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.

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

FRIDAY, December 31

• Cambridge schools closed Monday, January 3 and Tuesday January 4 for staff and student COVID testing.

• Jury trials paused in Massachusetts until January 31 due to COVID

• Massachusetts reports new record of 21,397 COVID cases, positivity rate also reaches new peak

• Rep. Ayanna Pressley tests positive for COVID-19

• State rejects Massachusetts Teachers Association’s call to close schools Monday for COVID-19 testing

THURSDAY, December 30

• State announces test kits for school staff delayed, alternative plan developed

• Mass. reports 21,137 new COVID cases, a new single day record

• FDA expected to allow Pfizer booster shots for kids ages 12-to-15 soon

• Baker on intense demand for COVID-19 tests: “people are going to have to be patient”

• First Night Boston 2022 to have COVID-19 rapid test kits, vaccine and booster shot clinics

• Drivers wait hours in cars for COVID-19 tests in Brockton

• Johnson & Johnson booster protects people from severe illness from Omicron variant, studies say

• Norwood woman’s infection a reminder rapid at-home tests may have reduced sensitivity

• Wellesley schools suspend winter sports due to rise in COVID-19 cases

WEDNESDAY, December 29

• Mass. reports 15,163 new COVID cases, a new single day record

• The state is sending 200,000 rapid tests to schools for teachers and staff ahead of the return from holiday break

• Worcester records more than 2,000 new COVID cases in past week

• Long waits in long lines for COVID-19 tests in Marlboro

TUESDAY, December 28

• Massachusetts surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases with 9,228 new cases reported

• National Guard trains to help hospital staff

• UMass to require COVID-19 booster for students and staff on all five campuses

• Fenway Park COVID-19 booster site opening January 6

• Harvard limiting spectators at sporting events through January 23

MONDAY, December 27

• Massachusetts reports 12,983 new COVID cases over 3 days

More flights canceled in Boston, around the country as Omicron causes airline staffing shortages

• CDC shortens recommended COVID isolation time to five days, down from 10 days

SUNDAY, December 26

• Boston College Football’s Bowl Game, the Military Bowl, is canceled due to COVID issues on the team

• The Fenway Bowl is canceled due to a COVID spike within the University of Virginia football team

SATURDAY, December 25

• Hundreds more flights canceled due to Omicron, including at least 80 at Logan

FRIDAY, December 24

• Mass. reports 10,040 new COVID cases, 32 additional deaths

• Massachusetts State Police Union says its first trooper has been let go for not meeting Gov. Baker’s COVID vaccine mandate

• Logan Airport had at least 35 cancellations and more than 100 delays as COVID hit airline crews

THURSDAY, December 23

• Massachusetts reports 9,042 new COVID-19 cases, another single day record

Over 10,000 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Randolph schools closed due to sharp increase in cases

WEDNESDAY, December 22

• Massachusetts reports 7,817 new COVID-19 cases, most in single day

• Salem Board of Health votes to require proof of vaccination, indoor mask mandate

• Experts warn that flexibility will be key to celebrating holidays

• Local doctors say 10 days of quarantine still necessary

TUESDAY, December 21

• Massachusetts reports 5,531 new COVID cases, 58 additional deaths

• Massachusetts State Universities will require booster shots for students, staff in the spring

• Gov. Baker is activating up to 500 Massachusetts National Guard members to assist in “non-clinical” roles throughout the health care system

• Hospitals are directed to postpone or cancel all nonessential elective procedures likely to result in inpatient admission as of Dec. 27

• New Hampshire and Vermont are among the state receiving paramedics from the federal government to help fight COVID

MONDAY, December 20

Four Patriots placed on Reserve/COVID-19 list

• Massachusetts reports 13,717 new COVID cases over 3 days

• The Department of Health says 97% of Massachusetts breakthrough COVID cases were not hospitalized

• Boston announces B-Together initiative that requires proof of vaccination in certain indoor spaces

• Mayor Wu announces that Boston city workers must have at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by January 15

• Several Boston area communities plan to require proof of vaccination

• Providence announces it will return to an indoor mask mandate on Dec. 21

Moderna says its booster shot increased antibody levels against the Omicron variant

SUNDAY, December 19

• Sen. Elizabeth Warren announces that she has tested positive for COVID

• Boston Mayor Michelle Wu says she will make an announcement Monday regarding the city’s response to COVID with cases rising

SATURDAY, December 18

• NHL announces that all Bruins games are postponed through Dec. 26 due to rise in cases on team

• Two more players added to the Bruins’ COVID-19 protocols list, making it nine players in total

• Harvard University announces it will move to remote learning for the first three weeks in January

• A new mask mandate for Catholic churches in the Boston-area went into effect

FRIDAY, December 17

• Northeastern University bans fans from sporting events due to rise in COVID cases

• Massachusetts reports most COVID cases in a single day since January, most deaths in a single day since March

• NHL postpones Saturday night’s Bruins-Canadiens game due to COVID-19 outbreak

• Lynn to start indoor mask mandate on December 20

THURSDAY, December 16

• I-Team finds 900 Boston city employees were out of compliance with “vaccinate or test” program

• Massachusetts reports 5,883 new COVID cases, 30 additional deaths

8,376 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Beacon Hill panel discusses possible solutions to curb pandemic after “terrifying increase” in COVID cases

• Indoor mask mandate returns in Lowell

WEDNESDAY, December 15

• Public health expert says “we need to update our playbook” for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 5,133 new COVID cases, 27 additional deaths

• Fenway Park booster shot clinic opening in January

• Boston confirms first Omicron COVID variant cases

Murdock High School in Winchendon moves to remote learning through December 23 after 57 students test positive

• Salem Hospital overwhelmed with too many patients, not enough staff

TUESDAY, December 14

• Massachusetts Medical Society calls for mask mandate in all indoor public spaces

• National Guard begins distributing COVID tests in Revere

• Massachusetts reports 4,039 new COVID cases, 61 additional deaths

• Pfizer says COVID pill cuts risk of hospitalization or death by 89% in high-risk patients

• 5 million Massachusetts residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID

MONDAY, December 13

• Massachusetts reports 11,078 new COVID cases, 26 additional deaths over three days

• Massachusetts to distribute 2 million at-home rapid COVID-19 tests starting with 102 hardest hit communities

• Baker has no plans to bring back statewide mask mandate in Massachusetts

• Salem to require masks in city buildings starting Monday

• Getting COVID vaccine in afternoon could produce more antibodies, Harvard study finds

SATURDAY, December 11

• Clinics around Massachusetts were offering booster shots this weekend, including one in Roxbury

FRIDAY, December 10

• Mass. reports 5,007 new COVID cases, 27 additional deaths

7,984 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Boston University will require all students, faculty, and staff to receive booster shots for the spring semester when eligible (starting Feb. 4)

THURSDAY, December 9

• Massachusetts reports 5,472 new COVID-19 cases, 27 additional deaths

• Baker says he’ll consider asking National Guard for help if hospitals are overwhelmed

• Boston Archdiocese mandating masks at churches for Mass around Christmas season

• Northeastern University will require all students, faculty, and staff to receive booster shots for the spring semester when eligible

• Boston opens new vax clinics as booster approved for 16-17-Year-Olds

WEDNESDAY, December 8

Mass. reports 5,403 new COVID cases, 12 additional deaths

Bentley University and Emerson College will require all students, faculty, and staff to receive booster shots for the spring semester when eligible

• Many are opting out of booster shot as Pfizer announces third shot can protect against Omicron

TUESDAY, December 7

Expert says Omicron will displace Delta variant in coming weeks

• 88,968 total breakthrough COVID cases reported in Massachusetts, which is 1.8% of vaccinated people

• Massachusetts reports 3,720 new COVID cases, 51 additional deaths

• TJX will require booster shots for office employees

MONDAY, December 6

• Boston outlines plan to combat COVID surge

• Massachusetts reports 11,199 new COVID cases, 26 new deaths over three days

• Wastewater levels in Massachusetts are showing an increased level of COVID

• Fully vaccinated students and teachers will be able to remove their masks in some Westboro schools

• About 200 UMass Memorial Health employees lost their jobs for failing to get the COVID vaccine

SATURDAY, December 4

• The Omicron variant has been detected in Massachusetts for the first time

FRIDAY, December 3

• Gov. Charlie Baker gets COVID vaccine booster dose in Brockton

• National Guard will help with COVID testing in Lowell schools

• Massachusetts reports 5,179 new COVID-19 cases, and 1,003 hospitalizations (first time over 1,000 since February)

THURSDAY, December 2

• 9,909 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last 2 weeks

• Massachusetts reports 5,170 new COVID-19 cases, 31 additional deaths. Highest single day case count since mid-January

• Biden unveils plan to curb Omicron variant spread with boosters, insurance-covered at-home COVID tests

WEDNESDAY, December 1

• Massachusetts reports 4,838 new COVID cases, 25 additional deaths

• Patriots place Kyle Dugger on Reserve/COVID list after positive test

• UMass Amherst will require students to get COVID-19 booster for spring semester

• Chelsea announces indoor mask mandate will begin Dec. 3

TUESDAY, November 30

Demand skyrocketing for COVID boosters in Mass.

• Mass. reports 2,915 new COVID cases, 31 additional deaths

• 77,647 total breakthrough COVID cases reported in Massachusetts, which is 1.6% of vaccinated people

• FDA health panel endorses Merck COVID-19 pill, paving way for U.S. authorization of the first at-home drug for virus

• A COVID-19 vaccination passport program that would allow residents to quickly demonstrate their vaccine status could be up and running in Massachusetts soon

MONDAY, November 29

Mass. reports 5,497 new COVID cases, 21 additional deaths over three-day period

• CDC strengthens recommendation for COVID booster shots, saying all vaccinated adults should get them

• Harvard’s Broad Institute is testing COVID samples to determine prevalence of the Omicron variant in Massachusetts

• Justice Stephen Breyer rejected a request that the Supreme Court block the vaccine mandate being implemented by Mass General Brigham

FRIDAY, November 26

Mass. reports 5,058 new COVID cases, 24 additional deaths over two-day period

Moderna seeks to develop variant-specific boosters for COVID-19 mutations like Omicron

• “A lot to be learned,” about new COVID variant from South Africa, says Boston infectious disease specialist

WEDNESDAY, November 24

Mass. reports 2,978 new COVID cases, 18 additional deaths

TUESDAY, November 23

Mass. reports 2,616 new COVID cases, 24 additional deaths

• MIAA keeping student athlete mask mandate in place for winter sports

• Massachusetts hospitals with limited capacity ordered to reduce elective procedures

MONDAY, November 22

• Mass. reports 6,801 new COVID cases, 17 additional deaths over three days

• Three Amesbury schools testing students after 18 COVID cases linked to private event

SUNDAY, November 21

• The Curley School in Jamaica Plain will reopen Monday after 10 days of remote learning due to a COVID outbreak

SATURDAY, November 20

• State data shows school-aged kids are outpacing other age groups in COVID cases

• 4-year-old boy was mistakenly given COVID vaccine instead of flu shot at CVS in Fitchburg

• Abington high school football team surprises coach with game ball after he was home with COVID

FRIDAY, November 19

• Massachusetts reports 2,581 new COVID cases, 22 additional deaths

FDA authorizes Moderna, Pfizer COVID vaccine boosters for all adults

THURSDAY, November 18

• Massachusetts reports 3,196 new COVID cases, 8 additional deaths

• Parents, doctors want state’s school “Test and Stay” program improved

3,815 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week

• Berklee College of Music cancels classes Thursday after rise in COVID cases

• COVID booster shots now available for anyone 18 or older in Massachusetts

WEDNESDAY, November 17

• Massachusetts reports 2,650 new COVID cases, 20 additional deaths

• Pfizer COVID booster shot could be available to all adults by end of week

• Quincy kindergarten class quarantined after COVID-19 outbreak

TUESDAY, November 16

• 64,120 total breakthrough cases in Massachusetts, which is 1.3% of those vaccinated

• Massachusetts reports 1,848 new COVID cases, 24 additional deaths

MONDAY, November 15

• Boston Snowbound Festival, scheduled for this weekend at Hynes Convention Center, canceled due to COVID concerns

• Mass. reports 5,248 new COVID cases, 24 additional deaths

SUNDAY, November 14

• PAX East will return to Boston in 2022 with COVID vaccination and mask requirements

• Boston’s Museum of Science hosted a COVID vaccine clinic for kids

SATURDAY, November 13

• Boston superintendent says Jamaica Plain school must stay closed for full 10 days after COVID outbreak

FRIDAY, November 12

• Mass. reports 3,708 new COVID cases, 19 additional deaths over two days

• State allows 4 days of remote learning at Jamaica Plain school closed after COVID outbreak

THURSDAY, November 11

Middleton jail shuts down video visitation due to COVID outbreak

WEDNESDAY, November 10

• Massachusetts reports 1,745 new COVID cases, 20 additional deaths

TUESDAY, November 9

• Curley School in Jamaica Plain closed for in-person learning for 10 days after COVID outbreak

• Mass. reports 1,397 new COVID cases, 24 additional deaths

MONDAY,  November 8

• Mass. reports 4,039 new COVID cases, six additional deaths

• The principal of South Elementary School in Andover said there have been 24 COVID cases over the last week

• Pfizer expected to seek authorization for COVID-19 vaccine booster for people 18 and older

• International travel bans lifted as fully vaccinated non U.S. citizens can enter country

SATURDAY, November 6

• Newly elected Boston City Councilor Kendra Hicks tests positive for COVID

• Temple Beth Shalom in Needham becomes pop-up COVID vaccine site for kids ages 5-11

FRIDAY, November 5

• Mass. reports 1,598 new COVID cases, 18 additional deaths

• Pfizer says its experimental COVID-19 pill reduces risk of hospitalization, death

THURSDAY, November 4

• Massachusetts tops 800,000 confirmed COVID cases since start of the pandemic

3,963 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last two weeks

• 500+ pediatric COVID-19 vaccination sites now available in Massachusetts for kids’ shots

• OSHA COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies with 100+ employees to begin Jan. 4

• Moderna warns COVID-19 vaccine shipments are falling short due to production, shipment issues

WEDNESDAY, November 3

• Mass. reports 1,290 new COVID cases, 15 additional deaths

• Parents struggle to make vaccine appointments for kids

CVS, Walgreens to start providing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 this weekend

TUESDAY, November 2

• Mass. reports 1,066 new COVID cases, 25 additional deaths

• CDC approves COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5-to-11

MONDAY, November 1

• Mass. reports 3,243 new COVID cases, 7 additional deaths

• Vaccinated Hopkinton High School students allowed to drop masks for 3 weeks

• Moderna says FDA delaying decision on its COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12-17

FRIDAY, October 29

• Mass. reports 1,245 new COVID cases, 12 additional deaths

THURSDAY, October 28

• Mass. reports 1,432 new COVID cases, 12 additional deaths

• Some correction officers and state troopers face discipline over vaccine mandate

WEDNESDAY, October 27

• More than 800 Boston city employees on unpaid leave after Phase 2 of vaccine mandate begins

• Mass. reports 1,274 new COVID cases, 14 additional deaths

• Baker open to supporting “premium pay” bonuses of $2,000 for essential workers

TUESDAY, October 26

• Mass. reports 1,115 new COVID cases, 23 additional deaths

• Mask mandate in Massachusetts schools extended into January 2022

• FDA panel votes to back Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-To-11

MONDAY, October 25

• Mass. reports 3,173 new COVID cases, 20 additional deaths over three days

• Bill would give up to $2,000 bonuses to essential employees who worked in-person during pandemic

• Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine for kids 6-to-11 has “strong immune response

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