• Massachusetts reports 2,914 new 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 Massachusetts

• Boston Red Sox partner with city to test public school teachers for coronavirus

• Massachusetts to allow bar seating at restaurants, 10 people per table under new guidelines

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh cautions Boston approaching ‘high risk’ status for coronavirus

• Boston will keep restaurant table capacity at six people, citing recent uptick in coronavirus cases.

• Angry Gov. Baker wants Congress to focus on coronavirus relief not Supreme Court

• Baker wants school districts to use 3 weeks of data when changing plans

• Johnson & Johnson’s single dose coronavirus vaccine enters Phase 3 trial with Beth Israel in Boston

• Coronavirus vaccine unlikely to be ready before Election Day, reports say

TUESDAY, Sept. 22

Residents of Monican Hall at Merrimack College quarantined after 5 positive coronavirus tests

• Massachusetts reports 143 new cases, 11 additional deaths

• Plastic bag ban in Boston will resume on October 1

• Judge invalidates firing of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh

• CDC discourages trick-or-treating, costume masks and parties for Halloween

• Sam Adams Tap Room at Faneuil Hall to reopen Wednesday

MONDAY, Sept. 21

• Providence College issues stay at home order; 175 positive tests

• Massachusetts reports 244 new coronavirus cases and 7 more deaths

• State questions districts only offering remote learning, but not designated as ‘high risk’ communities

• UMass will play limited number of football games this fall

• Boston Public Schools holds its first day of classes on Monday with all students learning remotely.

SUNDAY, Sept. 20

• Peirce Elementary School in Arlington announces it will be remote only learning for the week because a staff member tested positive for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 340 new coronavirus cases and 15 more deaths

SATURDAY, Sept. 19

• Massachusetts reports 569 new coronavirus cases and 26 more deaths

• Boston restaurants like Fenway Johnnie’s are coping with coronavirus restrictions

• According to the Associated Press, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says an eighth person has died from a Millinocket wedding linked to a coronavirus outbreak

FRIDAY, Sept. 18

• Massachusetts reports 431 new coronavirus cases and 8 more deaths

• Winthrop man fined $300 for large party violating coronavirus restrictions

• Massachusetts unemployment rate down to 11.3% for August, biggest drop in U.S.

• Red Sox lay off 10% of full-time employees due to pandemic

• Massachusetts schools look for volunteers to help carry out safety protocols

• Northeastern gives tuition credit to students dismissed for social distancing violations

• Faculty member at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School tests positive for coronavirus

THURSDAY, Sept. 17

• Massachusetts reports 419 new coronavirus cases and 15 more deaths

• Chelsea Soldiers’ Home suspends outdoor visitation after staff member tests positive

• Governor pushes for flu shots as 12 more coronavirus testing sites open in Massachusetts

• Baker on Attleboro High student sent to school with coronavirus: “Makes no sense”

• 17,857 new unemployment filings in Massachusetts, down 800 from  previous week

• Moderna may know coronavirus vaccine effectiveness by November, CEO says

• Massachusetts arcades allowed to reopen Thursday

• Revere coronavirus survivors tell their stories to encourage others to follow guidelines


• 17 communities at high risk for coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 295 new coronavirus cases, 20 additional deaths

• Federal government outlines plan to make coronavirus vaccine free to all

• Attleboro High student went to school after testing positive for coronavirus

TUESDAY, Sept. 15

• Massachusetts reports 286 new coronavirus cases and six more deaths

• 30 Attleboro High School students quarantined after classmate tests positive

• Austin Prep in Reading shifts to remote learning after students attend weekend party

• Sudbury Extended Day employee working at Josiah Haynes Elementary School tests positive for coronavirus; No students exposed

• Framingham issuing $500 fines to property owners who violate state order on gathering limits

• Nantucket reports 30 coronavirus cases in last five days

• Massachusetts has highest vaccination rate in America, according to a new report

• MBTA says riders may have to walk further, pay more, transfer more once pandemic ends

MONDAY, Sept. 14

• Massachusetts reports 235 new coronavirus cases and nine more deaths

• Boston Sports Clubs owner files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

SUNDAY, Sept. 13

• Massachusetts reported 267 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 14 additional deaths Sunday

• Dedham has set up a free coronavirus testing site through Thursday after a recent spike in town

• A day after a large student party forced Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School to switch to remote learning for the start of the school year, parents are now chiming in on the decision by the Sudbury Board of Health.

SATURDAY, Sept. 12

• The Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health reported 435 new coronavirus cases and 16 additional deaths

• The state sent community outreach teams to Framingham this weekend to educate people on preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Framingham is on a short list of cities considered at high risk for coronavirus

• The Sudbury Board of Health announced on Saturday that Lincoln-Sudbury High School must start with remote learning for at least 14 days after police broke up a large, student party the night before

FRIDAY, Sept. 11

• Massachusetts reports 443 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 14 additional deaths

• Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia removed from list of exempt low risk states on travel order

• Attorney for business owners, religious leaders challenging coronavirus shutdown told SJC Gov. Baker “turned the government upside down”

• Dedham sets up mobile testing site after coronavirus cases jump

THURSDAY, Sept. 10

• 14 confirmed cases on Nantucket in past two days

• Health officials reported 363 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 20 additional deaths

• Gov. Baker says indoor and outdoor arcades can open next week

• State will allocate $5 million to restaurants to help with outdoor dining for the fall

• Lynnfield schools to start year remotely after coronavirus spike in town

• Several Boston College swimming and diving team members test positive for coronavirus


• 13 communities in Massachusetts now considered high risk for coronavirus infections

• Dedham Public Schools indefinitely postpones in-person learning, which was scheduled to start Sept. 21

• Everett closes playgrounds, parks, courts after uptick in cases

• Health officials reported 182 new confirmed coronavirus cases and four additional deaths

• Lawrence teachers rally for safer conditions

• Schools explore high-tech cleaning options

• Maine no closer to easing travel restrictions on Massachusetts

• Andover teachers who refused to enter school buildings engaged in an illegal strike, state labor board rules

• The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will re-open September 26.

TUESDAY, Sept. 8

• Massachusetts reports 168 new coronavirus cases and eight more deaths

• Windham, New Hampshire High School suspends fall sports and moves to remote learning after some students test positive

• Massachusetts stops coronavirus testing at Boston lab after 383 false positives found

• Moderna among 9 companies pledging to make coronavirus vaccine safety their focus

MONDAY, Sept. 7

• Massachusetts reports 222 new coronavirus cases, eight additional deaths

• About 20% of Massachusetts restaurants have closed due to the pandemic, restaurant association says

• Visitation at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home is suspended for two weeks after an administrative staff member tested positive for coronavirus

SUNDAY, Sept. 6

• New Hampshire is investigating a potential coronavirus outbreak linked to a fraternity

• Massachusetts reports 370 new coronavirus cases, 10 additional deaths


• Massachusetts reports 416 new coronavirus cases, 15 additional deaths

• Massachusetts added Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington to the exempt list of the Travel Order

FRIDAY, Sept. 4

• Massachusetts reports 219 new cases, 22 additional deaths

• Eleven Northeastern University students dismissed for violating policies


• Mass. reports 393 new cases, 17 additional deaths

• Gov. Baker said it’s “heartbreaking” to see restaurants, bars go out of business due to pandemic

• Massachusetts unveils new school reopening website

• State also launches new website to help hardest hit communities – Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn and Revere

• Massachusetts had 18,054 new unemployment claims, up 460 from the week before

• The Pour House in Boston sold due to coronavirus pandemic

• Local expert says coronavirus vaccine “not bringing the pandemic to an end”


• Eight communities at high risk for coronavirus infections in Mass.

• Massachusetts reports 288 new coronavirus cases, 22 more deaths

TUESDAY, Sept. 1

• Massachusetts reports 354 new coronavirus cases and 4 more deaths

• Springfield police are still searching for a man giving “Covid hugs” and his possible accomplice

• Andover teachers “reluctantly” enter school buildings after no confidence vote for superintendent

MONDAY, August 31

• Massachusetts reports 301 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths

• The Fours sports bar near TD Garden in Boston closes after 44 years

• Coronavirus vaccine may require two doses

• Andover may take legal action against teachers who refuse to enter schools

• Encore Boston Harbor to lay off 385 furloughed workers

• More than 850,000 people have voted early so far in Tuesday’s Massachusetts primary

• Retailers Association of Massachusetts said tax-free weekend was best since February when pandemic started

SUNDAY, August 30

• Massachusetts reports 174 new cases, 13 additional deaths

• A second Steamship Authority employee in as many days tested positive for coronavirus. The employee recently worked on the M/V Woods Hole and the M/V Governor.

SATURDAY, August 29

• Massachusetts reports 421 new coronavirus cases, 12 additional deaths

• 21 new coronavirus cases in Worcester are linked to off-campus party thrown by Holy Cross students

• Brookline orders those who can’t wear masks to wear face shields

• 4 more states now on Massachusetts Travel Order Exempt List

FRIDAY, August 28

• Massachusetts reports 438 new coronavirus cases and 16 more deaths

• MGM Springfield casino lays off 1,000 workers, citing pandemic’s impact

• Lord & Taylor closing its remaining 38 stores

THURSDAY, August 27

• Massachusetts reports 365 new coronavirus cases and 20 more deaths; 7-day weighted average of positive test rate down to 1.0%

• Somerville considers Phase 3 reopening for early September

• Coronavirus risk higher for obese people, vaccine may be less effective, study says

• More than 17,000 people filed new unemployment claims in Massachusetts last week, about the same as last week

• UMass Amherst to furlough nearly 850 workers after coronavirus leads to $168 Million budget shortfall

• Northeastern University reports six coronavirus cases, Boston University reports two, and Boston College reports six

• Moderna says potential coronavirus vaccine shows promise in older adults

• Mass. Gaming Commission looks into Encore casino after State Police break up party of 100 in hotel suite

WEDNESDAY, August 26

• 9 communities now at high risk for coronavirus infections in Massachusetts

• Massachusetts reports 315 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 26 additional deaths

• 200-person party in Milford fined $1,500 for COVID violations

• Boston University to suspend partying students “who won’t take COVID-19 seriously”

• Rhode Island bachelorette party linked to coronavirus cluster in Massachusetts

TUESDAY, August 25

• Massachusetts reports 349 new coronavirus cases and 12 more deaths

• Biogen conference in Boston in February linked to 20,000 Massachusetts coronavirus cases, researchers estimate

• Gov. Baker announces My Local MA to get people to shop and travel within Massachusetts ahead of tax-free weekend

• Baker says “unmanaged” social events are biggest concern for coronavirus spread

• Many Massachusetts unemployed to get an extra $300 a week for 3 weeks

MONDAY, August 24

• 7-day weighted average of positive tests in Massachusetts now 1.1%, the lowest it has been so far

• Over the weekend, Massachusetts reported 571 new coronavirus cases and 27 more deaths

• MBTA GM warns of fare hikes and service cuts due to loss of ridership

• FDA issues emergency authorization for convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus

SUNDAY, August 23

• The state’s daily coronavirus dashboard will not be updated on Sunday

SATURDAY, August 22

• Massachusetts reports 109 new coronavirus cases, 20 additional deaths

• Brockton curfew begins, lasts from 11 p.m.-5 a.m.

FRIDAY, August 21

• Brockton enacts citywide curfew from 11 p.m.-5 a.m. to stop COVID spread

• Massachusetts reports 431 new cases and 13 more deaths as testing jumps

• Boston to start school year remotely, move to hybrid model in October

• Five cafeteria workers and one teacher test positive for coronavirus at Athol Community Elementary School

• Massachusetts had the highest unemployment rate in the country for July

THURSDAY, August 20

• Massachusetts reports 262 new coronavirus cases and 12 more deaths

Rapid response testing to be available to Massachusetts schools

• Unemployment and pandemic assistance claims rise in Massachusetts

• New Mass General study says children may be “silent spreaders”

• Cambridge says students will start year remotely on Sept. 16; in-person learning will start Oct. 13

• AMC movie theaters reopens 10 locations in the Boston area on Thursday

WEDNESDAY, August 19

• Mass. reports 10 communities with high risk for coronavirus infection

• All Massachusetts students will be required to get a flu vaccine to keep respiratory illnesses down amid the pandemic

• Massachusetts establishes fall high school sports guidelines

TUESDAY, August 18

• State releases new guidance for high school sports, some seasons postponed

• The Patriots and Red Sox won’t allow fans at home games through September

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 175 new coronavirus cases and 6 additional deaths

• Baker says 70% of school districts have indicated they plan to offer a hybrid or fully in-person learning model

• The FDA is flagging a Waltham company’s widely used coronavirus test

• Boston Public Schools are installing new coronavirus safety measures

MONDAY, August 17

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 213 new coronavirus cases and 4 additional deaths

• Boston’s Museum Of Science unveils virtual Q&A coronavirus exhibit

• Worker at Salem summer camp tests positive for coronavirus

SUNDAY, August 16

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 303 new coronavirus cases and 11 additional deaths

SATURDAY, August 15

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 366 new coronavirus cases and 14 additional deaths

FRIDAY, August 14

• Massachusetts reports 212 new coronavirus cases, 14 additional deaths

• Hawaii removed from Massachusetts travel order exempt list

• Today is deadline for Massachusetts schools’ final reopening plan for September

THURSDAY, August 13

• Worcester votes to start school year with remote learning

• Boston Public Schools officials are in the process of applying for a waiver that would push the start of classes in the city back to September 21

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 319 new coronavirus cases and 21 additional deaths

• New youth sports guidelines say games can happen if deliberate contact is eliminated and players are kept six feet apart

•  State gaming commission won’t lift restrictions on craps and roulette at Massachusetts casinos

• The number of people applying for unemployment fell below 1 million for the first time since March. The Labor Department said 963,000 filed for unemployment nationwide.

• 11 cities, towns now at high risk for coronavirus infections in Massachusetts

WEDNESDAY, August 12

• Massachusetts reports 229 new coronavirus cases, 18 additional deaths

• Massachusetts updates guidance on schools reopening based on new coronavirus map

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said city hasn’t decided on hybrid or remote learning for schools in September

• Federal government to buy 100 million doses of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine

TUESDAY, August 11

• Massachusetts reports 296 new coronavirus cases, 10 additional deaths

• Massachusetts releases new map with coronavirus case counts in every town, each ranked by a color-coded system

• UMass cancels 2020 football season due to coronavirus, hopes to play in spring

• Massachusetts now limits outdoor crowds to 50 starting Tuesday

MONDAY, August 10

• Massachusetts reports 214 new coronavirus cases, 5 additional deaths

• Massachusetts schools final reopening plan deadline extended to Friday, August 14

SUNDAY, August 9

• Massachusetts reports 286 new coronavirus cases, 14 additional deaths

SATURDAY, August 8

• Massachusetts reports 320 new coronavirus cases, 12 additional deaths

• City of Everett issues mask order

• The New England Revolution will resume their season August 21 when they host Philadelphia at Gillette Stadium

FRIDAY, August 7

• Massachusetts reports 320 new coronavirus cases, 18 more deaths

• Gov. Baker reduces Massachusetts outdoor gathering limit from 100 to 50, indoor limit stays at 25 and step 2 of Phase 3 reopening postponed indefinitely

• Massachusetts to crack down on “bars masquerading as restaurants”

• New travel restrictions begin for anyone entering Massachusetts from Rhode Island

• 2 Boston hospitals to test cystic fibrosis drug on severely ill coronavirus patients

• 20-percent of Harvard University’s freshman class have deferred enrollment

• Dr. Anthony Fauci “satisfied” with enrollment so far in Moderna coronavirus vaccine trial

THURSDAY, August 6

• Massachusetts reports 162 new coronavirus cases, 32 additional deaths

• Massachusetts reported 15,218 new unemployment claims, down about 4,400 from previous week

• Mayflower II won’t stop in Rhode Island after changes to Massachusetts coronavirus travel order

• Massachusetts releases town-by-town positivity rates from coronavirus tests in last 2 weeks


• Massachusetts reports 338 new coronavirus cases, 2 additional deaths

• UConn becomes the first FBS school to cancel it’s 2020 college football season

• Moderna says coronavirus vaccine study should complete enrollment in September

TUESDAY, August 4

• The Mass. Department of Public Health announces that starting Friday, Rhode Island will no longer be exempt from the state’s travel order

• Gov. Baker said state has “seen some slippage in a few places” in rising coronavirus cases

Weymouth High School graduation canceled after students attend unauthorized football camp

• Massachusetts reports 438 new coronavirus cases and nine more deaths

Salem announces cancellations, changes to annual Halloween plans

• Gov. Baker said state is working on a rapid mobile testing system for schools this fall

MONDAY, August 3

• Another Mass. teachers’ union calls for remote learning only to start fall school year

• MassHealth sends termination notices to 3 nursing homes for poor handling of coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 165 new coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths

• 2 more Falmouth lifeguards test positive for coronavirus

SUNDAY, August 2

• Massachusetts reports 353 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths

• Matt LaCosse becomes 8th Patriots player to opt out of 2020 season

SATURDAY, August 1

• Massachusetts reports 290 new cases, 17 additional deaths

• Massachusetts travel order begins

FRIDAY, July 31

• Boston schools planning for remote or hybrid reopening this fall

• Walsh says Boston Resiliency Fund has raised $33 million and distributed $24 million


• Massachusetts reports 304 new coronavirus cases and 15 more deaths, with uptick due to lab test delay

• Whitman-Hanson High School cancels Friday’s in-person graduation ceremony due to possible coronavirus exposure in community

• Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels fall season

• 19,218 new unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts last week, up 580 from previous week as U.S. economy had worst quarterly plunge ever

• Massachusetts releases new town-by-town coronavirus numbers for last two weeks


• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 356 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 29 additional deaths in the state on Wednesday. According to the state, the uptick in cases compared to recent days is due to a technical error by a hospital group

• Topsfield Fair canceled for the first time since World War II because of the pandemic

• Moderna says its’ cororavirus vaccine shows promise in monkeys

TUESDAY, July 28

• Massachusetts reports 178 new coronavirus cases and 14 more deaths

• Several Patriots opting out of 2020 NFL season because of coronavirus risk

• Holyoke Soldiers’ Home suspends visits after resident tests positive for coronavirus

• New poll shows 81-percent approve of how Gov. Baker is handling coronavirus pandemic

• Eight Falmouth lifeguards test positive for coronavirus

• Start of 2020-21 school year delayed by 10 days for Massachusetts students

MONDAY, July 27

• Massachusetts reports 182 new coronavirus cases and 7 more deaths

• Gov. Charlie Baker says positive coronavirus test rates have “ticked up” in Massachusetts

• Stop the Spread free testing program expands to a total of 16 communities now: Agawam, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Taunton, and Worcester

• Cambridge-based Moderna begins testing coronavirus vaccine on 30,000 volunteers (How to volunteer click here)

• Walmart, Target issue new recalls for potentially toxic hand sanitizers

• UMass Amherst drops SAT, ACT requirement for first-year applicants until 2023

• Several colleges in Boston to put students in hotel rooms instead of dorms this school year

• Google to let employees work from home until at least July 2021

SUNDAY, July 26

• A pop-up testing site will be open in Chatham Monday for people who attended a house party in the town on July 12 that is linked to a coronavirus cluster

•The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 273 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 19 additional deaths in the state on Sunday


• Massachusetts reports 210 new cases, 12 deaths

• Governor Baker discussed the federal response to coronavirus in Mass. with Vice President Mike Pence

• Vermont issues mask mandate starting August 1

FRIDAY, July 24

• Massachusetts reports 214 new cases, 14 deaths

• State closes its pool in Clinton for cleaning after an individual at the pool tests positive for COVID-19

• Somerville schools will not fully reopen this fall, the superintendent says

• Baker announces new travel order for anyone entering Massachusetts from outside the northeast; violators could face fines of up to $500 per day.


• Massachusetts issues school bus guidance for the fall: all students wear masks, one per bench, all windows open

• FDA’s recall list of potentially toxic hand sanitizers now up to 75

• 18,313 new unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts, down from 24,131 previous week

• Massachusetts releases new town-by-town coronavirus numbers for last two weeks


• Massachusetts reports 192 new cases, 18 deaths

Coronavirus cluster linked to Chatham house party

• State outlines protocols for when a student or staff member gets sick at school this fall

• New poll suggests very few Americans support a full school reopening

• Boston Children’s Museum opens for first time since March 13

TUESDAY, July 21

• Massachusetts reports 165 more coronavirus cases and 17 new deaths

• MIAA wants to start Massachusetts high school fall sports on September 14, pending state approval

• City of Boston to open two outdoor swimming pools Wednesday, one in Charlestown and one in the North End, at 40-percent capacity

• Gov. Baker extends moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in Massachusetts until October 17

MONDAY, July 20

• Massachusetts reports one new coronavirus death, 174 more cases

• Gov. Baker signs law allowing ‘cocktails to go’ in Massachusetts during pandemic

• $600 weekly unemployment benefit expires this week

• MBTA starts collecting fares again on buses, commuter rail and street-level stops on Green Line and Mattapan trolleys

SUNDAY, July 19

• Massachusetts reports 12 new coronavirus deaths and 218 more cases


• Massachusetts reports 177 new coronavirus cases and 17 more deaths

• Rhode Island asks Massachusetts residents not to come to its beaches

FRIDAY, July 17

• Massachusetts reports 216 new coronavirus cases and 21 more deaths

• Three Quincy Public Schools staff members test positive for COVID-19

• City of Salem requires masks in downtown and