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

TUESDAY, January 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Lowell Public Schools extend remote learning to February 22

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

MONDAY, January 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, January 24

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

SATURDAY, January 23

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

FRIDAY, January 22

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

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gets coronavirus vaccine

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

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

THURSDAY, January 21

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

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

222 Massachusetts communities considered high risk for COVID

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, January 20

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

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

TUESDAY, January 19

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

• CVS, Walgreens to distribute COVID vaccines to eligible residents

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

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

• Massachusetts schools now enforcing new remote and hybrid learning rules

MONDAY, January 18

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

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

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

SUNDAY, January 17

• First case of COVID-19 variant confirmed in Massachusetts

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

SATURDAY, January 16

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

FRIDAY, January 15

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

• Saugus halts plans to reopen schools

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

• First COVID vaccines given out at Gillette Stadium

THURSDAY, January 14

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, January 13

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

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

TUESDAY, January 12

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, January 11

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

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

• COVID-19 vaccinations begin for first responders in Massachusetts

SUNDAY, January 10

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

• Celtics-Heat game postponed due to COVID

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

SATURDAY, January 9

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

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

FRIDAY, January 8

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

• Massachusetts surpasses 400,000 reported COVID cases

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

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

THURSDAY, January 7

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, January 6

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

• Flu activity currently lower than last 2 seasons in Massachusetts

TUESDAY, January 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, January 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, January 3

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

SATURDAY, January 2

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

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

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

FRIDAY, January 1

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

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

THURSDAY, Dec. 31

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30

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

• COVID hospitalizations in Massachusetts up 129% in last month

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

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

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

• Study finds more new moms struggling with depression in pandemic

• Moderna makes coronavirus vaccine available to its employees

TUESDAY, Dec. 29

• Massachusetts reports 3.659 new COVID cases and 58 additional deaths

• Second COVID surge outpacing first at Worcester field hospital

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, Dec. 28

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, Dec. 27

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

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

SATURDAY, Dec. 26

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

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

FRIDAY, Dec. 25

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

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

THURSDAY, Dec. 24

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

• Massachusetts reports 5.655 new COVID cases, 76 additional deaths

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

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

• Massachusetts is launching a new weekly COVID vaccine tracking dashboard

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY, Dec. 22

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, Dec. 21

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

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

SUNDAY, Dec. 20

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

SATURDAY, Dec. 19

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

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

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

FRIDAY, Dec. 18

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY, Dec. 17

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16

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

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY, Dec. 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, Dec. 14

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, Dec. 13

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

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

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

SATURDAY, Dec. 12

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

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

FRIDAY, Dec. 11

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

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

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

• Massachusetts cities and towns prepare for vaccine distribution

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

THURSDAY, Dec. 10

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

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

• Commuter Rail reducing service because of COVID-19 absences

• Boston announces outdoor dining plan for 2021

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

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY, Dec. 8

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

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

• New COVID testing site opens in Falmouth

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

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

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

MONDAY, Dec. 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, Dec. 6

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

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

SATURDAY, Dec. 5

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

FRIDAY, Dec. 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY, Dec. 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2

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

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

COVID-19 cluster linked to private club in East Bridgewater

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

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

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY, Dec. 1

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

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

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

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

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

• Poll finds many in Massachusetts unlikely to get coronavirus vaccine

MONDAY, Nov. 30

• Massachusetts reports 1,166 new cases, 25 deaths

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, Nov. 29

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

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

SATURDAY, Nov. 28

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

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

FRIDAY, Nov. 27

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

81 Massachusetts towns considered high risk for COVID-19 infections

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

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

THURSDAY, Nov. 26

• 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

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25

• 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

SATURDAY, Nov. 21

• 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

THURSDAY, Nov. 19

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

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18

• 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

SATURDAY, Nov. 14

• 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

THURSDAY, Nov. 12

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

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11

• 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

SATURDAY, Nov. 7

• 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

THURSDAY, Nov. 5

• 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

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4

• 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.

TUESDAY, Nov. 3

• 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

SATURDAY, Oct. 31

• 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

THURSDAY, Oct. 29

• 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

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28

• 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

SATURDAY, Oct. 24

• 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

THURSDAY, Oct. 22

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

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21

• 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

SATURDAY, Oct. 17

• 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

THURSDAY, Oct. 15

• 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

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14

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

SATURDAY, Oct. 10

• 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

THURSDAY, Oct. 8

• 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

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7

• 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”

TUESDAY, Oct. 6

• 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

SATURDAY, Oct. 3

• 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

THURSDAY, Oct. 1

• 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

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30

• 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

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23

• 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