FRIDAY, August 7

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

THURSDAY, August 6

• Massachusetts reports 162 new coronavirus cases, 32 additional deaths

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, August 5

• Massachusetts reports 338 new coronavirus cases, 2 additional deaths

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

• Moderna says coronavirus vaccine study should complete enrollment in September

TUESDAY, August 4

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

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

Weymouth High School graduation canceled after students attend unauthorized football camp

• Massachusetts reports 438 new coronavirus cases and nine more deaths

Salem announces cancellations, changes to annual Halloween plans

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

MONDAY, August 3

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

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

• Massachusetts reports 165 new coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths

• 2 more Falmouth lifeguards test positive for coronavirus

SUNDAY, August 2

• Massachusetts reports 353 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths

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

SATURDAY, August 1

• Massachusetts reports 290 new cases, 17 additional deaths

• Massachusetts travel order begins

FRIDAY, July 31

• Boston schools planning for remote or hybrid reopening this fall

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

THURSDAY, July 30

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

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

• Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels fall season

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

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

WEDNESDAY, July 29

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

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

• Moderna says its’ cororavirus vaccine shows promise in monkeys

TUESDAY, July 28

• Massachusetts reports 178 new coronavirus cases and 14 more deaths

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

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

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

• Eight Falmouth lifeguards test positive for coronavirus

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

MONDAY, July 27

• Massachusetts reports 182 new coronavirus cases and 7 more deaths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, July 26

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

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

SATURDAY, July 25

• Massachusetts reports 210 new cases, 12 deaths

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

• Vermont issues mask mandate starting August 1

FRIDAY, July 24

• Massachusetts reports 214 new cases, 14 deaths

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

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

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

THURSDAY, July 23

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, July 22

• Massachusetts reports 192 new cases, 18 deaths

Coronavirus cluster linked to Chatham house party

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

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

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

TUESDAY, July 21

• Massachusetts reports 165 more coronavirus cases and 17 new deaths

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

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

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

MONDAY, July 20

• Massachusetts reports one new coronavirus death, 174 more cases

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

• $600 weekly unemployment benefit expires this week

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

SUNDAY, July 19

• Massachusetts reports 12 new coronavirus deaths and 218 more cases

SATURDAY, July 18

• Massachusetts reports 177 new coronavirus cases and 17 more deaths

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

FRIDAY, July 17

• Massachusetts reports 216 new coronavirus cases and 21 more deaths

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

• City of Salem requires masks in downtown and city parks and playgrounds

• $176 million class action lawsuit filed in connection with outbreak at Holyoke Soldiers Home

• Somerville delays Phase 3 opening until at least August 3

• Massachusetts unemployment rate rose to 17.4% in June, highest in the country

THURSDAY, July 16

• At least one Melrose High School student has tested positive for COVID-19

• Massachusetts reports 143 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urges everyone to get a coronavirus test

• Massachusetts saw 23,665 unemployment benefit claims last week, a drop of over 3,000 from the week before

Town-by-town data shows coronavirus case counts in last two weeks

WEDNESDAY, July 15

• Massachusetts reports 142 new coronavirus cases, 27 more deaths

• The Head Of The Charles regatta will be held remotely this October

• A new Mass General Brigham study found that masks significantly cut coronavirus cases among health care workers

TUESDAY, July 14

• Massachusetts reports 203 new coronavirus cases, 10 more deaths

• The Patriots expect to limit capacity to 20% at Gillette Stadium if fans are allowed to attend games

• Boston is launching a summer food truck initiative

• Mayor Walsh says ban on plastic bags and 5-cent bag fee will remain suspended through September in Boston

MONDAY, July 13

• Massachusetts reports 154 new coronavirus cases and 5 more deaths

• Baker announces $16.1 million relief package for 32 special education residential school providers

• Massachusetts launches new website for reporting businesses that are not complying with reopening rules

• Boston entered Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, meaning gyms, museums, and other services can return to business

SUNDAY, July 12

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 172 new coronavirus cases and 15 additional deaths

SATURDAY, July 11

• Massachusetts reports 167 new coronavirus cases, 14 more deaths

FRIDAY, July 10

• Massachusetts reports 152 coronavirus cases, 28 more deaths

• Somerville has delayed its planned Phase 3 reopening to July 20

• Mayor Marty Walsh said Boston is on schedule to begin Phase 3 of reopening Monday

• Walsh said he hopes to announce a reopening plan for Boston schools in a week to ten days

• Free coronavirus testing sites opened Friday in eight of the hardest hit cities in Massachusetts

• Volunteers wanted for an experimental coronavirus vaccine. You can register online to take part in clinical trials

THURSDAY, July 9

• Massachusetts reports 177 new coronavirus cases and 25 more deaths

• Two more hand sanitizer brands recalled for methanol, including one sold in Massachusetts

• Duxbury baseball games postponed after player possibly exposed to COVID

• 26,755 new unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts, a drop of almost 3,000 from previous week

WEDNESDAY, July 8

• 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

TUESDAY, July 7

• 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

SATURDAY, July 4

• 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

THURSDAY, July 2

• 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

WEDNESDAY, July 1

• 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

SATURDAY, June 27

• 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

THURSDAY, June 25

• 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

WEDNESDAY, June 24

• 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

SATURDAY, June 20

• 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, mass.gov/GetTested

• 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

THURSDAY, June 18

• 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

WEDNESDAY, June 17

• 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

SATURDAY, June 13

• 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

THURSDAY, June 11

• 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

WEDNESDAY, June 10

• 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

TUESDAY, June 9

• 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

SATURDAY, June 6

• 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.

THURSDAY, June 4

• 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

WEDNESDAY, June 3

• 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

TUESDAY, June 2

• 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

SATURDAY, May 30

• 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

THURSDAY, May 28

• 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.

WEDNESDAY, May 27

• 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

TUESDAY, May 26

• 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

SATURDAY, May 23

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

THURSDAY, May 21

• 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

WEDNESDAY, May 20

• 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

TUESDAY, May 19

• 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

SATURDAY, May 16

• 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

THURSDAY, May 14

• 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

WEDNESDAY, May 13

• 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

TUESDAY, May 12

• 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.

SATURDAY, May 9

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

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

FRIDAY, May 8

• 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

THURSDAY, May 7

• 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

WEDNESDAY, May 6

• 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

TUESDAY, May 5

• 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

MONDAY, May 4

• 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

SUNDAY, May 3

• 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

SATURDAY, May 2

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

FRIDAY, May 1

• 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

WEDNESDAY, April 29

• 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

WEDNESDAY, April 22

• 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 bphc.org 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

WEDNESDAY, April 15

• 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 frontlineMA.org 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

THURSDAY, April 9

• 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

WEDNESDAY, April 8

• 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

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