VACCINE INFORMATION: Visit Mass.Gov/CovidVaccine to find out when you’re eligible and to book an appointment

TUESDAY, January 26

• Massachusetts reports 2,215 new confirmed COVID cases, 41 additional deaths

• UMass Medical School will test Moderna’s COVID vaccine in teenagers

• Boston Marathon set for Monday, October 11 if road races are allowed then

• Boston allowing gyms, movie theaters, museums, Duck Tours, other businesses to re-open February 1 with capacity limits (See full list here )

• Moderna expects to supply U.S. with 100 million COVID vaccine doses by end of March

• Massachusetts launching free COVID-19 testing for child care providers

• Lowell Public Schools extend remote learning to February 22

• Massachusetts removed from Rhode Island COVID-19 travel advisory list

MONDAY, January 25

• Massachusetts reports 3,477 new confirmed COVID cases, 45 additional deaths

• Needham High School going fully remote this week after apparent in-school transmission

Vaccination Phase 2 begins February 1 with residents over age 75. Those 65 and older will follow.

• Gov. Baker announces 7 mass vaccination sites coming to Massachusetts: Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park, Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Danvers and the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. The other two are still TBA.

• 165 vaccination sites expected to be open in Massachusetts by mid-February

• Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine works on variants, but plans booster for South African strain

• Boston doctor suggests wearing 2 masks as UK COVID variant spreads

• Massachusetts overnight stay-at-home advisory, business curfew lifted Monday

SUNDAY, January 24

• Massachusetts reports 3,750 new confirmed COVID cases, 67 additional deaths

SATURDAY, January 23

• Massachusetts reports 4,330 new COVID cases, 75 additional deaths

FRIDAY, January 22

• Massachusetts reports 4,935 new COVID cases, 80 additional deaths

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gets coronavirus vaccine

• Encore Boston Harbor to open 24 hours a day starting next week

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

THURSDAY, January 21

1,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccine compromised at VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain

• Massachusetts has received 825,650 COVID-19 vaccine doses so far

222 Massachusetts communities considered high risk for COVID

• Mass. reports 4,821 new COVID cases, 75 additional deaths

• Robert Kraft urges other sports venues to become COVID-19 vaccine sites

• Gov. Charlie Baker announces “gradual easing” of coronavirus restrictions that started in November

• New groups of Phase 1 health care workers become eligible for the coronavirus vaccine

WEDNESDAY, January 20

• Mass. reports 3,987 new COVID cases, 78 additional deaths

• Worcester County man is second case of UK COVID-19 variant in Massachusetts

TUESDAY, January 19

• Massachusetts reports 2,567 new COVID cases and 45 more deaths

• CVS, Walgreens to distribute COVID vaccines to eligible residents

• Fenway Park will open as mass vaccination site Feb. 1

• South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled again due to coronavirus

• Massachusetts schools now enforcing new remote and hybrid learning rules

MONDAY, January 18

• Massachusetts reports 3,224 new COVID cases and 52 more deaths

• Vaccinations are rolling out to prisons and other congregate care settings

• Gillette Stadium opens Monday as the state’s first mass vaccination site

SUNDAY, January 17

• First case of COVID-19 variant confirmed in Massachusetts

• Massachusetts reports 4,283 new COVID cases and 67 more deaths

SATURDAY, January 16

• Massachusetts reports 5,657 new COVID cases and 74 more deaths

FRIDAY, January 15

• Massachusetts reports 5,074 new COVID cases, 75 more deaths

• Saugus halts plans to reopen schools

• Mass. drops flu shot requirement, citing focus on administering coronavirus vaccines

• First COVID vaccines given out at Gillette Stadium

THURSDAY, January 14

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

• Galvin proposes COVID vaccines at Massachusetts voting sites in the spring

• Massachusetts reports 5,545 new confirmed COVID cases and 74 more deaths

• Massachusetts has received a total of 347,450 doses of the coronavirus vaccine

• Gov. Baker announces nearly 1,600 small businesses received grants totaling $78.6 million

WEDNESDAY, January 13

• Mass. reports 5,278 new confirmed COVID cases and 86 more deaths

• Massachusetts prisons, group homes, shelters to start COVID-19 vaccinations Monday

TUESDAY, January 12

• Mass. reports 4,906 new COVID cases, 67 additional deaths

• State’s first mass vaccination site opens at Gillette Stadium for first responders Monday

• Moderna using COVID-19 vaccine technology to make flu, HIV shots

• Moderna expects its COVID-19 vaccine protection to last at least a year

MONDAY, January 11

• Massachusetts reports 4,329 new COVID cases, 54 additional deaths

• Boston Public Schools plan to reopen in March with hybrid learning

• COVID-19 vaccinations begin for first responders in Massachusetts

SUNDAY, January 10

• Massachusetts reports 5,396 new COVID cases, 77 more deaths

• Celtics-Heat game postponed due to COVID

• Massachusetts jury trials are scheduled to resume on a limited basis starting Monday

SATURDAY, January 9

• Massachusetts reports 7,110 newly confirmed COVID cases and 90 more deaths

• The Celtics close practice facility after Jayson Tatum reportedly tests positive for COVID-19

FRIDAY, January 8

• Massachusetts reports 7,635 newly confirmed COVID cases, another single-day record for the state, and 74 more deaths

• Massachusetts surpasses 400,000 reported COVID cases

• Gov. Baker says state will make weekly COVID-19 pool testing available to all school districts within the next month

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

THURSDAY, January 7

• Massachusetts reports 7,136 new confirmed COVID cases, a single-day record for the state, and 71 more deaths

219 communities now considered high risk for COVID-19 in Mass.

• Massachusetts has given 139,895 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine doses so far and 1,213 second doses

• Gov. Baker extends capacity and gathering limit restrictions until at least January 24

WEDNESDAY, January 6

• Massachusetts reports 6,419 new COVID Cases, 99 more deaths

• Flu activity currently lower than last 2 seasons in Massachusetts

TUESDAY, January 5

• Massachusetts reports 4,178 new COVID cases and 63 more deaths

• Holy Cross, Boston University basketball teams wear masks during game

• Gov. Baker says early indications show “tick up” in COVID hospitalizations after holidays

• Baker says “people should be perfectly happy” with either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine

• Boston researchers study Vitamin D to see if it reduces risk of hospitalization or death

• FDA commissioner says everyone needs both full doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines

MONDAY, January 4

• Massachusetts reports 4,358 new COVID cases, 60 more deaths

• Police officers, firefighters and EMTs to start getting COVID vaccine on January 11

• Dept. of Public Health introduces new interactive dashboard for COVID-19 data, updated daily at 5 p.m.

• State’s second COVID-19 field hospital opening at UMass Lowell

• FDA to consider giving half doses of Moderna’s vaccine to some

• Salem offers free COVID-19 testing to students, school staff

SUNDAY, January 3

• Massachusetts reports 3,110 new confirmed COVID cases and 105 more deaths

SATURDAY, January 2

• Massachusetts reports 8,542 new confirmed COVID cases and 79 additional deaths over the past two days (12 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1)

• State Representative Dr. Jon Santiago expects a “significant surge” in COVID hospitalizations in January

• At least 44 attendees of Christmas church services at GENESIS Church in Woburn test positive for COVID-19

FRIDAY, January 1

• State will not release new COVID data Friday, due to the holiday. Saturday’s report will include two days of data

• Massachusetts has received 285,050 COVID-19 vaccine doses so far and given 78,643 first doses


190 communities considered high risk for COVID-19 in Mass.

• Massachusetts reports 6,887 new COVID cases, 81 more deaths

• Massachusetts among states testing COVID samples for fast spreading new variant

• Interstate youth hockey ban extended throughout New England, New Jersey

• Massachusetts’ oldest resident, 112-year-old Hazel Plummer, gets COVID vaccine


• Massachusetts reports 6,135 new COVID-19 cases, 118 more deaths

• COVID hospitalizations in Massachusetts up 129% in last month

• Gov. Baker admits vaccine rollout has been “lumpy and bumpy” but said ‘”it’s moving forward”

• Massachusetts has received 86,000 first doses of Pfizer’s vaccine and 146,000 of Moderna’s

• About 75,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given in Massachusetts so far

• Study finds more new moms struggling with depression in pandemic

• Moderna makes coronavirus vaccine available to its employees

TUESDAY, Dec. 29

• Massachusetts reports 3.659 new COVID cases and 58 additional deaths

• Second COVID surge outpacing first at Worcester field hospital

• Boston Archdiocese to ring bells Wednesday for lives lost to COVID-19

• Due to recent surge in cases, B.A.A. can’t set Fall Boston Marathon date until early 2021

• First residents at Holyoke, Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes get COVID vaccine

• Mayor Walsh announces that Boston has surpassed more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths

MONDAY, Dec. 28

• Massachusetts reports 4,060 new COVID cases and 48 additional deaths

Cardinal O’Malley gets COVID vaccine, encourages ‘”all people to be vaccinated”

• Residents, staff in Massachusetts long-term care facilities start getting COVID vaccine

• Long lines at Logan Airport despite warnings to avoid holiday travel

SUNDAY, Dec. 27

• Massachusetts reports 2,973 new confirmed COVID cases and 100 additional deaths

• President Trump signs legislation for $900 billion in coronavirus economic aid and $1.4 trillion in government spending


• Massachusetts reports 7,424 new confirmed COVID cases and 46 additional deaths over the past two days (12 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 25)

• New statewide coronavirus restrictions take effect and will stay in place for at least two weeks

FRIDAY, Dec. 25

• New COVID restrictions affecting indoor capacity and gathering sizes are set to take effect Saturday

• CDC will require UK travelers to get negative coronavirus test before flights


• 189 Massachusetts cities and towns at high-risk for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 5.655 new COVID cases, 76 additional deaths

• A Taunton police officer died of the coronavirus on Christmas Eve

• Harvard study finds pregnant women are unlikely to pass the coronavirus to their newborns

• Massachusetts is launching a new weekly COVID vaccine tracking dashboard


• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 4,509 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 81 more deaths

Gov. Baker announces a $668 million relief plan that aims to help small businesses amid COVID-19

• Massachusetts Democrats in Congress back President Trump’s demand for bigger coronavirus relief stimulus checks

• Worcester City Hall will be closed to the public Thursday, Dec. 24 through Monday, Jan. 11 as a precaution due to rising coronavirus cases

TUESDAY, Dec. 22

• Massachusetts reports 3,923 new COVID case, 43 more deaths

• Massachusetts to reduce capacity limits, gathering sizes the day after Christmas

• The coronavirus stimulus package includes a push to speed up plans for replacing the Cape Cod bridges

• It could take at least two weeks for a stimulus check to hit your bank account

• Massachusetts has seen K-12 public school enrollment fall by 3% during the pandemic

MONDAY, Dec. 21

• Mass. reports 3,760 new coronavirus cases, 41 new deaths

• The first shots of Moderna’s COVID vaccine were distributed on Monday

SUNDAY, Dec. 20

• Massachusetts reports 4,162 new COVID cases, 60 more deaths


• Massachusetts reports 3,995 new COVID cases, 47 additional deaths

• Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey receive the first doses of the COVID vaccine

• Former Red Sox great and current Boston coach Jason Varitek tests positive for COVID, per his wife Catherine

FRIDAY, Dec. 18

FDA gives Moderna emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine

• Massachusetts reports 5,632 new cases, 53 additional deaths, passing 300,000 cases in the state

• Massachusetts among states to get fewer doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine next week

1,009 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 in last week


More than half of Massachusetts communities now considered high-risk for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 4,985 new COVID Cases, 44 additional deaths

• FDA panel approves Moderna’s COVID vaccine for emergency use


• Hospitals begin vaccinating health care workers with first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Gym owners say they’re being unfairly targeted as COVID cases rise

• Massachusetts reports 5,450 new COVID Cases, 71 additional deaths

• Driver shortages due to COVID could impact snow cleanup time Thursday

• First at-home rapid test for COVID-19 approved by FDA

TUESDAY, Dec. 15

• Massachusetts reported 3,720 new COVID cases and 55 additional deaths

• Schools must give students live interaction with a teacher under new remote learning rule

• Gov. Baker urges people to stay home for holidays after post-Thanksgiving COVID spike

• Mass General Nursing Director “gravely concerned” about further COVID surge

• Pfizer’s COVID vaccines arriving at several hospitals in Massachusetts

• Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine gets positive review from FDA

MONDAY, Dec. 14

• Massachusetts reports 3,572 new COVID cases, 37 more deaths

• Boston rolls back reopening, closing gyms, museums and more for at least three weeks starting Wednesday

• World War II veteran in Bedford is first VA patient to get coronavirus vaccine

• Boston Medical Center is first Massachusetts hospital to get COVID vaccine shipment

• MBTA commuter rail service cut in half due to too many COVID absences

SUNDAY, Dec. 13

• Massachusetts reports 4,677 new COVID cases, 41 additional deaths

• Boston Children’s Museum will voluntarily close through January 7 due to surging cases in Massachusetts

• Massachusetts has officially rolled back into Phase 3, Step 1 of the state’s reopening plan


• Massachusetts reports 4,968 new COVID cases, 47 additional deaths

• Hospitals across Massachusetts are expecting the first doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine to arrive on Monday

FRIDAY, Dec. 11

• Massachusetts COVID death toll surpasses 11,000 with 47 new deaths reported, along with 5,475 new COVID cases

• 923 at Massachusetts schools test positive for COVID-19 last week

• Mayor Walsh says he is concerned about the “limited amount of doses” Massachusetts will initially receive of the Pfizer COVID vaccine once it is approved

• Massachusetts cities and towns prepare for vaccine distribution

• Study shows Biogen conference could be connected to as many as 300,000 COVID cases


158 communities considered high risk for COVID-19 infections in Mass.

• Massachusetts reports 5,130 new COVID cases, 41 additional deaths

• Commuter Rail reducing service because of COVID-19 absences

• Boston announces outdoor dining plan for 2021

• An FDA panel approved Pfizer’s COVID vaccine, with several Boston doctors on the committee


• Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus in isolation after testing positive for COVID

• Massachusetts reports 5,675 new COVID cases, 89 additional deaths

• Sec. Sudders offers details on where vaccines will be available in Massachusetts

• Massachusetts releases three-phase vaccine distribution plan; expected to be available to general public by April 2021


• Massachusetts reports 3,627 new COVID cases, 40 additional deaths

• Workers at 2 Concord restaurants test positive for COVID-19

• New COVID testing site opens in Falmouth

• Effective Sunday, Massachusetts will force all cities and towns to step back to Phase 3, Step 1 in the state’s coronavirus reopening plan

• The state’s outdoor gathering limit will now be reduced from 100 to 50 people as of Sunday

• Businesses such as indoor performance and high contact indoor recreational facilities must close as a result of the move back to Phase 3, Step 1. Capacity for most other businesses will be reduced to 40% and restaurants can have no more than six people per table

MONDAY, Dec. 7

• Massachusetts reports 2,463 new COVID cases, 30 additional deaths

• Gov. Charlie Baker said he will have details Wednesday on the state’s plans for distributing the coronavirus vaccine when it’s available to the public

• Massachusetts is adding free COVID-19 testing sites in 17 new communities. By end of December, the state capacity will be 110k tests per week

• Hospitals in Massachusetts will stop non-essential elective surgeries starting Friday to free up healthcare workers for COVID treatment

• Health and Human Services Sec. Marylou Sudders said there has been a “significant uptick” in coronavirus cases since the Thanksgiving holiday

• Cambridge Public Schools will be shifting to remote learning starting on Thursday

SUNDAY, Dec. 6

• A field hospital reopened at the DCU Center in Worcester to deal with increasing COVID cases.

• Massachusetts reports 4,747 newly reported COVID cases, 48 additional deaths


• Massachusetts reports 5,356 newly reported COVID cases, 41 additional deaths

FRIDAY, Dec. 4

• Massachusetts tops 5,000 newly reported COVID cases for second consecutive day

• Framingham schools moving to remote learning until at least January 4 due to rise in cases

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

• Moderna says COVID vaccine could create immunity for at least three months

• Brockton announces it is closing city buildings as a coronavirus precaution starting on Monday, Dec. 7

• Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley urges public school districts in Boston, Worcester and Springfield to bring high-needs students back to the classroom


97 communities considered high risk for COVID-19 in Mass.

• Massachusetts reported 6,477 new confirmed COVID cases and 49 additional deaths

• Coronavirus alert to be sent Thursday to Massachusetts residents via text, voicemail and email

• Massachusetts to open second field hospital in Lowell, first one in Worcester opens Sunday

• COVID-19 vaccination cards to be simplest way to keep track of shots

• CVS giving antibody treatments to some COVID-19 patients in Boston


• Massachusetts reports 4,613 new COVID cases, a new one-day record and 46 additional deaths

300,000 doses of COVID vaccine should be in Massachusetts by mid-December

COVID-19 cluster linked to private club in East Bridgewater

• Nantucket sees ‘significant spike’ in coronavirus transmission; schools shift to remote learning

• COVID vaccine rollout could be “most complex immunization effort” in history

• Study suggests COVID may have been in Massachusetts, 8 other states earlier than January

• Leominster schools to stay remote until January 4 due to rise in COVID cases

• Lawrence General Hospital temporarily suspends elective surgeries due to COVID surge

• Ambulance service to offer at-home COVID tests on North Shore


• Massachusetts reports 2,845 new coronavirus cases, 30 more deaths

• Arlington reports a cluster with nine active cases at St. Agnes School

Boston Public Schools not likely to fully reopen before Christmas, Mayor Walsh said

• Gov. Baker says Massachusetts not planning any additional closures, restrictions

• Baker says vaccinations should begin later this month with front line workers and long term care patients getting it first. General public could see it in the spring.

• Poll finds many in Massachusetts unlikely to get coronavirus vaccine

MONDAY, Nov. 30

• Massachusetts reports 1,166 new cases, 25 deaths

• COVID vaccines that require 2 doses create new set of challenges

• Moderna sends its COVID-19 vaccine to FDA for emergency use authorization

• COVID rapid test program due to start at 134 Massachusetts schools this week

• “Pandemic” is Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s “Word of the Year

SUNDAY, Nov. 29

• Massachusetts reports 2,501 new confirmed COVID cases, 46 additional deaths

• Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton announces visitors will no longer be allowed aside from a few exceptions


• Massachusetts reports 2,914 new confirmed COVID cases, 40 additional deaths

• NBA announces Kevin Garnett will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in May 2021 after this year’s ceremony was canceled

FRIDAY, Nov. 27

• Massachusetts reports 4,464 new new confirmed COVID cases, 29 additional deaths over two-day span (early afternoon Wednesday, Nov. 25 through 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 27)

81 Massachusetts towns considered high risk for COVID-19 infections

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

• Massachusetts removes Vermont from its list of states exempt from travel restrictions


• The state will not release any COVID-19 data on Thanksgiving. Friday’s report will have data from Thursday and Friday as well as the weekly town-by-town report

• Pine Street Inn’s annual Thanksgiving for homeless moved outside for first time ever

• Thanksgiving high school football games postponed this year due to coronavirus

• Retail expert says Black Friday will feature much less in-person shopping because of pandemic


• Massachusetts reports 3,224 new confirmed COVID cases, 53 additional deaths

• Massachusetts is considering the possibility of a take home version of the MCAS test

• Mayor Marty Walsh says Boston has “no intention of shutting down restaurants”

TUESDAY, Nov. 24

• Massachusetts reports 2,225 new confirmed COVID cases and 20 additional deaths

• Transit Police are now handing out coronavirus masks at eight different MBTA stations

• Northeastern University is postponing winter sports until December 18 after a “small cluster” of COVID-19 cases forced athletes on five varsity teams to quarantine

MONDAY, Nov. 23

• Massachusetts reports 1,785 new coronavirus cases, 18 additional deaths

• Gov. Baker unveils new statewide “Get Back Mass” COVID-19 public awareness campaign

• Harvard doctor says small Thanksgiving sacrifices can help avert a “major disaster

• AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine is up to 90-percent effective in late stage trials

SUNDAY, Nov. 22

• Massachusetts reports 2,721 new cases, 24 additional deaths, passing 200,000 cases in the state

• Chelsea Soldiers’ Home closes to visitors as worker tests positive for COVID


• Massachusetts reports 2,991 new COVID-19 cases, 19 additional deaths

• The FDA issues an emergency use authorization for Regeneron’s antibody cocktail, which was used on President Trump, to treat Covid-19 in high-risk patients with mild to moderate disease

FRIDAY, Nov. 20

• Massachusetts reports 2,288 new COVID-19 cases, 34 additional deaths

• Massachusetts takes New Hampshire and Maine off its list of states exempt from travel restrictions

• Pfizer asks for emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine

• New COVID-19 cases at Massachusetts schools now 652, nearly double from last week

• Hopkinton schools to switch from hybrid to remote the week after Thanksgiving, until Dec. 4

• Wachusett Mountain opens for ski season with new COVID protocols

• Hull cancels Thanksgiving night bonfire due to rise in coronavirus cases


62 Massachusetts towns considered high risk for COVID-19 infections

• Massachusetts reports 2,532 new COVID-19 cases, 27 additional deaths

• 4.5 million to get phone message warning of risks of spreading coronavirus during holidays

• Faneuil Hall will not host Christmas tree or light show this holiday season

• Gov. Baker was a part of a bipartisan group of governors included in a virtual meeting with President-elect Joe Biden to discuss combating the coronavirus pandemic


• Massachusetts reports 2,744 new Covid-19 cases, 47 additional deaths

• Massachusetts to start COVID-19 testing in 134 school districts

• Gov. Baker wants college students to get COVID-19 tests before they leave campus

• Mass Attorney General says MBTA was tricked into ordering thousands of ineffective hand sanitizer alternative

• Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective in final trial results

• Littleton families asked to pledge they’ll follow COVID guidelines for Thanksgiving

TUESDAY. Nov. 17

• Mass. reports 2,263 new coronavirus cases, 20 additional deaths

• Mayor Marty Walsh says workplaces now a major spreader of COVID-19 in Boston

• Walsh says city will release 6 key metrics twice a week to better track spread of COVID

• Cohasset teachers protest plan to switch Wednesdays from remote to in-person learning

• Lowell schools to stay fully remote until January 4

• Phase 4 businesses in Massachusetts eager for coronavirus vaccine

MONDAY. Nov. 16

• Massachusetts reports 1,967 new COVID-19 cases, 12 additional deaths

• Cambridge-based Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective in early tests

• Dr. Anthony Fauci said Moderna’s vaccine trial results are “truly striking

• Moderna’s vaccine may be available to the general public by Spring 2021

• USS Constitution suspends free public visits until further notice, due to rise in coronavirus cases

• 2021 Beanpot college hockey tournament at Garden canceled due to pandemic

• NCAA may hold entire 2021 men’s college basketball tournament in Indianapolis

SUNDAY, Nov. 15

• Massachusetts reported 2,076 new confirmed COVID cases and 33 additional deaths

• Cohasset Middle School and High School are shifting to remote learning for two weeks after an underage house party

• Walmart has resumed counting and monitoring the number of customers that enter and leave its stores due to coronavirus cases surging across the country


• Massachusetts reported 2,841 new confirmed COVID cases and 27 additional deaths

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is no longer allowing visitors due to the coronavirus

• Visitation suspended at Massachusetts prisons for two weeks due to coronavirus

FRIDAY, Nov. 13

• 2 Massachusetts House members test positive for COVID-19 after budget sessions

• Massachusetts reported 2,674 new confirmed COVID cases and 23 additional deaths

• Boston Common Frog Pond will not open ice-skating rink for the 2020-2021 winter season

• The Quincy Health Department is asking anyone who spent more than 15 minutes at the Goal Post Bar & Grille between noon and 10 p.m. to contact them, as they may have been exposed to coronavirus

• Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is reopening DCU Center field hospital in Worcester due to rise in coronavirus cases

• Baker pleads for “every single person” to get serious about masks, limiting gatherings

• Mayor Marty Walsh announces three new relief funds totaling $6.3 million to help small local businesses struggling to stay viable amid the pandemic

• Lynn Public Schools to continue with remote learning until February 5, 2021

• UMass Lowell announces its men’s basketball team paused activities last week after two members of the program tested positive for COVID-19

• Babson College moves all classes online due to a spike in COVID-19 cases

• Fitchburg State switching to remote classes on Nov. 21 because of spike in cases in city, dorms closing Nov. 22

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


30 communities in high-risk “red zone”

• Coronavirus deaths surpass 10,000 in Massachusetts

• Gov. Baker stresses need for in-person learning after tour of Carlisle school

• Mayor Marty Walsh on rising coronavirus cases in Boston: “We are at another critical point.”

• Massachusetts reported 2,482 new confirmed COVID cases and 21 additional deaths

• New England, New Jersey governors halt interstate youth hockey through end of 2020

• CDC’s Thanksgiving recommendations – eat outside, limit guests and don’t sing

• Moderna may know how effective COVID-19 vaccine is by end of this month


• Massachusetts reported 2,495 new confirmed COVID cases and 37 additional deaths

UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester bans visitors from ER due to increasing coronavirus patients

• Communities make efforts to enforce mask mandate

• New Bedford reaches milestone: 100,000 free face masks given to city residents

• Marlboro public schools will remain fully remote until at least January 11

• Wellesley public schools switch to remote after six coronavirus cases at high school

TUESDAY, Nov. 10

• Massachusetts reported 2,047 new coronavirus cases, 21 additional deaths

• Gov. Baker says state may once again set up field hospitals to prepare for coronavirus surge

• First Night Boston will not have any in-person or live events for New Year’s Eve

• Cape Cod Sea Camps is closing down for good after 100 years in business due to pandemic

• 56% of Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving despite pandemic, survey says

• Quincy cancels Christmas celebrations, tree to be lit November 27 with no ceremony

• Holy Cross plans in-person learning on campus starting in January for spring semester

• Fitchburg schools postpone hybrid learning until January 4, 2021

MONDAY, Nov. 9

• Massachusetts reported 1,184 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths

• Methuen City Hall is temporarily closed after at least four confirmed coronavirus cases in different city departments over the past week

• No fans allowed in Gillette Stadium for the rest of 2020

• Pfizer says its coronavirus vaccine may be 90% effective

• President-elect Biden’s coronavirus task force has several Boston ties

• Westwood High School switches to remote learning after coronavirus cluster linked to party

SUNDAY, Nov. 8

• Massachusetts reports 1,809 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 20 additional deaths

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said anyone celebrating election results in the city should be sure to wear a mask


• Massachusetts reports 2,200 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 23 additional deaths

• California is no longer considered a “COVID lower-risk state” by the Department of Public Health

FRIDAY, Nov. 6

• Massachusetts reports 2,038 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 21 additional deaths

• 16 communities in Massachusetts are now considered high risk for coronavirus infections, after the state began using a new method to assess transmission rates.

• Gov. Baker announces updated coronavirus metrics aimed at getting kids back in school

• Massachusetts releases new guidance on high school winter sports

• Massachusetts indoor ice hockey rinks set to reopen Saturday after 2-week shutdown

• MBTA riders could be fined $300 for not wearing a mask

252 at Massachusetts schools test positive for coronavirus in last week

• Worcester Public Schools delay in-person return until January 25

• New coronavirus restrictions in Massachusetts start at 12:01 a.m. Friday


• Latest town-by-town data, usually released by the state on Thursdays, will be released Friday

• Massachusetts reports 1,761 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 23 additional deaths

• Mass. sends COVID-19 alert to 4.5 million phones

• Boston planning $2 million tourism campaign to help businesses recover

• Two former administrators of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home pleaded not guilty to criminal charges over their handling of outbreak there


• Massachusetts reports 1,629 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 27 additional deaths

• Mayor Marty Walsh reminds election protesters to wear masks at any rallies in Boston and be home by 9:30 p.m.


• Massachusetts reports 923 new coronavirus cases and 12 additional deaths

• Encore Boston Harbor Hotel closing temporarily as casino reduces hours

MONDAY, Nov. 2

• Gov. Baker announces new executive orders : curfew for businesses, indoor gathering limit reduced to 10, tighter face mask mandate, all gatherings must end by 9:30 p.m. All changes begin 12:01 a.m. Friday November 6.

• Simon Malls announce social distance restrictions, encourage reservations to visit Santa Claus this year

• Massachusetts reports 725 new coronavirus cases and 9 additional deaths

15 more Massachusetts communities take step back in reopening due to rise in coronavirus cases

• North Quincy High School students sent home, switch to remote learning after weekend party revealed

SUNDAY, Nov. 1

• Nearly 150 coronavirus cases were connected to church services and programs at Crossroads Church in Fitchburg

• Massachusetts reported 1,292 new coronavirus cases and 16 additional deaths


• Massachusetts reported 1,292 new coronavirus cases and 16 additional deaths

• Many major U.S. retailers are starting their Black Friday sales earlier than ever due to the pandemic

• Salem hosted smaller crowds this year on Halloween than years past because of rising COVID cases and more restrictions

FRIDAY, Oct. 30

• Massachusetts reported 1,488 new coronavirus cases and 23 additional deaths

• Massachusetts adds New Jersey and Connecticut to travel order list

• Boston is considering a pause on indoor restaurant dining and stricter gathering limits after recent spike in casaes

• MIT working on app that could detect coronavirus based on cough sound

• 286 at Massachusetts schools test positive for coronavirus in last week


• More than one-third of Massachusetts, 121 communities, now at high risk for coronavirus

• Massachusetts reported 1,243 new coronavirus cases and 27 additional deaths

• Assumption University will lock down its campus for a week to stop cases from rising

• MIAA cancels postseason winter tournaments

• Cambridge’s Moderna nearing the finish line for a COVID-19 vaccine

• Mayor Walsh urges every Boston resident to get a coronavirus test 

Martha’s Vineyard outbreak linked to wedding

• Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence won’t play against BC Saturday after he tested positive for COVID-19

• MGH study shows some coronavirus long haulers have skin problems

Snow days or remote learning? Massachusetts leaves it up to school districts

• Harvard study suggests flying poses lower coronavirus risk than grocery shopping, indoor dining

• Boston University won’t allow fans at hockey, basketball games this season

• Tupperware profits soar as more people store leftovers in pandemic

• Winchester man’s “candy cannon” makes trick-or-treating safer this Halloween


• Massachusetts reported 1,137 new coronavirus cases and 36 additional deaths

• Boston Marathon 2021 postponed until at least the Fall

• Massachusetts contact tracing program begins hiring as cases rise

Logan Airport opens coronavirus testing station

• Massachusetts added to Connecticut’s coronavirus travel advisory

• Wastewater shows increased presence of COVID-19 in Massachusetts

• Somerville moves 3 election polling sites to create more social distancing

TUESDAY, Oct. 27

• Massachusetts reports 1,025 new coronavirus cases, 7 additional deaths

• Gov. Baker warns of “significant increase” in coronavirus cases among younger people

• Baker says “youth hockey needs to make some changes” after coronavirus clusters

• Governor says families should “think long and hard” about having holiday gatherings

• Halloween trick-or-treating will be allowed in Boston Saturday, but with precautions

• Massachusetts schools to get 2 million rapid coronavirus tests from federal government

• Fitchburg church now connected to 35 coronavirus cases

MONDAY, Oct. 26

• Massachusetts reports 1,216 new coronavirus cases and 17 more deaths

• Lawrence cancels trick-or-treating and city-sponsored Halloween events

• Massachusetts sending another coronavirus alert text to “high risk communities” Monday evening

• 13 Massachusetts communities take step back in reopening due to rise in coronavirus cases

• 2 parents charged after party forces Wilmington High School to switch back to remote learning

• Brockton Public Schools partners with CVS to get students flu shots. For more info click here

SUNDAY, Oct. 25

• Massachusetts reports 1,097 new coronavirus cases, 24 additional deaths

• A total of 28 coronavirus cases have been linked to a Fitchburg church

• Marblehead High School will shift to remote learning after students attended a house party


• Massachusetts reports 1,128 new coronavirus cases, eight additional deaths

• UMass Amherst announces a plan to invite first-year and transfer students to live on campus in the spring

• Public officials in Winthrop said on Saturday that 22 new coronavirus cases are connected to two clusters in town

FRIDAY, Oct. 23

• Massachusetts reports 968 new coronavirus cases, 19 additional deaths

• Division III Regis College announced there will be no winter sports at the school this year due to the pandemic

• 202 at Massachusetts schools test positive for coronavirus in last week


Ice rinks shut down in Mass. after rise in coronavirus cases linked to hockey

Map of COVID-19 testing sites in Boston

• 77 communities at high risk for coronavirus in Massachusetts

• Massachusetts reports 986 new coronavirus cases, 30 additional deaths

• Massachusetts making $51 million available for small businesses hurt by pandemic

• Moderna finishes enrolling 30,000 patients for coronavirus vaccine trial

• Dedham blames coronavirus spike on gatherings around youth sports

• Brockton not banning trick-or-treating, but mayor urges residents to consider skipping it this year

• Boston University students must show badge to prove coronavirus tests are up to date


• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 646 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 22 additional deaths

• State’s COVID-19 Risk Map moved to Thursdays to add more data

• Boston Public Schools suspend in-person learning for all students due to rise in coronavirus cases

• Massachusetts audits Watertown, East Longmeadow over remote learning

TUESDAY, Oct. 20

• Winthrop hires Covid-19 inspector

• Massachusetts reports 821 new coronavirus cases, five additional deaths

• MassDOT study finds pre-pandemic rush hour traffic patterns not returning soon

• Brigham and Women’s Hospital says coronavirus cluster contained

• Moderna hopes for coronavirus vaccine emergency use by end of year

• Boston reopens rental relief fund after statewide eviction moratorium ends

MONDAY, Oct. 19

• Massachusetts reports 827 new coronavirus cases, 15 additional deaths

• New Hampshire governor sues Massachusetts for taxing N.H. residents who work in Mass., but have been working from home in pandemic

• Massachusetts delays resumption of jury trials until at least November 9

SUNDAY, Oct. 18

• Massachusetts reports 744 new coronavirus cases, 14 additional deaths


• Massachusetts reports 550 new coronavirus cases, 21 additional deaths

• The Patriots added three more players – Sony Michel, guard Shaq Mason, and defensive end Derek Rivers – to the reserve/COVID-19 list, one day before the team is set to host the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium

• The state’s ban on evictions and foreclosures imposed during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic expires on Saturday

• Enrollment declines during the pandemic are putting financial pressure on many New England colleges and universities

FRIDAY, Oct. 16

• Massachusetts reports 702 new coronavirus cases, 30 additional deaths

• Boston Public Schools has again delayed the next phase of in-person learning, pushing it back from October 22 to October 29

• Massachusetts takes four more states off high-risk travel list: New Jersey, California, Washington and Hawaii

• Patriots cancel Friday practice after positive COVID-19 test reported

• Salem puts in more restrictions to reduce Halloween tourist crowds

• Somerville urges residents to not trick-or-treat this year, no city-sponsored Halloween events

• Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels Holiday Pops series

• Massachusetts September unemployment rate was 9.6%, down from August rate of 11.4%

• 160 at Massachusetts schools test positive for coronavirus in last week

• Massport layoffs may be coming as Logan Airport travel continues to plummet


• Massachusetts reports 568 new coronavirus cases, 23 additional deaths

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says city to crack down on coronavirus violations with fines possible

• Walsh says he’ll have an announcement on Halloween in city next Tuesday

• Lowell bans door-to-door trick-or-treating on Halloween due to rise in coronavirus cases

• Ayer cancels trick-or-treating because of pandemic

• Patriots Stephon Gilmore and Cam Newton now eligible to play in Sunday’s game vs. Broncos

• Researchers warn herd immunity strategy is wrong approach to pandemic

• Herd immunity is “incredibly reckless and dangerous,” says Dr. Mallika Marshall

• Boston University students are being asked to stay home until next semester if they go home for Thanksgiving

• The Boston-based lab Orig3n, which was forced to halt COVID-19 testing after over 300 of their tests falsely came back positive, now has its license suspended


63 communities at high risk for coronavirus in Massachusetts

• Massachusetts reports 518 new coronavirus cases, 16 additional deaths

• Judge denies Boston teachers the option to teach remotely

• Logan Airport plans to have rapid-testing facility by November.

• Methuen hires COVID compliance officer

• Waltham declares public health emergency, requires people over 5 to wear face coverings

• Coronavirus outbreak linked to youth hockey tournament in Rockland

• Marlborough schools going fully remote on Monday Oct. 19 after four weeks in red, high-risk zone

TUESDAY, Oct. 13

• Cambridge cancels city-sponsored Halloween events; Permits for community events will not be issued

• Massachusetts reports 632 new coronavirus cases and 12 more deaths

• Johnson & Johnson pauses coronavirus vaccine trial over unexplained illness

• Tufts University offers free coronavirus tests to neighbors in Medford, Somerville

• Cumberland Farms on Bay Road South in Hamilton closed after worker tests positive for coronavirus

• West Boylston Town Hall closed Tuesday, Wednesday after staff member gets coronavirus

MONDAY, Oct. 12

• Gov. Baker says $171 million plan will help tenants, landlords as eviction pause expires

• Massachusetts reports 765 new coronavirus cases and 13 more deaths

• Anyone who was in Fruit Basket Marketplace in Quincy between Oct. 2-11 should call health department at 617-376-1273 for covid contact tracing

• New England Patriots had no new positive tests in Sunday’s round of testing

SUNDAY, Oct. 11

• Massachusetts reports 570 new coronavirus cases and 16 additional deaths

• The game scheduled game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos was postponed after a Patriots player tested positive

• The NFL has shut down the New England Patriots practice facility again after a new coronavirus positive test

• Demonstrators in Boston and Somerville called for the extension of the Massachusetts eviction and foreclosure moratorium, which has protected tenants during the coronavirus pandemic


• Massachusetts reports 587 new coronavirus cases and 10 additional deaths

• Daniel Webster Elementary School in Marshfield will shift from hybrid learning to full remote learning for at least two weeks after six new positive cases in school’s community over a five-day span

FRIDAY, Oct. 9

• Five Chicopee police officers test positive for coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 734 new coronavirus cases and 12 additional deaths

• Dr. Deborah Birx of White House Coronavirus Task Force said in Cambridge she sees signs of “silent spread” of coronavirus in northeast

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said there’s no final decision yet on Halloween in the city

• Brookline extends outdoor dining season until December 7

• No new positive tests for Patriots reportedly for second straight day

• 163 at Massachusetts schools – 106 students and 57 staff – test positive for coronavirus in last week

• Worcester moves fall high school sports season to February due to coronavirus


• Massachusetts reported 409 new coronavirus cases and 8 additional deaths

• Boston Teachers Union seeks injunction to stop in-person learning

• Brigham and Women’s coronavirus vaccine volunteer wants to be “part of the solution”

• The New England Patriots reportedly had no new positive coronavirus tests Thursday

• New England Journal of Medicine slams Trump administration’s coronavirus response in rare editorial


• 40 communities in Mass. labeled as high risk for coronavirus infections

• Massachusetts reports 509 new coronavirus cases and 19 additional deaths

• Boston pauses school reopening plan, delaying start of hybrid learning due to rise in coronavirus cases

• Star cornerback Stephon Gilmore is third New England Patriot to test positive for coronavirus

• Brookline “strongly discourages” door to door trick-or-treating this Halloween due to coronavirus

• Boston Mayor calls White House super spreader event “biggest breach of national security in history of country”


• Massachusetts reported 454 coronavirus cases and eight additional deaths

• 27 Worcester firefighters in quarantine after 2 more positive tests

• Salem is asking anyone who doesn’t already have reservations to stay away this Halloween season

• Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts will not cancel Halloween and will issue guidelines for cities and towns

• 10,000 people wanted for at-home coronavirus testing study in Boston area

• Leicester cancels Halloween trick-or-treating

• Nantucket has two suspected coronavirus-related deaths in three days

• Brigham and Women’s Hospital coronavirus cluster now at 52 – 39 employees and 13 patients

MONDAY, Oct. 5

• Massachusetts reports 465 new coronavirus cases and 20 more deaths

• 21 Worcester Firefighters in quarantine after one tests positive on Sunday

• Secretary of State asks mail in voters to get their November ballots in early

• Attleboro Fire Department coronavirus cluster now at 12 cases

• Patriots-Chiefs game is on after no new coronavirus tests Monday morning

• Falmouth High School switches to all remote after weekend party where students didn’t take precautions

• Regal Cinemas to close movie theaters temporarily again as more big films delay releases

• Step 2 of reopening phase 3 begins today for low-risk communities

SUNDAY, Oct. 4

• Massachusetts reports 626 new coronavirus cases, and three more deaths

• Patriots players will be tested again for coronavirus on Sunday, with the possibility the team leaves to play the Kansas City Chief Monday


• Patriots-Chiefs game scheduled for Sunday is postponed after players on both teams test positive for COVID-19, with quarterback Cam Newton reportedly among them

• Massachusetts reports 600 new coronavirus cases, and 17 more deaths

• The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Cape Cod has created its first ever drive-through food pantry for low-income pet owners struggling financially during the pandemic.

• 25 inmates, 21 employees and two contractors from the Middleton Jail were announced on Saturday to have tested positive for coronavirus

FRIDAY, Oct. 2

• Cambridge announces it will delay the city’s advancement to Step 2 of Phase 3

• Massachusetts reports 753 new coronavirus cases, 10 more deaths

• Cambridge now requires face masks in public at all times, violators could be fined $300

• Mark Wahlberg donates 1.3 million face masks to students and teachers, including Quincy

• Dr. Mallika Marshall on what’s next for President Trump after coronavirus diagnosis

• ‘Wear a God damn mask,’ Rep. Joe Kennedy tweets while wishing Trump fast recovery


• Massachusetts reports 708 new coronavirus cases, 23 additional deaths

• Thousands of Boston students return to school as coronavirus cases rise in city

• Moderna said its’ coronavirus vaccine won’t be available to public until next spring

• Brigham and Women’s Hospital coronavirus cluster now at 45 with 33 employees and 12 patients infected


• Boston, Springfield among 23 communities in red high risk category for coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 510 new cases, 32 additional deaths

• Boston not yet moving into Phase 3 Step 2 of state’s reopening plan

• Mayor Marty Walsh urges people to not to have house parties, even during Patriots games

• Boston movie theaters allowed to boost capacity to 50-percent and food courts can reopen

• Moderna says older patients responding well to its’ coronavirus vaccine

• Boston says plastic bag ban will go back into effect Oct. 1.

TUESDAY. Sept. 29

• Health officials reported 450 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 8 additional deaths in Massachusetts

• Nantucket Cottage Hospital said a church gathering is connected to a recent cluster of cases on the island

•  Massachusetts allowing lower-risk communities to move into Step 2 of Phase 3, which means indoor and outdoor performance venues can have up to 250 people, fitting rooms can reopen and gyms, museums and libraries can increase to 50-percent capacity.

• Schools will have MCAS tests in spring, education commissioner says

• Convenience stores in state now allowed to sell self-serve beverages

• 20 underage Boston University students face suspension for outdoor beer party

• The Big E laid off 10-percent of their full-time employees after annual fair was canceled

• Boston University cancels spring break for 2021

MONDAY, Sept. 28

• Natick High School closed for in-person learning, extracurricular activities and athletics for two weeks after students who were required to quarantine attended parties

• Hopkinton schools closed for in-person learning, athletics and extracurricular activity Tuesday and Wednesday after high school student tests positive for Covid-19

• Massachusetts reported 367 new coronavirus cases and 11 additional deaths

• Legoland Discovery Center Boston will reopen on Thursday with coronavirus precautions

• Middleton Jail reports outbreak of coronavirus cases among 14 inmates and nine staffers

• Salem State wants students who went to large weekend party to get coronavirus tests

• Massachusetts among safest states to reopen schools, report finds

• Boston shuts down Salt Bae’s restaurant for violating coronavirus safety guidelines

• Massachusetts allows bar seating at restaurants, 10 people per table under new guidelines starting Monday

SUNDAY, Sept. 27

• Massachusetts reports 596 new coronavirus cases and 13 more deaths

• Merrimack College temporarily moves to remote learning after a series of positive coronavirus cases on campus

SATURDAY, Sept. 26

• Massachusetts reports 515 new coronavirus cases and 18 more deaths

• After being shut down for six months due to the pandemic, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston opened up its doors this weekend to visitors

•  The University of Rhode Island is canceling spring break to reduce travel and prevent the spread of the virus

FRIDAY, Sept. 25

• Massachusetts reports 454 new coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths

• Outbreak at Brigham & Women’s Hospital grows to 28 cases

• Cambridge will require face masks to be worn in public at all times starting next Friday

• Former superintendent and medical director of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home indicted on multiple charges related to coronavirus deaths of veterans there.

• Nashoba Valley Technical High School puts classroom outside on football field

THURSDAY, Sept. 24

• Indoor visitation allowed to resume at nursing homes

• Worcester will not increase restaurant seating capacity or allow food service at restaurant bars

• Merrimack College announced 47 additional students tested positive in a coronavirus outbreak at a dorm

• Bridgewater Public Library will be closed on Friday, Sept. 25, after two employees reported symptoms

• Visitations at Massachusetts prisons resume next Monday

• Massachusetts reports 455 new coronavirus cases and 15 more deaths

• Gov. Baker tells low-risk communities “We think kids should be in school”

• Coronavirus cluster discovered at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

• 22,795 new unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts last week, an increase of 4,407 from previous week

• Arlington 4th grader sent home for sneezing Tuesday cleared to return to school

• Taunton roller skating rink owner frustrated he still can’t reopen

• Regal Cinemas owner struggling to survive the pandemic


• Massachusetts reports 542 new coronavirus cases, 17 additional deaths

• Holliston, Marlboro among 15 communities at high risk for coronavirus

• Maine removes travel restrictions for people coming from