelers cautious about catching COVID Delta variant on summer trips

FRIDAY, July 30

• Massachusetts reports 844 new COVID-19 cases, 3 additional deaths

• CDC says “pivotal discovery” in Provincetown COVID cluster led to mask guidance change for fully vaccinated people

• Massachusetts now recommending some fully vaccinated people wear face masks indoors

• DESE “strongly recommends” masks for K-6 students, not required for vaccinated

• CDC document warns COVID Delta variant just as contagious as chickenpox

• Somerville now strongly recommending everyone wear masks in indoor public places

THURSDAY, July 29

• Of those fully-vaccinated in Massachusetts .15% (6,373) have had a breakthrough case of COVID and .009 percent (361) have been hospitalized

• Massachusetts reports 742 new COVID-19 cases, 8 additional deaths

• Darrell Washington of Weymouth, Daniela Maldonado of Chelsea are first VaxMillions winners

• Janey calls for masks in Boston schools this fall, no vaccine mandate for city workers yet

• Provincetown COVID cluster now up to 882 cases, 7 of them in hospital, no deaths

WEDNESDAY, July 28

• Massachusetts reports 598 new COVID cases, 6 additional deaths

• Gov. Baker still reviewing new CDC face mask guidance before making any decisions for Massachusetts

• Provincetown COVID cluster now up to 833 cases, 7 of them in hospital, no deaths

• Pfizer data suggests third dose of COVID-19 vaccine “strongly” boosts protection against Delta variant

TUESDAY, July 27

• Massachusetts reports 657 new COVID-19 cases, 12 additional deaths

• 765 confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with Provincetown cluster; 3 hospitalizations, no deaths

• CDC recommends masks for fully vaccinated people again in some indoor settings, including regions where there is a high rate of transmission

• CDC recommends masks in schools for all, even those vaccinated

• Moderna and Pfizer to expand COVID vaccine trials for young children

MONDAY, July 26

• Indoor mask mandate begins in Provincetown

• Massachusetts reports 1,243 new COVID cases, 7 additional deaths since Friday

• First of 5 VaxMillions drawings start Monday, winners announced Thursday

SUNDAY, July 25

• Provincetown votes to reinstate indoor mask requirement

Pop-up vaccine clinic held in Mattapan, where vaccination rates lower than surrounding neighborhoods

SATURDAY, July 24

• Provincetown COVID cluster increases to 430

FRIDAY, July 23

• Delta variant detected in Provincetown COVID-19 cluster

• Massachusetts reports 586 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

• Boston Public Schools expects students, staff will be required to wear masks in fall

• Jacques Cabaret bar in Boston will require patrons to show vaccine cards or wear a mask due to the Delta variant

THURSDAY, July 22

• Massachusetts reports 477 new COVID cases, 6 additional deaths

• Baker not looking to bring back COVID restrictions in Massachusetts despite rise in cases

• Last day to register for all 5 Massachusetts VaxMillions drawings is Thursday

WEDNESDAY, July 21

• Massachusetts reports 457 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths

• Provincetown COVID cluster increases to 256

• Massachusetts reports 5,166 breakthrough COVID-19 cases, 80 deaths through July 17

TUESDAY, July 20

• Massachusetts reports 366 new COVID-19 cases, six additional deaths

• 33 test positive for COVID-19 at West Yarmouth senior living home

MONDAY, July 19

• Massachusetts reports 717 new COVID cases, four additional deaths over three days

• Boston University will require COVID vaccines for staff and faculty this fall

• American Academy of Pediatrics recommends masks for everyone in schools this fall

• Massachusetts sees increase in COVID cases

• Provincetown recommends face masks indoors after 132 COVID cases linked to cluster

SUNDAY, July 18

• Hundreds line up at vaccine clinics in Everett with COVID cases rise across the state

SATURDAY, July 17

• City of Quincy unveils street corner dedicated to Marine Sergeant Daniel Dewey, one of the state’s 1st COVID Victims

FRIDAY, July 16

• Mass. reports 269 new COVID-19 cases, 3 additional deaths

CDC warns COVID-19 vaccines might not protect people who are immunocompromised

THURSDAY, July 15

• Mass. reports 236 new COVID cases, 4 additional deaths

WEDNESDAY, July 14

• Mass. reports 208 new COVID cases, 1 additional death

• Northeastern University will require weekly COVID testing for the fall semester

TUESDAY, July 13

• Provincetown announces expanded COVID-19 testing after breakthrough cases

• Massachusetts reports 191 new COVID cases, no additional deaths

MONDAY, July 12

• Massachusetts reports 322 new COVID cases, one additional death over three days

• The FDA and CDC are looking into a slight risk of nerve complications from the J&J vaccine

• Provincetown is monitoring some breakthrough COVID infections in fully vaccinated people

FRIDAY, July 9

• Massachusetts reports zero new COVID deaths, 169 cases

• Vaccinated students, teachers don’t need masks in school, CDC says

THURSDAY, July 8

• Massachusetts reports 99 new COVID cases, 3 additional deaths

• Pfizer asks FDA for emergency use authorization for third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine

WEDNESDAY, July 7

• Massachusetts reports 61 new COVID cases, 3 additional deaths

• State Treasurer says fewer than half of eligible people are registered for ‘VaxMillions’ vaccine lottery

TUESDAY, July 6

• Massachusetts reports 269 new COVID cases, 6 additional deaths after not releasing any COVID numbers since July 2, due to the holiday

SATURDAY, July 3

• Weekend service returns for all MBTA commuter rail lines after they were cut back on most lines in January amid low pandemic ridership levels

FRIDAY, July 2

• Massachusetts reports 79 new COVID cases, 1 additional death

• 700,000+ sign up on first day of Massachusetts’‘VaxMillions’ registration

THURSDAY, July 1

• Massachusetts reports 76 new COVID cases, 3 additional deaths

• Massachusetts ‘VaxMillions’ vaccination lottery registration now open

WEDNESDAY, June 30

• Massachusetts reports 93 new COVID cases, 1 additional death

TUESDAY, June 29

VaxMillions announces how to register for shot at $1 million beginning Thursday

• Massachusetts reports 63 new COVID cases, 1 additional death

• Moderna says its COVID vaccine protects against emerging strains, including Delta variant

MONDAY, June 28

• Massachusetts reports 41 new COVID cases, two additional deaths

SUNDAY, June 27

• Massachusetts reports 31 new COVID cases, one additional death

SATURDAY, June 26

• Massachusetts reports 56 new COVID cases, two additional deaths

• The Wellfleet Oysterfest says it is canceling its event for a second year in a row due to COVID

• Two buses, dubbed the Vax Bus, will start driving across the state to administer vaccines

FRIDAY, June 25

• Massachusetts reports 60 new COVID cases, one additional death

• Schedule released for VaxMillions lottery drawings

• Revere launches its own vaccine lottery, giving away $50,000 in scholarships

THURSDAY, June 24

• Massachusetts reports 78 new COVID cases, four additional deaths

• Boston hospital networks announce COVID vaccine requirements for employees

WEDNESDAY, June 23

• Massachusetts reports 68 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths; Hospitalizations drop below 100

• Boston Public Schools superintendent going door-to-door to reach students who dropped out during the pandemic

TUESDAY, June 22

• Experts warn Delta variant could make unvaccinated communities ‘look like last winter’

• Hynes Convention Center closes as mass vaccination site

• Massachusetts reports 33 new COVID cases, one additional death

• Massachusetts reaches Gov. Baker’s goal of 4.1 million fully vaccinated

MONDAY, June 21

• Massachusetts reports 48 new COVID cases, five additional deaths

Traffic is back to pre-pandemic levels on most Massachusetts roads, the highway administrator says

• The Boston Children’s Museum is hosting a vaccine clinic for everyone 12 and older on June 29

• Massachusetts is closing in on its goal of vaccinating 4.1 million people

SUNDAY, June 20

• Massachusetts reports 41 new COVID cases, five additional deaths

SATURDAY, June 19

• Massachusetts reports 91 new COVID cases, six additional deaths

FRIDAY, June 18

• Massachusetts reports 71 new COVID cases, three additional deaths

• Boston’s Symphony Hall reopens to audiences on September 30

58 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week as school year winds down

THURSDAY, June 17

• For third straight week, no cities or towns in Massachusetts considered high-risk for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 82 new COVID cases, three additional deaths

Pills to minimize COVID-19 after infection could be available by end of the year

WEDNESDAY, June 16

• Massachusetts reports 56 new COVID cases, four additional deaths

• U.S. buys 200 million more doses of Moderna vaccine

• Some COVID policies to be extended, including to-go cocktails and outdoor dining, in bill signed by Gov. Charlie Baker

• The “Vax Express” Commuter Rail train is bringing shots to communities with low vaccination rates

TUESDAY, June 15

• Massachusetts reports 55 new COVID cases, two additional deaths

• Massachusetts launches Vaxmillions vaccine lottery. Those 18 and older can win a $1 million prize. Those between 12-and-17 can win a $300,000 scholarship grant.

• Massachusetts tops more than 4 million fully vaccinated residents

• COVID likely circulated in December 2019 in Massachusetts, NIH researchers find

• Commuter rail bringing back weekend service to all lines

• The Big E will return this fall with “big is back” theme

• COVID state of emergency ends in Massachusetts

MONDAY, June 14

• Massachusetts reports 44 new COVID cases, 8 additional deaths

• Gillette Stadium mass COVID vaccination site closing Monday

SUNDAY, June 13

• Massachusetts reports 33 new COVID cases, zero additional deaths

SATURDAY, June 12

• Massachusetts reports 113 new COVID cases, 2 additional deaths

FRIDAY, June 11

• Massachusetts reports 121 new COVID cases, 8 additional deaths

103 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

THURSDAY, June 10

• Massachusetts reports 85 new COVID cases, 7 additional deaths

• Moderna files for emergency use authorization of its COVID vaccine in teens

WEDNESDAY, June 9

• Massachusetts reports 116 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

JFK Library reopening to the public on weekends, free admission for July and August

• Boston Archdiocese reinstating Sunday Mass obligation, starting Father’s Day weekend

• Six Flags New England offers 2 free tickets to anyone who gets Johnson & Johnson vaccine June 19

TUESDAY, June 8

• Massachusetts reports 100 new COVID cases, two additional deaths

• Moderna CEO says kids as young as 5 could get COVID vaccine by early fall

MONDAY, June 7

• Massachusetts health officials report 89 new COVID cases, 4 additional deaths

• Barnstable is short 21 lifeguards heading into the summer, as COVID complicated training

SUNDAY, June 6

• Massachusetts health officials report 126 new COVID cases, 4 additional deaths

SATURDAY, June 5

• Massachusetts health officials report 216 new COVID cases, 4 additional deaths

• More than 8 million COVID vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts

FRIDAY, June 4

• Massachusetts health officials report 177 new COVID cases, 10 additional deaths

• CDC urges parents to vaccinate teens after COVID hospitalizations rise

130 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

THURSDAY, June 3

• Zero Massachusetts towns considered high-risk for COVID-19

• All 7 mass COVID vaccination sites in Massachusetts to close by mid-July

• Massachusetts health officials report 241 new COVID cases, 7 additional deaths

WEDNESDAY, June 2

• Masks no longer required for fully vaccinated fans at TD Garden

• Massachusetts health officials report 100 new COVID cases, 3 additional deaths

• Select Market Basket stores offering $25 gift cards with COVID vaccines

• Researchers looking for volunteers to see if it’s safe to mix COVID vaccines

TUESDAY, June 1

• Massachusetts reports 179 new COVID cases, 12 additional deaths after no report on Memorial Day

• WooSox offer free tickets to fans who get COVID vaccine at Polar Park

• Moderna seeks full FDA approval for its COVID-19 vaccine

MONDAY, May 31

• Equal Opportunity Employment Commission says employers can offer incentives to employees to get vaccinated

SUNDAY, May 30

• Massachusetts reports 146 new COVID cases, 4 additional deaths

SATURDAY, May 29

• Massachusetts reports 203 new COVID cases, 9 additional deaths

• The mask mandate is lifted in Massachusetts

• All reopening COVID restrictions are lifted in Massachusetts

FRIDAY, May 28

• Massachusetts reports 253 new COVID cases, four additional deaths

• Gov. Baker rescinds COVID-19 orders, lifting all restrictions starting Saturday

• Baker says COVID “pretty much over” in Massachusetts, with an “asterisk”

• Massachusetts reports over 3,300 “breakthrough” COVID cases

• CDC Director to throw out first pitch at Fenway Park Saturday

• Amusement parks fully reopening this weekend

• Roche Bros supermarkets dropping face mask requirement for shoppers

• Full-time in-person learning required for all Massachusetts schools this fall

250 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• State Sen. Julian Cyr recommends visitors to the Cape bring proof of vaccination.

THURSDAY, May 27

• Tisbury is the only town in Massachusetts considered high-risk for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reported 215 new COVID cases and nine additional deaths

• CVS to give out weekly prizes to encourage more COVID vaccinations

WEDNESDAY, May 26

• Over 50% of Massachusetts population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 382 new COVID cases and 7 more deaths

• Massachusetts casinos will be allowed to fully reopen this weekend

• Woburn to hold vaccine clinics at high school, middle schools this week

TUESDAY, May 25

• Massachusetts reports 195 new COVID cases, 10 additional deaths

• Baker files bill to extend outdoor dining permits, other emergency orders

• Moderna says COVID vaccine 100-percent effective in kids 12-to-17, will apply for FDA emergency use

• Dozens of parents demand masks not be required in schools

• Free Dunkin’ iced coffee, Museum of Science passes are new vaccine incentives

• Lord Hobo Brewing Co. held a COVID vaccine clinic where they gave out free beers

Falmouth Road Race to return August 15 with 8,000 runners

MONDAY, May 24

• Massachusetts reports 188 new COVID cases, 2 additional deaths

• Watertown schools keeping outdoor mask mandate for students, teachers

SUNDAY, May 23

• Massachusetts reports 287 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

• Close to 50% of people in Massachusetts are now fully vaccinated

SATURDAY, May 22

• Massachusetts reports 405 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

FRIDAY, May 21

• Massachusetts reports 400 new COVID cases, 11 additional deaths

• The Simon Property Group, which owns 13 shopping centers in Massachusetts, is dropping mask requirements

• State’s vaccine preregistration system shutting down May 31

407 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

THURSDAY, May 20

• Only Lawrence and New Bedford considered high-risk for COVID-19 in Mass.

• Massachusetts reports 538 new COVID cases, 9 additional deaths

• Cape Cod officials are urging visitors to bring masks when they come this summer

• Boston Archdiocese says fully vaccinated people won’t need to wear face masks or social distance in parishes after May 29

• Massachusetts is bringing back work search requirements for unemployment claims

WEDNESDAY, May 19

• Massachusetts reports 425 new COVID cases, 14 additional deaths

• Stop & Shop won’t require face masks for fully vaccinated shoppers after May 29

TUESDAY, May 18

• Massachusetts reports 359 new COVID cases, 6 additional deaths

• MIAA adopts state’s guidance for masks for outdoor sports, but final decision stays with towns

MONDAY, May 17

• Mass. reports 281 new COVID cases, 19 additional deaths.

• Red Sox, Bruins can host games at full capacity beginning May 29

• Boston will align with Massachusetts reopening guidelines, drop restrictions on May 29

• Massachusetts to end all remaining COVID restrictions on Saturday, May 29

Mask order will also be rescinded on May 29

• Masks no longer required for outdoor school activities like recess, starting Tuesday, May 18

• All youth, amateur sports restrictions end May 29

• State of Emergency ends on June 15

• Mass. on track to meet the goal of 4.1 million fully vaccinated by first week of June

SUNDAY, May 16

• Massachusetts reports 494 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

SATURDAY, May 15

• Massachusetts reports 657 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

FRIDAY, May 14

• Massachusetts reports 337 new COVID cases, 18 additional deaths

620 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• More than 7 million COVID vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts

THURSDAY, May 13

• 6 Massachusetts communities considered high-risk for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 616 new COVID cases, 9 additional deaths

• CDC eases indoor mask guidance for fully vaccinated people

• Gov. Baker says current mask order remains in place in Massachusetts

• Anyone age 12 and up now eligible for COVID vaccines in Massachusetts

WEDNESDAY. May 12

• Massachusetts reports 626 new COVID cases, 13 additional deaths

• CVS will begin offering vaccine appointments to children 12-15 on May 13

• State denies Brockton High School’s request to remain in hybrid mode

• Federal health advisers have endorsed use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in kids as young as 12

• Massachusetts to launch employer vaccination program

• Moderna CEO expects FDA approval “weeks away” for its COVID vaccine for kids 12-to-17

• Gov. Baker says there will be no statewide vaccine requirement for students

• Needham schools will “absolutely require” COVID vaccinations, once FDA fully approves them

TUESDAY, May 11

• Boston Children’s Hospital begins vaccinating children ages 12 to 15

• Massachusetts reports zero new deaths, 472 additional COVID cases

• Massachusetts surpassed 3 million people who are fully vaccinated

• Boston may move up reopening timeline, based on improved COVID cases

• COVID cases in Boston dropped 38% in last 2 weeks, acting Mayor Janey says

• Boston COVID hospitalizations at lowest numbers since start of pandemic, mayor says

• Uber, Lyft to give free rides to vaccination sites

• Baker, governors meet with President Biden on vaccination progress

MONDAY, May 10

• Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to children 12-15, can pre-register for appointment in Massachusetts

• Mass. reports 446 new COVID cases, 14 additional deaths

• Reopening expands with more fans at stadiums, return of amusement parks, road races

• Mass vaccination sites now accepting walk-ins, no appointments needed

SUNDAY, May 9

• Mass. reports 655 new COVID cases, 6 additional deaths

SATURDAY, May 8

• Mass. reports 795 new COVID cases, 8 additional deaths

• A COVID vaccination clinic opened at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westboro for local high school students

FRIDAY, May 7

• Mass. reports 881 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

• Grocery and retail stores no longer required to offer senior hours starting Monday, May 10

• Pfizer seeks full FDA approval for its COVID-19 vaccine

669 at Massachusetts schools test positive For COVID-19 in last week

THURSDAY, May 6

Number of Mass. communities at high risk for COVID drops to 13

• Mass. reports 1,004 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

• Moderna says its COVID vaccine is 96% effective protecting kids ages 12 to 17

WEDNESDAY, May 5

• Mass. reports 888 new COVID cases, 13 additional deaths

• Harvard University will require students to get the COVID vaccine before returning to campus this fall

• 6 mass vaccination sites to start offering walk-up vaccines, no appointments needed, starting Monday, May 10

• CVS now accepting walk-ins with no appointments needed for COVID vaccinations

• Brookline will lift its controversial outdoor mask mandate May 21

• Outdoor masking policy is staying in place in Chatham

• Pfizer to seek emergency use authorization for its COVID vaccine for children ages 2 to 11 in September

TUESDAY, May 4

• Massachusetts reports 718 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

• Walmart offers walk-in COVID vaccine appointments at 48 of its Massachusetts pharmacies

• Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 expected to get FDA approval by next week

MONDAY, May 3

• Massachusetts reports 481 new COVID cases, 18 additional deaths

• Massachusetts to close 4 of 7 mass vaccination sites by end of June

• Gov. Baker says state should reach 4.1 million fully vaccinated goal by early June

• Baker against mandating COVID vaccines for state employees

• Vaccine clinic for high school students to be held Saturday in Westboro

SUNDAY, May 2

• Massachusetts reports 786 new COVID cases, four additional deaths

• Boston University will offer a vaccine clinic for students starting on Monday

SATURDAY, May 1

• Mass. reports 1,115 new COVID cases, 7 additional deaths

FRIDAY, April 30

• Mass. reports 1,179 new COVID cases, 16 additional deaths

• Massachusetts to spend $70 million on summer school learning programs

Outdoor masks now only required in Massachusetts if you cannot socially distance

812 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last 2 weeks

THURSDAY, April 29

Number of Mass. communities at high risk for COVID drops to 26

• Mass. reports 1,260 new COVID cases, 16 additional deaths

• Massachusetts could fully reopen before August 1 if people “do the right things,” Baker says

• Moderna boosting COVID vaccine supply, says shelf life now longer

WEDNESDAY, April 28

• New Bedford Police Sgt. Mike Cassidy dies of COVID-19

• Mass. reports 1,392 new COVID cases, 12 additional deaths

• Some smaller vaccine clinics have plenty of doses available now

• High schools return to in-person learning gives seniors “some sense of closure

• UMass Lowell to require students be vaccinated for fall semester

TUESDAY, April 27

• Massachusetts reports 825 new COVID cases, 4 more deaths

• Acting Mayor Kim Janey says Boston will move slower with its reopening plan and push back most reopening milestones by 3 weeks

• Real ID deadline for air travel pushed back to 2023 due to the pandemic

• Outdoor mask mandate to be eased Friday, April 30

• Amusement parks, outdoor water parks can reopen and road races can return Monday, May 10

• Fenway Park, TD Garden, Gillette Stadium can increase capacity May 10

• Bars, wineries, breweries can reopen without food and street festivals and parades can return Saturday, May 29

• All business can fully reopen Sunday, August 1 without restrictions

• Mass. high schools must have students back in full in-person learning by May 17

• Encore casino COVID vaccination site opens Tuesday

MONDAY, April 26

• Massachusetts reports 812 new COVID cases, 12 more deaths

• Nine Mass. state universities will require COVID vaccines for students this fall

• CDC to reportedly relax outdoor mask guidance Tuesday

• CDC updated summer camp guidance emphasizes vaccines, masks and distance

• CDC says 8% of Americans have missed second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

SUNDAY, April 25

• Massachusetts reports 1,085 new COVID cases, six more deaths

• Abington schools are offering free COVID tests for students and staff following April vacation

SATURDAY, April 24

• Massachusetts reports 1,386 new COVID cases, 12 additional deaths

FRIDAY, April 23

• Boston College will require all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before 2021-22 academic year

• Massachusetts reports 1,452 new COVID cases, 13 additional deaths

• White House COVID adviser praises Massachusetts for high vaccination rate

• U.S. health officials lift an 11-day pause on Johnson & Johnson single shot COVID-19 vaaccine

THURSDAY, April 22

• 48 Massachusetts communities now considered high risk for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 1,431 new COVID cases, 17 additional deaths

• UMass Amherst will require all students on campus to be fully vaccinated for the fall

• 15 community colleges explain why they don’t plan to mandate COVID vaccines this fall

• Moderna, Pfizer COVID vaccines don’t pose serious risk during pregnancy, study says

WEDNESDAY, April 21

• Massachusetts reports 1,370 new COVID cases, 13 additional deaths

• Emerson College will have in-person learning this fall and require all students be vaccinated

Revere aims to have 70% vaccinated by July 4

TUESDAY, April 20

• Massachusetts reports 968 new COVID cases, 3 additional deaths

• States should drop outdoor mask mandates soon, health experts say

MONDAY, April 19

• Massachusetts reports 1,236 new COVID cases, 18 more deaths

• All Massachusetts residents ages 16 and up now eligible for COVID vaccines

• A new COVID vaccination clinic opens at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury

• New Hampshire offers vaccines to everyone 16 and up, regardless of residency

• Decision on ending Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause could come Friday

SUNDAY, April 18

• Massachusetts reports 1,265 new COVID cases, 7 additional deaths

• As Massachusetts vaccine eligibility expands, demand still ahead of supply

• Blue Cross Blue Shield will offer free Bluebikes to anyone scheduled for a vaccine

SATURDAY, April 17

• Two million people are now fully vaccinated in Massachusetts

• Mass. reports 1,694 new COVID cases, 10 additional deaths

FRIDAY, April 16

• Mass. reports 1,962 new COVID cases, 13 additional deaths

• FEMA launches vaccination clinics in Fall River

1,279 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

THURSDAY, April 15

• Number of Mass. communities in high-risk red category drops to 59

• Mass. reports 1,884 new COVID cases, 5 additional deaths

• Swan Boats returning to Boston Public Garden May 8

• Boston Children’s Museum announces it will reopen to the public on May 1

WEDNESDAY, April 14

• Mass. reports 2,004 new COVID cases, 14 additional deaths

Governor says J&J pause will not significantly impact vaccination schedule

• Lasell University will require COVID vaccines for students returning in the fall

• Those eligible for vaccines in Mass. Monday may wait “several weeks” for appointments

• Massachusetts “eagerly awaiting” further guidance on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

• Moderna says its COVID vaccine more than 90% effective 6 months after second dose

TUESDAY, April 13

• Massachusetts reports 1,401 new COVID cases, seven more deaths

• New ArcLight Cinemas at Hub on Causeway will stay closed for good

• FDA, CDC call for pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccines to investigate blood clots

• Massachusetts tells all providers to pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine immediately

• Methuen cancels clinic where 600 Johnson & Johnson vaccines were to be given

MONDAY, April 12

• Massachusetts reports 1,376 new COVID cases, 19 additional deaths

• Massachusetts expected to surpass 2 million fully vaccinated residents this week

• FEMA is now accepting applications for COVID funeral assistance

No school in Hamilton-Wenham after staff gets second vaccine

SUNDAY, April 11

• Massachusetts reported 1,831 new COVID cases, eight more deaths

SATURDAY, April 10

• Massachusetts reports 2,107 new COVID cases, 3 more deaths

• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu got the coronavirus vaccine at the NH Motor Speedway

• This Saturday and Sunday mark the last of four dates Massachusetts designated to educators only at mass COVID vaccination sites

FRIDAY, April 9

Holy Cross suspends sports, in-person classes

• Massachusetts reports 2,184 new COVID cases, 9 additional deaths

• Pfizer requests FDA to approve COVID vaccine for children ages 12 to 15

Boston University will require students to be vaccinated in the fall

• Student COVID cases in Massachusetts schools up slightly as more return to in-person learning

• UMass Amherst expects normal operations to return in the Fall

THURSDAY, April 8

• Number of Mass. communities at high risk for COVID increases to 77

• Massachusetts reports 1,938 new COVID cases, 8 additional deaths

• COVID Vaccine to be offered at Massachusetts Walmart stores

• Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine offers protection for at least 6 months

• Sam Adams offers beer money for those who get COVID vaccine next week

WEDNESDAY, April 7

• FEMA offers funeral reimbursement for those who lost loved ones to COVID

• Emerson College suspends in-person activities due to rise in COVID cases

• Massachusetts reports 2,292 new COVID cases, 21 additional deaths

Boston Marathon organizers add COVID-19 fee, precautions

• Veterans receive COVID-19 vaccines at Massachusetts VA clinics

• Experts urge people to wait their turn for COVID-19 vaccine

• Gov. Baker wants focus on shots in arms, not vaccine passports

TUESDAY, April 6

• Massachusetts reports 1,566 new COVID cases, 12 more deaths

• Ineligible residents line up outside Dorchester clinic hoping to get COVID vaccine

• Candlelight vigil honors 214 Newton residents who have died from COVID-19

• Gov. Baker gets COVID-19 vaccine at Hynes mass vaccination site in Boston

• Northeastern University requires all students to have COVID vaccine by fall semester

• New England VA offering COVID vaccines to all veterans, caregivers and spouses

MONDAY, April 5

Mistake allows dozens of ineligible people to get COVID vaccines in Dorchester

• Massachusetts reports 2,912 new COVID cases, 43 more deaths over 2 days

• COVID vaccine eligibility expands to people age 55+ and those with more medical conditions

• Most elementary schools return to full-time, in-person learning Monday

• No school for Athol-Royalston due to too many teacher sick calls after second vaccine

SUNDAY, April 4

• Sunday’s coronavirus data across Massachusetts will be included in the report for Monday, April 5

SATURDAY, April 3

• Mass. reports 2,263 new COVID cases, 30 additional deaths

FRIDAY, April 2

• Mass. reports 2,160 new COVID cases, 32 additional deaths

• If you’re fully vaccinated, you can travel safely again, CDC says

• Johnson & Johnson to test its COVID-19 vaccine on kids ages 12 to 17

• COVID cases in Mass. schools up for fourth straight week as more students, staff return

• Moderna COVID-19 vaccine vials will now hold 15 doses each, up from 10

THURSDAY, April 1

• Number of Mass. communities at high risk for COVID increases to 55

• Massachusetts surpasses 600,000 COVID cases since the start of the pandemic

• State strongly recommends that schools do not hold proms this spring

• 100,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine still expected in Massachusetts next week

• Gov. Baker urges families to limit Easter and Passover gatherings

• St. Patrick Parish in Stoneham cancels in-person Easter services after COVID outbreak

WEDNESDAY, March 31

• Mass. reports 2,252 new COVID cases, 36 additional deaths

• More than 100,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine coming to Mass. next week, Baker says

• Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine 100% effective in kids ages 12 to 15

TUESDAY, March 30

• Massachusetts reports 1,683 new COVID cases, 18 additional deaths

• Hynes FEMA vaccination site will give 4,000 doses a day starting Wednesday, up to 7,000 doses daily next week

• Boston adding $50 million to Rental Relief Fund to help those at risk of eviction

• Car hits COVID vaccination site in Roxbury, but appointments still on

MONDAY, March 29

• Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health reported 1,464 new confirmed COVID cases and 15 more deaths

• Moderna, Pfizer COVID vaccines 90% effective in real world study

• PAX East cancels 2021 convention in Boston

• Becker College in Worcester closing permanently

• Boston to give hardest hit workers free $60 Charlie Cards, Blue Bike passes

• Moderna ships 100 millionth dose of its COVID-19 vaccine to U.S. government

SUNDAY, March 28

• Massachusetts reports 1,817 new COVID cases, 29 additional deaths

SATURDAY, March 27

• Massachusetts reports 2,362 new COVID cases, 35 additional deaths

• Saturday was the first day reserved for teachers only at Massachusetts mass vaccination sites

• Red Sox announce reliever Matt Barnes has tested positive for COVID-19

FRIDAY, March 26

• Massachusetts reports 2,301 new COVID cases, 40 additional deaths

• Hynes mass vaccine site expanding to 7,000 doses a day with help from feds

• Acting Boston Mayor <a href=”https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/03/26/watch-live-11-boston-mayor-kim-janey-to-g