• The state released its latest town-by-town coronavirus numbers

• Massachusetts reports 30 new coronavirus deaths and 162 new cases

•  Gov. Charlie Baker announces “Stop the Spread” free coronavirus testing in 8 hardest hit cities – Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, and New Bedford

• Fall River Diocese Catholic schools to open fully in Fall with Pre-K through eighth grade students in class 5 days a week


• Massachusetts reports 15 new coronavirus deaths and 140 new cases

• Mayor Walsh says Boston has granted more than 300 temporary on-street dining licenses to restaurants

• Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and infield prospect Bobby Dalbec test positive for coronavirus

• Gov. Baker acknowledges “bumpiness” of new youth sports guidelines

• The New England Aquarium in Boston will reopen July 16

• The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston to reopen July 15

• Massachusetts courthouses to expand public access beginning July 13

• The FDA says five more brands of hand sanitizer have tested positive for the toxic chemical methanol

MONDAY, July 6

• Massachusetts reports 157 new coronavirus cases, 15 more deaths

• Low-to-moderate contact sports allowed to resume games in Mass., including baseball, softball, tennis, volleyball. High contact sports like football, lacrosse, soccer still not cleared for competition.

• Harvard to allow freshmen to live on campus this Fall, but classes stay online

Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan begins today as gyms, movie theaters and museums reopen. Boston will not enter Phase 3 until Monday, July 13.

SUNDAY, July 5

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 11 new coronavirus deaths and 136 additional cases


• Massachusetts reports 210 new coronavirus cases and 23 more deaths

• Red Sox pitchers Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez test positive for COVID-19

FRIDAY, July 3

• Massachusetts reports 290 new coronavirus cases and 17 more deaths


• Massachusetts reports 195 new coronavirus cases and 51 more deaths

• Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts will begin Phase 3, Part 1 of the reopening plan on Monday, July 6

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wants everyone to help stop the spread of coronavirus this holiday weekend by not having parties or cookouts

• 29,167 people filed new unemployment claims in Massachusetts, a drop of just over 800 from last week

• Massachusetts released its latest breakdown of coronavirus cases by cities and towns


• Massachusetts reported 261 new coronavirus cases and 28 additional deaths on Wednesday

• New poll of Massachusetts parents shows wide range of experiences with remote learning

• Starting today, anyone travelling into Massachusetts should quarantine for two weeks, unless they’re coming from the other five New England states, New York or New Jersey

• Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace reopen.

TUESDAY, June 30

• Massachusetts reports zero new coronavirus deaths

• Coronavirus-related illness linked to at least 285 children nationwide

• AMC delays movie theater openings by 2 weeks

MONDAY, June 29

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 101 new cases, 35 additional deaths

• Big E officially cancels 2020 fair

• UMass Amherst says fall reopening plan includes residence halls

SUNDAY, June 28

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 224 new coronavirus cases and 19 additional deaths


• Massachusetts reports 28 new deaths, 373 additional cases

FRIDAY, June 26

• Massachusetts reports 50 new deaths, 233 additional cases

• Gov. Baker announces $275 million COVID-19 recovery package

• Warren, Markey and Pressley request investigation into outbreak at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home


• Massachusetts reports 226 new coronavirus cases and 25 more deaths

• Baker proposes reforms for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

• The state saw another 30,000 initial claims for unemployment last week

• Massachusetts unveils guidelines for reopening schools in the fall


• Massachusetts reports 48 new coronavirus deaths and 172 additional cases

• Gov. Baker says state is moving to end employment of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Supt. Bennett Walsh

• Massachusetts courts will reopen to the public for limited purposes on July 13

• An independent report on the investigation into coronavirus deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home “identified substantial errors and failures” made by leadership at the facility

TUESDAY, June 23

• Massachusetts reports 229 new coronavirus cases and 16 more deaths

• The Gaming Commission finalized reopening rules for casinos

• Gov. Charlie Baker said 17,617 people were tested statewide last week for coronavirus after George Floyd protests and only 2.5% were positive

• Baker also said there’s been a 93% drop in positive tests and a 74% drop in hospitalizations since April 15

MONDAY, June 22

• Massachusetts reports 149 new coronavirus cases and 17 more deaths

• FDA issues warning about 9 hand sanitizers made in Mexico that may contain toxic ingredient methanol

Phase 2, Part 2 of reopening begins Monday for several businesses and services

• MBTA hands out masks, increases service on buses, trains, ferries

SUNDAY, June 21

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 30 new coronavirus deaths and 125 additional cases


• Massachusetts reports 286 new coronavirus cases and 28 more deaths

FRIDAY, June 19

• Massachusetts reports 228 new coronavirus cases and 30 more deaths

• Massachusetts will allow indoor dining at restaurants and nail salons to reopen Monday, June 22, along with other close contact personal services

• State launches revamped coronavirus testing website,

• Gov. Charlie Baker said the positive coronavirus test rate in Massachusetts has fallen to 2.3 percent

• CDC recommends face masks at beaches when social distancing isn’t possible this summer


• Massachusetts reports 271 new coronavirus cases and 36 more deaths

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says positive test rate for coronavirus is now 19.6 percent in the city, the first time it’s been below 20 percent

• More than 30,000 new unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts last week, down nearly 15,000 from previous week


• The state released its latest breakdown of coronavirus cases by cities and towns

• Massachusetts reports 69 more coronavirus deaths and 266 new cases

• 50 pop-up coronavirus testing sites open Wednesday and Thursday for anyone who has attended a large gathering in the last two weeks.

TUESDAY, June 16

• Massachusetts reports 195 new coronavirus cases and 18 more deaths

• The state is tweaking the reopening rules for day cares and summer camps

• Red Cross will now test your blood, plasma and platelet donations for coronavirus antibodies

MONDAY, June 15

• Massachusetts reports 87 new coronavirus cases, 23 more deaths

• Massachusetts will have 50 pop-up coronavirus testing sites Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18 for anyone who has attended a large gathering in the last two weeks

• Gov. Charlie Baker said he plans to announce the date for Phase 2, part 2 of reopening plan by the end of this week

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says city has lost $65 million in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic

SUNDAY, June 14

• Health officials reported 48 new coronavirus deaths and 208 additional cases


• Massachusetts reports 336 new coronavirus cases, 38 more deaths

FRIDAY, June 12

• Massachusetts reports 392 new coronavirus cases, 46 more deaths

• Winchester church closes for 2 weeks after parishioner gets coronavirus

Boston Bruins say one of their players tested positive for coronavirus

• Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar visits Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and meets with Gov. Charlie Baker to discuss Massachusetts coronavirus response


• Massachusetts reports 519 new coronavirus cases, 38 more deaths

• Gov. Charlie Baker says the positive coronavirus test rate in Massachusetts is now at 4.2%, down 86% since April 15

• Cambridge-based Moderna ready to test potential coronavirus vaccine on 30,000 people in July

• Nearly 45,000 new unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts last week, up about 17,000 from previous week

• Boston Public Library to open for “to go” services starting June 22


• Massachusetts releases latest town-by-town coronavirus numbers

• Massachusetts reports 267 new coronavirus cases 46 more deaths

• Braintree Mayor Charles Kokoros tests positive for coronavirus

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says playgrounds and splash pads in the city will reopen June 15, but team sports are still prohibited.

• Simon Property Group reopens malls in Massachusetts


• The MBTA says it will “significantly ramp up service” starting June 21

• Massachusetts reports 263 new coronavirus cases and 55 more deaths

• Boston is encouraging those who participated in large protests to get tested

• Bars without seated food service moved to last phase of Massachusetts’ reopening plan

MONDAY, June 8

• Massachusetts reports 193 new coronavirus cases, 38 more deaths

• Superintendents going over memo from state on how to reopen schools in the fall with classes limited to 10 students and masks for everyone

• Restaurants, stores, and many other businesses reopen with restrictions as Phase Two begins

SUNDAY, June 7

• Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 27 new coronavirus deaths and 304 additional cases


• Massachusetts reports 575 new coronavirus cases and 55 new deaths

• Gov. Baker announced Phase Two will begin Monday

FRIDAY, June 5

• Massachusetts reports 494 new coronavirus cases and 35 more deaths

• Gov. Baker says positive coronavirus test rate average down 80% since the middle of April

• Unemployment rate in the U.S. fell to 13.3% in May, down from 14.7% in April.


• Massachusetts reports 50 more deaths and 471 new coronavirus cases

• 27,174 new unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts last week, down from 38,332 in previous week


• Massachusetts releases latest town-by-town coronavirus numbers

• Massachusetts reports 68 new coronavirus deaths and 429 more cases

• Early Education and Care Commissioner says day cares will face “many challenges” social distancing toddlers

• Housing and Economic Development Secretary says people will need to be “kind and patient with retailers” when Phase 2 begins

• Gov. Charlie Baker says there has been a 77% drop in positive coronavirus tests since the beginning of May

• Massachusetts nursing homes are now allowing outdoor visits

• AMC has “substantial doubt” it can stay in business after closing movie theaters during the coronavirus pandemic

• Boston Hope field hospital now closed after releasing final 2 coronavirus patients


• Massachusetts reports 50 new coronavirus deaths and 358 more cases

• The Marshfield Fair has been canceled for the first time in its 153-year history

MONDAY, June 1

• Massachusetts reported 48 new coronavirus deaths and 326 additional confirmed cases; 3,514 newly reported probable cases, 141 newly reported probable deaths

• Gov. Baker announced that effective Monday, businesses listed in Phase 2 will be permitted to enter their establishment to start preparing for their opening. Businesses will learn when they can reopen on June 6.

• Childcare and recreational summer camps and youth programs will be allowed to reopen in Phase 2 after submitting specific plans to ensure health and safety parameters for screenings and sanitization.

• Gov. Baker issued an executive order on details of phases of Massachusetts reopening plan

• Offices in Boston can begin to reopen, but at only 25-percent of their maximum occupancy

SUNDAY, May 31

• Massachusetts reported 78 new coronavirus deaths and 664 additional cases


• Cambridge biotech company Moderna announced that the company has begun the next step in its trials of a coronavirus vaccine

• Massachusetts reports 789 new coronavirus cases, 50 more deaths

FRIDAY, May 29

• Massachusetts reports 617 new coronavirus cases, 78 more deaths

• Gov. Baker says he will announce on Saturday, June 6 when Phase 2 of Massachusetts reopening can begin, which will include a plan for restaurants

• Baker will issue an order on Monday, June 1 that will have more details on each phase

• Baker says pro sports teams can resume practice with safety precautions on June 6

• Boston’s “Healthy Streets” program plans to open space for outdoor dining, increase bike lanes

• Rutland Police Detective John Songy, 48, loses battle with coronavirus


• Massachusetts reports 675 new coronavirus cases, 93 more deaths

• The 2020 Boston Marathon has been canceled; a virtual race is planned instead

• 40,000 pounds of food donated by the Mormon church in Utah arrives in Chelsea

• Massachusetts reports nearly 38,000 new unemployment claims. About 2.1 million new claims were filed across U.S. last week

• CVS opens 5 more drive-thru coronavirus testing sites, bringing state total to 26.


• Massachusetts announced 74 new coronavirus deaths and 527 additional cases

• Massachusetts releases town-by-town coronavirus numbers

• MBTA to finish Blue Line repairs 2 months ahead of schedule due to lower ridership because of coronavirus

• Braintree cancels town summer camps and activities

• Only half of Americans would get a coronavirus vaccine, poll shows

• CDC says antibody tests for COVID-19 are wrong up to half the time


• Massachusetts reports 422 new coronavirus cases and 57 more deaths

• City of Boston announces new $6 million grant program to help small businesses reopen

• Gov. Charlie Baker says “the surge is behind us” and Boston’s field hospital will not take any new patients

• 540,561 coronavirus tests have been done in Massachusetts so far and 2,179 hospitalized; Baker says data trending in right direction

• Researcher “cautiously hopeful” there will not be a significant second wave of virus in Massachusetts

• Survey shows more people are interested in working from home, even after pandemic ends

MONDAY, May 25

• Massachusetts reports 596 new coronavirus cases and 44 more deaths

• Cambridge native Patrick Ewing is back home recovering after being hospitalized for COVID-19

• A new wave of businesses is allowed to reopen on Monday as part of Phase 1 of the state’s plan

SUNDAY, May 24

• Massachusetts reported 68 new coronavirus deaths and 1,013 additional coronavirus cases

• Sunday marks the first day churches can hold in-person services, with coronavirus precautions in place


Donna Morrissey, a public relations spokesperson and former WBZ-TV producer has died of coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 773 new coronavirus cases and 76 more deaths

FRIDAY, May 22

• Massachusetts reports 805 new coronavirus cases and 80 more deaths

• A decision on the holding the Boston Marathon in September will be made “soon,” Mayor Walsh says

• New state guidance allows for outdoor high school graduations in July

• Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera cancels all public events in city until December

• Lawrence to spend $1 million to test 1,000 residents a day for coronavirus

• Massachusetts unemployment rate rose 12.3% in a month to hit 15.1% in April; state lost 623,000 jobs in April

• CVS opening 12 more drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in Massachusetts Friday


• Massachusetts reports 1,114 new coronavirus cases and 82 more deaths

• Boston University will set up COVID-19 testing program this fall for faculty, staff and students

• There are new rules designed to help Boston restaurants offer outdoor seating

• Boston launches website to help small businesses secure PPE ahead of reopening

• 38,328 people filed new unemployment claims in Massachusetts last week, down from about 45,000 a week ago

• TSA announces new airport security procedures for the summer travel season

• Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund wants public to display American flags at homes, businesses in place of annual Boston Common tradition


• Massachusetts releases the latest town-by-town coronavirus numbers

• Massachusetts reports 128 new coronavirus deaths and 1,045 more cases

• Convoy of 50 ambulances rides from Worcester to Fenway Park to honor EMS workers

• Dana-Farber to test blood cancer drug in coronavirus patients

• Field hospitals at the DCU Center in Worcester and UMass Lowell will close this week

• CVS returning $43 million in coronavirus relief funds


• Massachusetts reports 873 new coronavirus cases and 76 more deaths

• Mayor Marty Walsh says data shows Boston has been moving in right direction against coronavirus for 3 weeks now, based on positive tests and hospitalizations

• The B.A.A. is “actively exploring all options” for the Boston Marathon on September 14

• Rep. Ayanna Pressley wants Gov. Charlie Baker to reconsider his timeline to reopen Massachusetts

• Oxford gym opens for members, defying state order to stay closed

• Boston Archdiocese says churches could resume masses as early as Saturday

MONDAY, May 18

• An employee at a Stop & Shop on North Montello Street in Brockton has tested positive for coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 1,042 new coronavirus cases and 65 more deaths

• Chelsea Soldiers’ Home reports 30 veteran residents who tested positive for the coronavirus have now died

• Holyoke Soldiers’ Home reports 74 veteran residents who tested positive for the coronavirus have now died

• Gov. Baker allows hair salons, barbershops, retail curbside pickup, pet groomers, car washes, construction, manufacturing and places of worship to re-open under Phase 1 of Massachusetts’ re-opening plan

• Stay at Home advisory now a Safe at Home advisory in Massachusetts

• A plan for reopening Massachusetts schools is expected “in the weeks to come”

• Cambridge-based Moderna says its potential coronavirus vaccine produced antibodies in humans

SUNDAY, May 17

• A new bill filed in the State House this week looks to make personal protective equipment exempt from state sales tax

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 92 new coronavirus deaths and 1,077 additional cases on Sunday


• Massachusetts reports 1,512 new coronavirus cases and 113 more deaths

FRIDAY, May 15

• Somerville’s citywide state of emergency will extend past May 18, meaning currently closed or restricted businesses will remain suspended

• Massachusetts reports 1,239 new coronavirus cases and 110 more deaths

• Massachusetts launches new website with a map of testing sites so you can find one near you

• Gov. Charlie Baker urges businesses to continue working from home as much as possible

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says public health emergency in Boston will not be lifted next week and will remain until further notice

Study suggests 10% of Boston residents have coronavirus antibodies; 1 in 40 were asymptomatic and could be spreading the virus without knowing they have it

• Boston to allow construction work to expand “incrementally”

• Massachusetts casinos to remain closed until at least June 1

• Maroon 5 postpones June 24 Fenway Park concert

• BSO cancels Tanglewood, moves events online for the summer


• Massachusetts reports 167 new coronavirus deaths and 1,685 additional cases

• Kenny Chesney postpones summer tour, Gillette concerts

Fund proposed to help families cover burial costs

• Gov. Baker announces plan to expand coronavirus testing, focusing on those at highest risk

• CVS to open 10 new coronavirus testing sites in Massachusetts on Friday

• 44,467 people filed an initial claim for unemployment benefits in Massachusetts last week

• Nearly 3 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, total layoffs since coronavirus hit now at 36 million


• Massachusetts releases the latest number of coronavirus cases by city and town

• Massachusetts reports 1,165 new coronavirus cases and 174 more deaths

• Harvard Medical School says first year students will take fall semester online

• Gov. Charlie Baker says reopening businesses too early in Massachusetts could fire up coronavirus and would be “incredibly irresponsible

• Massachusetts restaurants send letter to Baker asking to partially reopen on May 19

• CDC wants doctors to look out for mystery illness in children that may be linked to coronavirus


• Massachusetts reports 870 new coronavirus cases and 33 more deaths

• The Whole Foods in Lynnfield has reopened after closing on Sunday because employees tested positive for coronavirus

• Gov. Charlie Baker files bill to authorize $1 billion in spending to cover coronavirus costs. Baker expects money to be reimbursed from federal government

• Dr. Anthony Fauci tells Sen. Elizabeth Warren U.S. does not have coronavirus completely under control

• Cambridge’s Moderna gets FDA Fast Track approval for potential coronavirus vaccine

• Dorchester coronavirus testing site offers boxes of food for residents in need

• WBZ-TV’s I-Team has learned the state never filled a position to oversee the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes

• 74 residents at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home have died from coronavirus

• 29 residents at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home have died from coronavirus

MONDAY, May 11

• Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts’ reopening process will begin May 18 with a 4 phase approach – Start, Cautious, Vigilant and The New Normal – each level relying on data to loosen restrictions

• Boston’s homeless population has 33% coronavirus infection rate

• Massachusetts reports 669 new coronavirus cases and 129 more deaths

• Boston considers expanding sidewalks, more outdoor dining

• Annual Memorial Day large scale flag display on Boston Common moved to homes, businesses due to coronavirus

• Encore Boston Harbor casino reopening plan focuses on temperature checks, plexiglass barriers and more space between machines

• Walmart in Quincy reopens a week after a worker died from coronavirus and 10 others were infected

• Retail stores, salons, barber shops, golf courses re-open with restrictions in New Hampshire

SUNDAY, May 10

• Massachusetts reported 139 new coronavirus deaths, 1,050 additional cases

• Whole Foods in Lynnfield is closing temporarily after employees tested positive for coronavirus

• Walmart locations in Avon and Abington have reopened after previously closing due to coronavirus cases. The Quincy Walmart where 11 employees tested positive and one died remains closed.


• Massachusetts reports 1,410 new coronavirus cases and 138 more deaths

Delta announces service suspension to Providence, RI and Manchester, NH


• The MBTA is getting $828 million from the CARES Act to support operations and pay workers

• Massachusetts reports 1,612 new coronavirus cases and 150 more deaths

• New Hampshire dentists can reopen offices Monday; NH public colleges prepare to welcome students back to campus in fall

• Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and live concert on 4th of July is canceled

• Mayor Marty Walsh says all parades and festivals in Boston this summer, including on Labor Day, are canceled

• Walsh says Thursday was first day total active coronavirus cases went down in Boston

• Senators Ed Markey, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders create bill to give monthly $2,000 checks to anyone with income below $120,000 during crisis

• Massachusetts Democrats send letter to Walmart CEO about stores in Worcester, Quincy closed by coronavirus

• Unemployment hits 14.7%, highest rate since the Depression, as US lost 20 million jobs in April due to pandemic

• Joint Base Cape Cod field hospital closes without seeing any coronavirus patients

• Parent company of Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals furloughing about 600 workers, due to financial hit from pandemic

• Joint Base Cape Cod field hospital closes without seeing any coronavirus patients

• 260 Massachusetts pastors send letter to Gov. Baker asking to reopen churches


• Massachusetts reports 1,696 new coronavirus cases and 132 more deaths

• Massachusetts golf courses reopen with strict social distancing guidelines for coronavirus

• Federal judge to issue order allowing Massachusetts gun shops to reopen, citing Second Amendment

• Massachusetts releases new public service announcement promoting contact tracing program

• Encore Boston Harbor Casino, closed since March 15, reports $60 million loss

• 55,000 more file for unemployment in Massachusetts; nearly 800,000 have filed claims since mid-March

• Nearly 3.2 million in U.S. filed for unemployment benefits last week; 33 million lost jobs since virus hit

• Free milk giveaway for local families in need at Boston College High School


• See the latest number of coronavirus cases by city and town

• Massachusetts reports 1,754 new coronavirus cases and 208 more deaths

• Chelsea Soldiers’ Home reports 28 veteran residents who tested positive for the coronavirus have died

• Holyoke Soldiers’ Home reports 72 veteran residents who tested positive for the coronavirus have died

• Secretary of State Bill Galvin proposes expanding voting by mail

• Four F-15s fly over several Massachusetts hospitals to salute heath care workers

• Gov. Charlie Baker holds firm on waiting to reopen businesses as masks become mandatory in Mass.

• Walmart closes Avon, Abington stores temporarily because of coronavirus cases

• Gloucester’s greasy pole contest, St. Peter’s Fiesta postponed due to coronavirus

• Mandatory mask order now in effect across Massachusetts


• Massachusetts reports 1,184 new coronavirus cases and 122 more deaths

• Two men from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are first in nation to be charged with defrauding Paycheck Protection Program

• Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General team up to develop coronavirus vaccine

National study launched on children and coronavirus, includes Boston area families

Free milk giveaway for local families on Thursday in Boston

• Boston’s Small Business Relief Fund gives $2 million in grants to 561 businesses hurt by pandemic

• 54 residents at the Courtyard Nursing Care Center in Medford have died from coronavirus

• 18 on a Navy ship docked in Boston test positive for coronavirus

• Poll shows 85% support non-essential business shut down, stay-at-home advisory in Massachusetts


• Massachusetts reports 1,000 new coronavirus cases and 86 more deaths

• Gov. Charlie Baker says he hopes some businesses will be able to re-open May 18 under guidelines established by Reopening Advisory Board

• Baker says coronavirus hospitalizations have been decreasing in the last several days

• New Hampshire reports 72 new positive tests for a total of 2,588

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says there are 9,929 coronavirus cases in the city and 426 deaths as of Sunday

• Walsh said no students in Boston will be held back this school year because of the pandemic

• F-15s to fly over several Massachusetts hospitals to salute heath care workers Wednesday

• MassDOT says rate of deadly crashes doubled in April, despite 50-percent drop in traffic due to coronavirus


• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 158 new coronavirus deaths and 1,824 additional cases

• The NAACP national convention scheduled for July in Boston has been postponed

• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Massachusetts is among the states joining forces to purchase coronavirus equipment

• The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation closed parking areas at several state parks in order to prevent overcrowding


• Massachusetts reports 1,952 new coronavirus cases, 130 new deaths


• An assisted-living home in Marlboro had all residents and staff tested and all came back coronavirus-negative

• Massachusetts reports 2,106 new coronavirus cases, 154 new deaths

• New Hampshire reports 9 new deaths, 164 additional cases

• Gov. Charlie Baker issues order requiring everyone in Massachusetts to wear a mask in public when they cannot social distance; order goes into effect Wednesday May 6; children under age 2 are exempt

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh warns drivers to slow down on empty city streets, asks everyone to wear a mask and avoid crowds during the nice weather this weekend

• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu implements new “Stay at Home 2.0” order that will be in place until May 30

• Pan-Mass Challenge redefined with shorter rides near home in August because of coronavirus

• Plymouth cancels 4th of July fireworks and parade due to coronavirus concerns

THURSDAY, April 30

• Holyoke Soldiers’ Home reports 83 veteran resident deaths, with 71 testing positive for coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 1,940 new coronavirus cases and 157 more deaths

• Gov. Charlie Baker says 3,856 patients currently in Massachusetts hospitals with coronavirus

• Baker reminds everyone to take the call from MACOVID TEAM if you see that on your phone

• New Hampshire reports 6 new deaths, 96 additional cases

• 70,714 filed for unemployment in Massachusetts last week. More than 700,000 in the state have lost jobs since the coronavirus pandemic began

3.8 million more U.S. workers filed for unemployment in last week, raising total layoffs since coronavirus hit to 30 million nationwide

• Waltham requiring everyone over age 5 to wear masks in public places starting Friday


• The state has released its latest town-by-town report of cases

• Massachusetts reports 252 more coronavirus deaths and 1,963 new cases

• New Hampshire reports 6 new deaths, 50 additional coronavirus cases

• Worcester Walmart closed after 23 employees get coronavirus

• The Boston Resiliency Fund has now raised more than $27 million

• Mayor Walsh asks Boston runners and cyclists to wear face masks outside

• Mayor Walsh extends Boston curfew to May 18

• Gov. Charlie Baker says any decision on reopening golf courses will come from Reopening Advisory Board, which has a plan due May 18

• Baker says 7% of those who tested positive for coronavirus in Massachusetts needed hospitalization

• Massachusetts has now distributed 6.8 million pieces of personal protective equipment

• Falmouth Road Race, Falmouth’s 4th of July fireworks and Barnstable County Fair all cancelled due to coronavirus

TUESDAY, April 28

• Holyoke Soldiers’ Home reports 80 total veteran deaths, with 68 testing positive for coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 1,840 new coronavirus cases and 150 more deaths

• New Hampshire reports 82 new coronavirus cases

• Gov. Charlie Baker extends stay-at-home advisory, closure of non-essential businesses and ban on gatherings of 10 or more in Massachusetts to May 18

• Baker forms 17-member Economic Reopening Advisory Board to re-open Mass. economy in phases, plan due May 18

• Nantucket requests seasonal visitors quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival

• Hy-Line Cruises to require face masks

• Cambridge biotech company Moderna says it’s ready for phase 2 of coronavirus vaccine development

• New Hampshire’s annual Laconia Motorcycle Week moved to August 22 due to coronavirus

MONDAY, April 27

• Massachusetts courts will stay closed to the public through at least June 1

• Massachusetts reports 1,524 new coronavirus cases and 104 more deaths

• New Hampshire announces 75 new coronavirus cases

• Mayor Walsh says there’s “no question” that May 4 is too early for Boston to re-open

Cambridge, Somerville require face masks in public

• JetBlue announced that starting May 4 all customers will be required to wear a face covering during travel

• Baker expects to make announcement later in the week on non-essential business closure order expiring May 4

• Nursing home residents represent 56% of coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, Baker says

“We flattened the curve,” Gov. Charlie Baker says regarding coronavirus cases in Massachusetts

SUNDAY, April 26

• Somerville announced plans to make coronavirus testing more accessible

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 1,590 new coronavirus cases and 169 additional deaths

• The City of Boston announced it will be testing up to 1,000 people for coronavirus antibodies

SATURDAY, April 25

• Massachusetts reports 2,379 new coronavirus cases, 174 new related deaths

• Gov. Baker said the surge took place later than expected

FRIDAY, April 24

• Boston now allowing restaurants to sell groceries

• Cape Cod Baseball League cancels 2020 season

• Holyoke Soldiers’ Home reports 73 veteran resident deaths, with 62 testing positive for coronavirus

• Residents in more than 200 of 386 nursing homes in Massachusetts have been tested for coronavirus

• Mass. DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel returned to work Friday after being out work for nearly four weeks after being diagnosed with the coronavirus

• More than 100,000 self-employed and gig economy workers have filed for unemployment under the state’s new system

• Boston is looking to test its entire homeless population for coronavirus

• A Northeastern University model shows coronavirus spread in Boston in February

• Winthrop threatens $1,000 fine for anyone violating face mask requirement

• More than half of residents at Brookline senior care facility test positive for coronavirus

THURSDAY, April 23

• Holyoke Soldiers’ Home reports 68 veteran deaths with 57 testing positive for coronavirus

• Massachusetts total coronavirus cases rises to 46,023 and 2,360 deaths

• Massachusetts Gaming Commission looking into how casinos can reopen safely

• State releases public service announcement urging people to seek care at hospitals if they are having an emergency medical issue

• More than 80,000 in Massachusetts filed for unemployment last week

• An additional 4.4 million people filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total to about 26.5 million since the middle of March


• Massachusetts releases latest coronavirus numbers by city and town

• Massachusetts reports 221 new deaths and 1,745 more coronavirus cases

• Harvard University changes course and says it will not accept CARES Act funding

• Baker says Massachusetts will “dramatically” increase testing at community health centers

• 56% of the more than 18,000 available hospital beds in Massachusetts remain unoccupied

• Massachusetts has delivered more than 5.3 million pieces of PPE, Baker says

• A Star Market employee in Belmont died of coronavirus complications

TUESDAY, April 21

• Massachusetts reports 1,556 new coronavirus cases and 152 more deaths

• New Hampshire announces 44 new coronavirus cases

• Two Mass. State Police trainees test positive for coronavirus

• Museum Of Science cutting staff in response to pandemic

• Mass. Dept. of Higher Education deferring repayments for non-interest loans for 4 months

• Non-emergency child care centers will remain shut down through June 29, Baker says

• Gov. Baker announces public and private schools in the state will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year

• 90 Tewksbury Hospital staff members, 81 patients test positive for coronavirus

• The Town of Brewster said 60 of 92 residents at Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center tested positive for coronavirus

• Everett is now requiring anyone over the age of five to wear a mask in public. Store owners will be allowed to deny service to anyone not wearing a face covering

MONDAY, April 20

• Massachusetts announces 1,566 new cases of coronavirus, 103 new deaths.

• Baker signs moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during coronavirus emergency

• 16 veterans at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home have died, with 12 testing positive for coronavirus

• 62 veterans at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home have died, with 52 testing positive for coronavirus

• Boston creates Testing Access Map at to find and contact a testing site near you

• Mayor Marty Walsh says there have been 5,516 coronavirus cases and 175 deaths in Boston as of Sunday

• Massachusetts self-employed, gig economy workers can now file for CARES Act unemployment benefits

SUNDAY, April 19

• Drive-through coronavirus testing site opens at urgent care center in Chestnut Hill

• Massachusetts reported 146 new coronavirus deaths and 1,705 additional cases on Sunday

• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state can send 400 ventilators to Massachusetts if needed

• Sound trucks in Boston are driving around the city to share coronavirus safety messages

SATURDAY, April 18

• Eight residents at the Mt. Pleasant senior apartment building in Somerville tested positive for the coronavirus

• Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone issued an order allowing restaurants to sell grocery items

A threatening letter was found at the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley on Wednesday referring to the coronavirus oubreak at the nurising home

Listen to the City of Boston coronavirus public safety message that will be played around the city on DPW trucks beginning at noon on Sunday

• Massachusetts reports 1,970 new coronavirus cases and 156 more deaths

• A Cumberland Farms in Southbridge was closed for cleaning after an employee tested positive for coronavirus

• A 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in Brockton begins Saturday except for those providing or receiving essential coronavirus services

FRIDAY, April 17

Massachusetts reports 2,221 new coronavirus cases and 159 more deaths

• MEMA is distributing 200,000 masks to police and firefighters in Massachusetts

• Seven trucks to ride around Boston this weekend broadcasting coronavirus advisories in seven different languages

• Boston had 4,763 coronavirus cases and 122 deaths as of Thursday

• Taylor Swift cancels Gillette Stadium concerts, 2020 tour due to coronavirus concerns

Laver Cup Boston will hold tennis exhibition at TD Garden in 2021, not 2020

• Worker at Whole Foods in Swampscott dies of coronavirus

• Cambridge-based Moderna to get $483 million from federal government for potential coronavirus vaccine

THURSDAY, April 16

• Massachusetts reports 2,263 new coronavirus cases and 137 more deaths

• Holyoke Soldiers’ Home now reports 52 veteran deaths, with 44 testing positive for coronavirus

• If you get a call from the Contact Tracing Collaborative, the state urges that you take it and help share information to trace the spread of coronavirus

• Massachusetts has conducted 131,023 coronavirus tests as of Wednesday

• Massachusetts has paid unemployment to 315,000 residents this month, triple the amount since the start of March

• 102,828 more people in Massachusetts filed initial unemployment claims last week. 571,304 initial unemployment claims have been filed since March 15

• More than 5.2 million people filed for unemployment last week in the U.S. as coronavirus-related layoffs grow to more than 22 million in four weeks

• Boston Police hold procession for Officer Jose Fontanez who died from coronavirus earlier this week


• Massachusetts releases coronavirus case numbers by cities and towns

• Massachusetts reports 151 new coronavirus deaths and 1,755 more cases

• Forty-seven veterans have now died at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, with 38 testing positive for coronavirus

• Gov. Baker says Massachusetts “is in the surge” of coronavirus cases

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said there have been 84 deaths and 4,286 coronavirus cases in the city

• Massachusetts has conducted 126,551 coronavirus tests at 28 sites across the state

• Gov. Baker says Massachusetts has 17,500 beds suitable for coronavirus treatment so far

• Attorney General Maura Healey unveils new website of resources for front line workers

• Coronavirus pandemic forces city to move One Boston Day events online

TUESDAY, April 14

Massachusetts reports 113 new coronavirus deaths and 1,296 more cases

• 44 veterans have died at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, with 36 testing positive for coronavirus

• A Boston police officer has died from coronavirus complications

• Massachusetts will start giving daily updates on hospital bed capacity in the state

• Baker says two more field hospitals will open up at UMass Lowell and UMass Dartmouth

• Massachusetts has now distributed 3.3 million pieces of personal protective equipment

• Massachusetts Lottery sales take big hit because of coronavirus

• MBTA says ridership has dropped more than 90-percent during the coronavirus crisis

MONDAY, April 13

• 40 veterans have now died at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home with 33 testing positive for coronavirus

Massachusetts reports 1,392 new coronavirus cases and 88 more deaths

• New Hampshire reports 35 new cases

• Massachusetts joins six other Eastern states to coordinate strategies for reopening their economies

• Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury will offer scheduled rapid result testing to all

• Mayor Walsh says coronavirus cases in Boston have doubled in the past week

• Massachusetts manufacturers urged to use grant money to make critical PPE gear

• Massachusetts receives 200 additional ventilators from FEMA

• Gov. Baker says coronavirus testing in Chelsea increasing four-fold as cases surge there

• Chelsea residents who have coronavirus symptoms urged to call MGH Chelsea at (617) 724-7000 to make appointment for testing

SUNDAY, April 12

• Massachusetts reports 2,615 new coronavirus cases, 70 more deaths for a total of 25,475 cases and 756 deaths

• Dick’s Sporting Goods is furloughing most of its 40,000 employees

• Chelsea announced a coronavirus testing site will open at MGH Chelsea on Monday

• Lynn begins a 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. curfew for residents unless they are providing or receiving COVID-19 essential services

SATURDAY, April 11

• A nurse at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley who tested positive for the coronavirus has died

• A team member at the Brighton Whole Foods has tested positive for the coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 1,886 new coronavirus cases for a total of 22,860; 87 new coronavirus-related deaths, for a total of 686

• Gov. Baker tours the Battelle N95 mask decontamination site, says it will clean more than 85,000 masks a day

• Gov. Baker announced a Spanish unemployment application

FRIDAY, April 10

• Grocery store workers are now allowed to use first responder test sites

• Gov. Baker signed a bill that waives MCAS testing for students for the rest of the school year.

• Massachusetts reports 96 new coronavirus deaths and 2,033 more cases

• Gov. Charlie Baker recommends people wear masks in public as coronavirus cases surge

• Amtrak Downeaster service suspended Monday, April 13 through at least April 30

• Massachusetts makes COVID-19 text alert system available in Spanish. Text COVIDMAESP to 888-777

• U.S. Attorney’s Office launches federal investigation into 28 coronavirus deaths at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

• Chelsea reports a coronavirus infection rate higher than New York City

• Lowell store giving away free gasoline for the day to front-line workers in the coronavirus pandemic

• Starting Sunday, Salem to require everyone wear masks in stores


• At the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, there have been 32 veteran resident deaths, 28 of which tested positive for the coronavirus, 69 veteran residents and 68 staff tested positive

• Wilmington town leaders are calling on the state for help after seven seniors at AdviniaCare Wilmington died from coronavirus-related illnesses, most of the center has become infected

• Massachusetts reports 2,151 new coronavirus cases and 70 new deaths

• Gov. Baker issues 3 emergency orders to expand health care capacity: international medical school graduates can be licensed in Mass.; nursing student graduates can practice with supervision and patients treated at field hospitals will be covered by insurance

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announces city has secured 334 beds at various locations for first responders, shelter staff, and veterans living in group homes

• Health Inequities Task Force formed in Boston to address why minorities have been more affected by coronavirus

• Boston announces deal with mortgage lenders to defer payments for up to three months

• Massachusetts gets 100 more ventilators from national stockpile and 5 from Boston Children’s Hospital

• 139,582 filed for unemployment last week in Massachusetts, down 41,841 from the week before; 470,000 claims filed in last 3 weeks

6.6 million more people filed for unemployment last week across the U.S. About one-in-10 workers nationwide have lost their jobs in the last 3 weeks.

• Coronavirus field hospital now open at Worcester’s DCU Center

• Coronavirus field hospital at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) to open Friday

• Massachusetts expands confidential hotline Safe Link (877-785-2020) for domestic violence survivors to now include sexual assault victims


• The Boston Pops Orchestra has cancelled its spring 2020 season

• A worker at a Shaw’s distribution center in Methuen has tested positive for the coronavirus

• Five residents have died of coronavirus at a Brockton care facility, 28 others have tested positive

• The AGs office will investigate the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home now that 27 veterans have died, many of whom tested positive for coronavirus.

• Massachusetts reports 77 new coronavirus deaths and 1,588 more cases

• Massachusetts will start reporting race and ethnicity data in its coronavirus numbers

• Massachusetts is releasing guidelines to hospitals about how to distribute resources like ventilators in a worst-case scenario

• Baker announces steps to protect health care providers and hospitals from lawsuits

• AdviniaCare in Wilmington says 77 out of 91 residents have tested positive for coronavirus

• Attorney General Maura Healey launches investigation into Holyoke Soldiers’ Home where 25 veterans have died

• Big Y will close Easter Sunday and Monday to give retail workers a break

• Massachusetts grocery stores must now limit capacity to 40%

TUESDAY, April 7

• Massachusetts reports 96 new coronavirus deaths and 1,365 more cases

• Gov. Baker said Massachusetts to invest $800 million in hospitals and health care providers to help with lost revenue during coronavirus crisis

• More than 76,000 tests for coronavirus so far in Massachusetts, governor said

• State has delivered 95 of the 100 ventilators it’s received from the federal stockpile

• Massachusetts creates nursing home family resource line: 617-660-5399

• 2,035 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths in Boston as of Monday, according to Mayor Marty Walsh

• Walsh said parking tickets for health care workers will be waived

• Mayor said Boston hospitals will need to add capacity to their morgues because of coronavirus

• Boston Pride is postponing 50th anniversary celebrations until June 2021

• Salem Market Basket employee dies after coronavirus diagnosis

• Coronavirus courier crashed on Seekonk highway, but samples were not damaged

• Everett begins curfew for all non-essential employees to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until April 20.

• Major League Baseball looks at possibly playing all games in Arizona

MONDAY, April 6

• Gov. Charlie Baker and wife Lauren announce COVID-19 relief fund for Massachusetts

• Massachusetts reports 1,337 new coronavirus cases and 29 more deaths

• Four more veterans have died at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

• Tufts University will offer its dorms to house patients, health care workers and first responders

• 37 inmates at Mass. prisons have tested positive (24 at MTC, 8 at Shirley , 4 at Framingham, 1 at Bridgewater). Three inmates have died.

• B.A.A., John Hancock donate 124 Boston Marathon entry bibs to hospitals to boost fundraising

• UMass-Amherst dining services worker tests positive for coronavirus, first confirmed case on campus

• 3 veterans at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home have died from coronavirus

SUNDAY, April 5

• The Department of Public Health announced 15 new deaths and 764 additional cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts as of Sunday

• All sports parks in Boston are closed temporarily. Mayor Marty Walsh said too many people were still playing sports and not practicing social distancing

• A recommended curfew is now in place in Boston for at least the next three weeks. People are asked to not go outside from 9 p.m.-6 a.m.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the city is asking everyone to cover their face when they leave their house in an effort to slow spread of coronavirus. Medical masks are not required, and Walsh says people can use a scarf or cloth instead

• Gov. Baker said he believes the CDC’s latest guidance that people should wear masks in public if they are unable to properly socially distance is “perfectly appropriate”

• Massachusetts received an order of 100 ventilators Saturday night from the federal stockpile. They are being unpacked and will be distributed by the state, Gov. Baker said

• Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited Gillette Stadium, which is set to open as a testing site for first responders


• The Department of Public Health reported 1,334 new positive coronavirus cases and 24 deaths Saturday

• Gillette Stadium will open state’s second COVID-19 testing site for first responders

• Massachusetts Bar postpones July exams until Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

• Brookline postpones the town election originally scheduled for May, moving it to June 9

FRIDAY, April 3

Baker signs bill allowing some restaurants to offer beer and wine with takeout and delivery orders

CDC recommends use of of non-medical masks, President Trump announces

Massachusetts reports 38 new coronavirus deaths and 1,436 new cases

• Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules anyone who is not being held without bail and who has not been charged with a “violent or serious offense” shall be released from jail

• Massachusetts announces COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative as a better way to trace close contacts of those who get infected

• Gov. Baker says more than 56,000 coronavirus tests have been performed so far in Massachusetts

• Free, drive-thru testing for first responders only to begin Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro

• State now says 21 veterans at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home have died, 15 of them tested positive for coronavirus

• Patriots ship 300,000 N95 masks to New York City for the coronavirus crisis there

• James Taylor postpones June 21 concert at Fenway Park

• “Clap Because We Care” event across Massachusetts begins at 7 p.m.


Massachusetts reports 1,228 new coronavirus cases and 32 new deaths

• Three more veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home have died, bringing total number of deaths to 18

• Boston pledges $3 million to help people pay rent and mortgages

• Boston sets up small business relief fund at

• Construction has begun on setting up 500 beds in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

• Mayor Walsh says Boston has seen more than 1,000 cases and 10 deaths from coronavirus

• Gov. Baker says projected coronavirus infections in Massachusetts will range somewhere “between 47,000 and 172,000 cases during the course of the pandemic”

• Baker said projected infection rate could be between 0.7 and 2.5 percent of Massachusetts’ population

• Hospitalizations expected to peak between April 10 and 20

• Massachusetts getting N95 mask decontamination system on Monday, April 6

• Patriots plane flies 1.2 million N95 masks from China to Logan Airport in Boston

• Massachusetts closes state beach parking areas, but beaches stay open and some state parks to open early

• U.S. unemployment claims hit record high 6.6 million due to coronavirus crisis layoffs, doubles last week’s record

• 181,062 applied for unemployment in Massachusetts last week, up from 148,452 the week before

• Worcester Red Sox temporarily stop Polar Park construction to slow coronavirus spread

• A dozen veterans at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home test positive for coronavirus, according to I-Team sources

• MCI Shirley medium security prison in lockdown for 14 days after inmate tests positive


• Massachusetts has reported a total of 122 coronavirus deaths and 7,738 confirmed cases

• An MBTA inspector who died Sunday had coronavirus, sources tell WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano

• 5,176 people currently under quarantine in Massachusetts. 3,218 have been released. Total of those quarantined in state during entire crisis now at 8,394

• Former federal prosecutor to lead independent investigation into Holyoke Soldiers’ Home deaths

• 2 veterans at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home die from coronavirus

• BAA offers entry fee refunds for 2020 Boston Marathon, BAA 5k

• MBTA starts temperature checks on workers to slow spread of coronavirus

• Coronavirus testing booth at Brigham and Women’s Hospital helps conserve protective gear

• Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has 82 employees with coronavirus

• Tufts Medical Center says 66 employees have coronavirus

• Justin Bieber postpones summer tour, including Gillette Stadium show

• Boston Archdiocese launches 90-day fundraiser for parishes in coronavirus crisis

• Celtics guard Marcus Smart donating blood plasma for coronavirus research

TUESDAY, March 31

• There were 33 new coronavirus deaths announced on Tuesday and 868 positive tests. There have now been 89 deaths and 6,620 positive tests

250-bed field hospital to be set up at Worcester’s DCU Center

• Baker says Massachusetts hotels and short-term rentals cannot be booked for vacations

• Baker extends stay-at-home advisory, closure of non-essential businesses until May 4

13 veterans at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke have died, 6 tested positive for COVID-19

• Boston Calling music festival in May canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

• Tufts Medical Center says 64 employees have coronavirus

• Archdiocese of Boston says 7 priests have coronavirus

• Suffolk University says 5 students test positive for coronavirus

• Harvard study connects loss of smell with COVID-19

• Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek donate 10,000 medical masks to Boston Medical Center, NJ hospital

MONDAY, March 30

• 11 dead at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, 5 tests positve for COVID-19

• Mass General Hospital says 115 employees have coronavirus

• Mayor Walsh says basketball nets will be zip-tied and the city will take down street hockey and tennis nets at parks

• Mayor Walsh says there are more than 800 coronavirus cases in Boston

• Massachusetts reports 5,752 coronavirus cases and 56 deaths

• New Hampshire reports 314 coronavirus cases

• Tufts Medical Center says 61 employees have tested positive

• Gov. Charlie Baker says coronavirus surge in Massachusetts could start between April 7 and 17

• Massachusetts to get at least 1,000 ventilators from federal government

• Massachusetts conducted nearly 10,000 coronavirus tests over the weekend, bringing total to nearly 40,000

• Massachusetts averaging about 3,500 COVID-19 tests a day at a total of 21 labs

• Six Flags New England will delay its 2020 opening until at least mid-May

• Macy’s furloughs most of its 130,000 workers as sales collapse because of pandemic

• 62 employees at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have coronavirus

• New Hampshire toll booths stop making change to slow coronavirus spread

SUNDAY, March 29

• President Trump announced the nationwide social distancing guidelines will remain in place until April 30

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 698 new cases of coronavirus and four new deaths. There have now been 4,955 positive tests and 48 deaths

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said a facility in East Boston to test first responders is up and running

• Walsh said people in Boston are not doing enough to social distance, especially by playing sports in city parks

• Massachusetts launched an online portal that will allow companies and individuals to sell or donate much needed medical supplies

• UPS is no longer requiring a signature during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, customers receiving packages may be asked for a photo ID

SATURDAY, March 28

• Hotel Commonwealth is closing until May 2

• A nursing home in Worcester will become the first dedicated coronavirus treatment center 

• Former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tested positive for the coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 1,107 new coronavirus cases, 9 more deaths

• VA Boston temporarily closes community-based clinics in Framingham, Quincy, and Plymouth starting Monday

• Boston City Hall artichect Michael McKinnell passes away from coronavirus

• President Trump approves disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

FRIDAY, March 27

• Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel has tested positive for COVID-19

President Trump signs massive coronavirus relief package

Massachusetts reports 823 new coronavirus cases, 10 more deaths

• New Hampshire reports 29 new positive tests, second death

• Rep. Ayanna Pressley tests negative for the coronavirus

• Mayor Walsh says a testing facility for first responders will open in East Boston Saturday

• Mayor Walsh reminds residents to “stay at home, it will save lives”

• Boston is opening a coronavirus testing site at Suffolk Downs for first responders

• Mayor Walsh says 447 Boston residents have tested positive, two have died

• House approves $2.2 trillion economic rescue package, President Trump expected to sign it

• Gov. Charlie Baker says all travelers to Massachusetts will now have to self-quarantine for 14 days

• Massachusetts extends state income tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15

• Massachusetts needs nurses, respiratory therapists and other health care volunteers to fill immediate openings

• RMV now appointment only with “no walk-in” policy due to coronavirus

• Boston Catholics allowed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent due to coronavirus

• Brigham and Women’s Hospital now has 51 employees with coronavirus

• British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

• The U.S. now has the most coronavirus cases in the world – 85,000 – moving past China, where it started

THURSDAY, March 26

• Massachusetts now has 25 coronavirus deaths and 2,417 confirmed cases

• Massachusetts requests major disaster declaration from federal government

• The four Massachusetts medical schools are graduating medical students early to help fight the coronavirus

• Newton Pavillion facility in South End will be temporarily re-opened to treat homeless population

• Massachusetts now has 21 labs conducting coronavirus tests

• 7 coronavirus cases reported at Revere senior living facility

• Boston University postpones May commencement ceremony to late August or early Fall

• US unemployment claims soar to record 3.3 million as layoffs from coronavirus cripple economy

• In Massachusetts 147,992 people filed for unemployment last week alone

• MBTA now says a total of 5 employees have coronavirus

• 8 Boston Police officers have coronavirus

• Massachusetts General Hospital says 41 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

• Boston Medical Center says 15 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

• Brigham & Women’s Hospital says 45 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

• Worker at Market Basket in Chelmsford tested positive for coronavirus, last worked on March 15

• Senate passes $2.2 trillion plan to stimulate the economy, now moves to House for vote


• Massachusetts reports 15 deaths and 1,838 confirmed coronavirus cases

• Gov. Baker lifts ban on plastic grocery bags and says stores cannot charge for bags

• Gov. Baker will order grocery stores and pharmacies to make one hour a day exclusively for shoppers over 60

• Gov. Baker orders schools statewide to stay closed until May 4

• Rep. Seth Moulton to self-quarantine after experiencing coronavirus symptoms

• After experiencing flu-like symptoms, Rep. Ayanna Pressley has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results

• 3 MBTA bus drivers test positive for coronavirus

• 197 coronavirus cases in Boston so far and 21 have made full recoveries

• 2147 Mass. residents under quarantine, 1655 have completed quarantine

• Mayor Marty Walsh announced Boston is providing several new resources for small businesses

• Walsh allows temporary use of plastic bags at Boston stores

• 2 Boston University students, 1 staff member test positive for coronavirus

• Nantucket Hospital asks travelers to stay away from the island

• White House, Senate agree to $2 trillion coronavirus pandemic stimulus deal

• Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

• BU lab to use live coronavirus to test thousands of drugs for treatment

• Coronavirus patient rode 4 buses between Logan Airport and Concord, NH, health officials say

TUESDAY, March 24

• Massachusetts reports 11 coronavirus deaths and 1,159 confirmed cases

• Massachusetts launches new coronavirus text alerts for residents: text COVIDMA to 888777 to sign up for updates

• Nearly 9,000 coronavirus tests completed, up from 6,000 Sunday, and 10 additional labs submitting test results to DPH

• All non-essential businesses in-person operations in Massachusetts closed at noon

• Two Boston firefighters test positive for coronavirus

• Baker proposes allowing Mass. restaurants to offer beer and wine with takeout and delivery

• Harvard President Larry Bacow and his wife test positive for coronavirus and are being treated at home

• MIT moves May commencement online

• Emerson College postpones commencement

• One Boston EMS worker tests positive for coronavirus

• Employee at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department tests positive for coronavirus

• Salvation Army closes dropoff locations, suspends pickup service due to coronavirus

• Mass Audubon, Trustees of Reservations shut down outdoor facilities due to coronavirus

• Tokyo Olympics officially postponed to 2021 by International Olympic Committee

MONDAY, March 23

Massachusetts reports 9 deaths, 777 confirmed coronavirus cases

Boston Resiliency Fund has raised $17 million from more than 1,500 donors

• Boston will get advice on battling the coronavirus from retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s consulting firm

• Mayor Walsh reminds residents there is no need to panic-buy or hoard groceries

• Mayor Walsh says a second Boston resident has died of coronavirus

• Here’s a list of “essential” businesses and services that can remain open in Massachusetts

• Gov. Baker: “Everyone is advised to stay home and limit all unnecessary activities.”

• Gov. Baker orders non-essential businesses to close starting Tuesday at noon

• CVS will be adding 50,000 jobs and give its employees bonuses for their work during the coronavirus pandemic

• Monday marks the first day all Massachusetts daycares must be closed, with the exception of facilities allowed to stay open to care for children of essential workers

• A complete list of Exempt Emergency Childcare programs can be found online

SUNDAY, March 22

• Star Markets and Shaw’s stores are installing plexiglass dividers between customers and cashiers in checkout lanes

• CambridgeSide announced the shopping center will close starting Sunday until at least March 29

• The town of Whitman ordered all non-essential businesses to close on Monday

• There were 121 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 646

• The Department of Public Health announced three more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the death total to five

• Nantucket reports first coronavirus case; shelter-in-place order issued for the island

• A Boston Police officer tested positive for coronavirus

• Market Basket changing store hours to 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Senior shopping hours Tues-Thurs 5:30-7 a.m.

• Beginning Sunday, Best Buy will begin “contactless curbside service” for customers

SATURDAY, March 21

• A woman in her 50s from Middlesex County becomes the second person to die from the coronavirus in Massachusetts

• A VA Boston nurse in Brockton tests positive for the coronavirus

• A student at Attleboro High school tests positive for the coronavirus

• Coronavirus cases in Massachusetts grow by 112, bringing total to 525

•  Somerville Mayor Joseph Curatone orders many businesses to close, urges Gov. Baker to enact a shelter in place

• Gov. Charlie Baker said the state’s ability to test for coronavirus has grown significantly and announced emergency daycare sites will open Monday

• Gloucester has ordered all “personal care businesses” including hair salons, tanning salons, and gyms close by Sunday

• The drive-thru coronavirus test site at CVS in Shrewsbury officially opens from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, by appointment only

• An inmate at Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater tested positive for COVID-19

FRIDAY, March 20

• One employee at one at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence has tested positive for coronavirus

• The MBTA asks passengers on the Green Line and on the Mattapan line at ground level stops to use the back door to aid social distancing

• Nine workers at Brigham and Women’s tested positive for the coronavirus

• Ten workers at Tufts Medical Center tested positive for the coronavirus

• The City of Worcester opened an emergency shelter at the North High School at 4 p.m.

• The Massachusetts RMV extended motor vehicle inspections and commercial driver’s license and permit deadlines

• The City of Braintree has ordered personal care businesses to close (hair salons, nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo shops)

• College of the Holy Cross said they would do an in-person graduation ceremony

• Brigham and Women’s Hospital is testing an experimental drug called remdesivir that could treat coronavirus

• AG Maura Healey said 20,000 people filed for unemployment in Massachusetts on Monday

• The BBB warned the public that scammers will try and take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic

• Boston Water and Sewer Commission warns residents not to put anything but toilet paper in the toilet

• Massachusetts reports 413 confirmed cases of coronavirus

•  Mayor Walsh says Boston hospitals still need supplies, asks for donations

•  Mayor Walsh says there are 67 cases of coronavirus in Boston

•  Massachusetts Life Sciences companies asked to donate equipment to healthcare providers

•  Gov. Baker says administration will be taking action to make sure homeowners and renters are protected

•  Gov. Baker re-iterates that no shelter-in-place order is being planned in Massachusetts

•  Harvard postpones May commencement ceremony

•  Massachusetts reports first coronavirus death, Suffolk County man in his 80s had pre-existing health conditions

•  Donations to Boston Resiliency Fund exceed $15 million, Mayor Walsh says

•  Somerville has suspended “all personal services and general retail” starting Sunday, excluding grocery stores, laundromats, and stores selling essential goods

•  President Trump says student loan payments can be suspended for 60 days with no penalty

•  Tax Day moved from April 15 to July 15, Treasury Secretary says

•  Hannafords will donate $250,000 to food banks across New England and New York

RMV locations in Wilmington and Milford will be open on Friday, but only for commercial transactions

Kohl’s joined the list of stores that will close due to coronavirus. The store hopes to reopen on April 1

THURSDAY, March 19

• Celtics guard Marcus Smart tested positive, but said he is feeling good

• Gov. Baker activates Massachusetts National Guard to support coronavirus response

• New MA numbers:  328 coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, up 72 since Wednesday

• Ex-Biogen employee investigated for travel to China while sick

• Nurses Union tells Gov. Baker there isn’t enough personal protective equipment

• Steamship Authority delays start of high-speed ferry service to Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority until April 24

• Elderly resident at Cape Cod Senior Residences in Pocasset diagnosed with coronavirus

• Tufts University student tests positive for the coronavirus; student is in isolation and receiving care

• Brigham and Women’s hospital will no longer allow visitors except in special circumstances

• State Department advises Americans to avoid all international travel

• Gov. Baker Tells President Trump Massachusetts has lost out to the federal government in bids for supplies

• Coronavirus pandemic pushing gas prices down nationwide and in Massachusetts

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