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, 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 Kim Janey got vaccinated Friday

• COVID cases in Massachusetts schools increase for third straight week

• Franklin High School gets UV disinfectant system to kill COVID in classroom air

THURSDAY, March 25

• Massachusetts reports 2,274 new COVID cases, 39 additional deaths

• Number of Mass. communities at high risk for COVID increases from 20 to 32

• Gov. Baker says Massachusetts seeing more COVID cases for people under 30

• Massachusetts to get 40,000 new doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week

• Baker cites Bloomberg data, saying Mass. is first state to vaccinate 30% of population with first dose

• State launches vaccine program for home-bound, residents can call 833-983-0485.

WEDNESDAY, March 24

• Massachusetts reports 1,865 new COVID cases, 54 additional deaths

• State grants 64 waivers to delay school openings

TD Garden to reopen to fans Thursday

• Barnstable public schools move to remote learning on Thursday, Friday due to spike in COVID cases

• Doctors concerned as COVID cases plateau in Massachusetts

TUESDAY, March 23

• Massachusetts reports 1,476 new COVID cases, 20 additional deaths

• Baker says Massachusetts needs to vaccinate 4.1 million residents to reach herd immunity

• Boston among 74 school districts to request waiver to delay elementary in-person learning

Graduation ceremonies get the green light from the state

• Baker testifies for second time before panel examining state’s vaccine rollout

MONDAY, March 22

• Massachusetts reports 1,103 new COVID cases, 27 additional deaths

•  AstraZeneca could soon be fourth U.S. COVID vaccine based on new research

• What’s open, what’s closed as Massachusetts begins reopening phase 4 Monday

• 850,000 more people now eligible for the COVID vaccine, including those over 60 and more essential workers

• Massachusetts travel order replaced with an advisory

SUNDAY, March 21

• Massachusetts reports 1,678 new COVID cases, 33 additional deaths

SATURDAY, March 20

• Bruins return to Boston, will self-quarantine until Tuesday under NHL COVID protocols

• Massachusetts reports 1,880 new COVID cases, 29 more deaths

FRIDAY, March 19

• Investigator of COVID outbreak at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home testifies before lawmakers

• Twenty-nine organizations ask Governor Baker to delay reopening

• Massachusetts reports 1,887 new COVID cases, 43 more deaths

• Boston Bruins’ next 2 games (Saturday, Tuesday) postponed due to COVID-19 protocols

• More than 1 million Massachusetts residents now fully vaccinated against COVID-19

• Massachusetts now releasing town-by-town COVID vaccination data

• COVID cases in Massachusetts schools rise for second week in a row

• CDC now says 3 feet of distance is safe for kids wearing masks in classrooms

• Massachusetts could reach 4 million COVID vaccinations by July 4, Baker says

THURSDAY, March 18

• There are now 20 communities in Massachusetts considered high risk for coronavirus

• The state reported 1,857 new COVID cases and 27 deaths

• Massachusetts travel order to be replaced with advisory; form no longer required

• Weymouth youth cheer facility COVID cluster includes 37 cases from 14 towns

• New regional COVID vaccination site coming to MetroWest area

• Hynes Convention Center in Boston opens as new mass COVID vaccine site

WEDNESDAY, March 17

• Massachusetts reports 1,640 new COVID cases, 44 new deaths

• COVID vaccine schedule for all Massachusetts residents released, general public starts April 19

• “Encouraging” supply projections from feds helped set new vaccine schedule, Baker says

• Despite COVID, Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipe and Drums played outside in Dorchester to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

TUESDAY, March 16

• Massachusetts reports 1,018 new COVID cases, 16 new deaths

First case of Brazil COVID-19 variant found in Massachusetts

• Moderna starts COVID vaccine study for children under 12

• 8,000 unexpected doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine coming to Massachusetts this week

• Regional COVID vaccine site coming to Attleboro’s La Salette Shrine

MONDAY, March 15

• Mass. reports 1,004 new COVID cases, 28 additional deaths

• The field hospital at Worcester’s DCU Center closed on Monday

• Boston Public Schools students in grades 4 through 8 begin returning to in-person learning

SUNDAY, March 14

• Massachusetts reports 1,508 new COVID case, 30 more deaths

SATURDAY, March 13

• Massachusetts reports 1,548 new COVID cases, 34 additional deaths

FRIDAY, March 12

• Massachusetts reports 1,577 new COVID cases, 29 additional deaths

• Boston’s outdoor dining program to start March 22

• Biden’s May 1 COVID vaccine directive is “absolutely achievable,” Baker says

• Anyone can now preregister for a COVID vaccine appointment in Massachusetts

• 523 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week, up slightly from previous week

THURSDAY, March 11

• Mass. reports 14 towns high-risk for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 1,589 new COVID cases, 42 additional deaths

• 40,000 COVID vaccine appointments booked fast as Mass. teachers become eligible

• CVS adds 34 COVID-19 vaccine sites in Massachusetts, booking starts Saturday

• Teachers now eligible for COVID vaccines, a day before new preregistration system starts

WEDNESDAY, March 10

• Massachusetts reports 1,413 new COVID cases, 53 additional deaths

• Completely vaccinated individuals are now exempt from the Massachusetts travel order

• New preregistration system to make mass vaccination signup easier starts Friday

• 4 days to be teachers only at Massachusetts mass vaccination sites

• Schools have “more than enough time” to prepare for return to in-person learning, Riley says

• Baker gets emotional remembering first anniversary of coronavirus emergency order

• One year ago today, Gov. Baker declared a state of emergency due to COVID

• Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts

• COVID vaccinations at 7 Boston churches start Wednesday

TUESDAY, March 9

• Massachusetts reports 1,006 new COVID cases, 20 more deaths

• Massachusetts sets April deadlines for elementary, middle school students to return to in-person learning full-time

• Northeastern University is planning for a “normal” fall semester

• Gov. Baker returns to work after Florida trip, tests negative for COVID

MONDAY. March 8

• Massachusetts reports 892 new COVID cases, 18 additional deaths

• CVS scheduled vaccine appointments for 25,000 Massachusetts teachers over three days last week

• CDC says fully vaccinated people may meet without masks or social distancing

SUNDAY, March 7

• Massachusetts reports 1,281 new COVID cases, 41 additional deaths

SATURDAY, March 6

• Massachusetts tops 16,000 confirmed COVID deaths

• Massachusetts reports 1,495 new COVID Cases, 52 additional deaths

FRIDAY, March 5

• Massachusetts surpasses 2 million COVID vaccine doses administered

• Massachusetts reports 1,677 new COVID Cases, 25 additional deaths

• MCAS tests for spring postponed for grades 3-8

• Massachusetts now exempt from Maine’s COVID travel restrictions

• Education commissioner to request authority to start winding down remote, hybrid learning

• 476 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week, a drop from previous week

THURSDAY, March 4

• Massachusetts reports 1,410 new COVID Cases, 42 additional deaths

• Number of Mass. communities high risk for COVID-19 drops to 19

• Fenway Park will stop serving as a vaccination site on March 27; operations shifting to Hynes Convention Center

• State says wait for COVID vaccine appointments could take a month for those eligible

• Limited amount of new first dose COVID vaccine appointments go fast

First Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines given at Tufts Medical Center

• UMass Memorial DCU Center COVID field hospital to close

WEDNESDAY, March 3

• Massachusetts reports 1,553 new COVID cases, 66 additional deaths

• Getting a vaccine appointment is still a competitive process, likely to get worse, some say

• MBTA workers express frustration that they haven’t been vaccinated

• Mass COVID vaccination sites will have fewer first dose appointments next week

• Teachers, school staff can sign up for COVID vaccinations in Massachusetts on March 11

• State’s 7 mass vaccination sites to hold educator-only days, details to be released soon

• CVS lists teachers as eligible now for COVID vaccine appointments in Massachusetts

• Massachusetts teachers union president calls it a “joyful day for educators

• Gov. Baker says there are no plans to change state’s mask mandate

• Boston may transition away from Fenway Park as mass COVID vaccination site

TUESDAY, March 2

• Massachusetts reports 980 new COVID cases, 37 more deaths

• President Biden directs states to prioritize vaccinating teachers and school staff

• Online alcohol deliveries jump 300% in Massachusetts during pandemic

• Boston hospitals get first shipment of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines

MONDAY, March 1

• Mass. reports 1,248 new COVID-19 cases, 26 additional deaths

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says there should be no large gatherings on St. Patrick’s Day

• Walsh said outdoor dining to return in Boston April 1, or earlier if weather allows

• Several Mass. lawmakers want teachers to get Johnson & Johnson vaccine first

First shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine likely coming to Massachusetts next week, Baker says

• Massachusetts COVID restrictions loosen Monday, including restaurant capacity

• Thousands of Boston students return to in-person learning this week

SUNDAY, February 28

• Mass. reports 1,428 new COVID-19 cases, 52 additional deaths

SATURDAY, February 27

• Mass. reports 1,516 new COVID-19 cases, 41 additional deaths

• Massachusetts announces that over 500,000 residents have been fully vaccinated

• The FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

• Boston University reports several cases of the UK and South Africa variants on campus

FRIDAY, February 26

• Mass. reports 1,734 new COVID-19 cases, 46 additional deaths

• CDC head says Massachusetts, other states shouldn’t relax restrictions yet

• Pool COVID-19 testing program “a key tool” for schools, Baker says

• Boston to wait until after St. Patrick’s Day to resume live music at restaurants, indoor performances

First anniversary of Boston Biogen conference super spreader event

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

THURSDAY, February 25

28 Mass. communities in high-risk red zone for COVID-19

• Mass. reports 1,928 new COVID-19 cases, 33 additional deaths

• Capacity restrictions to be eased for restaurants, venues and weddings in Massachusetts

• TD Garden, Fenway Park can open at 12-percent capacity for fans starting March 22

• Baker tells oversight panel examining bumpy vaccine rollout supply is biggest issue

Long waits on vaccine website as thousands of new appointments are filled

WEDNESDAY, February 24

• Mass. reports 1,788 new COVID-19 cases, 60 additional deaths

• Moderna sends ‘booster shot’ for South Africa COVID variant into clinical trials

Bedford VA offers COVID vaccine to veterans of all ages

• Baker says state vaccine website will be “significantly better” for new appointments Thursday

• 11 new regional vaccine collaboratives open Monday across Massachusetts

• Johnson & Johnson’s single shot COVID vaccine safe and effective, FDA says

• Dartmouth mass COVID-19 vaccination site opens at old Circuit City

TUESDAY, February 23

• Massachusetts reports 1,114 new COVID cases, 30 more deaths

• Baker says “stay tuned” on possibility fans will soon be allowed back in stadiums

• Mass. aims to take remote, hybrid learning “off the table,” bring students back to classrooms

• Mass. teachers union slams plan to remove remote learning as “waving a magic wand”

MONDAY, February 22

• Massachusetts reports 1,150 new COVID cases, 26 more deaths

• Boston Calling cancels 2021 music festival

• Natick Mall COVID vaccine site opens by appointment only

• UMass Amherst returns to in-person classes after lowering COVID risk

SUNDAY, February 21

• Massachusetts reports 1,136 new COVID cases, 46 additional deaths

SATURDAY, February 20

• Massachusetts reports 1,822 new COVID cases, 53 additional deaths

• Massachusetts announces it has administered more than 1 million people first doses of the COVID vaccine

FRIDAY, February 19

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