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A word of caution and some advice regarding #COVID19 from @RWalensky and other experts from @The_BMC @TuftsMedicalCtr @BrighamWomens @newtonwellesley @MassGeneralNews @BIDMChealth @LaheyHospital. https://t.co/Mk151pcekx— Mass General Research Institute (@MGH_RI) March 14, 2020
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Sunday, March 15
799 patients tested by Mass. State Public Health Lab
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said that as of 10:45 a.m. today, 799 patients had been tested by the Massachusetts State Public Health Lab. Yesterday, the number was 475, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
Clinicians are required to only submit one nasal swab, rather than the previous requirement to submit both nasal and throat swabs, according to the statement. With this change in clinical testing protocols, the State Lab’s testing capacity will increase to approximately 400 patients a day, up from 200 patients a day.
Third Framingham resident tests positive for COVID-19
The city was told that a third Framingham resident has tested positive for the virus. They say the resident is in isolation at home and isn’t related to two previous positive cases in the town.
South Boston bars and restaurants to close
Following advice of public health officials to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, South Boston bars and restaurants will be closed today as part of a voluntary agreement, according to Massachusetts State Senator Nick Collins.
Collins posted on his official Facebook page writing, “Thank you to Mayor Walsh, my fellow South Boston elected officials and neighbors, the Licensing Board and license holders in South Boston for working with us and taking these sound proactive measures to protect the public’s health. We are all in this together and it’s imperative now that we all do all that we can to keep our communities safe.”
Here’s a list of establishments that have agreed to voluntarily close on March 15:
- Fat Baby
- The Junction
- The Playwright
- Roza Lyons
- Back Yard Betty’s
- Cambria Hotel (will service hotel guests only)
Barnstable Public Schools, Community Innovation Schools closed for two weeks
The Cape’s first confirmed case of coronavirus has affected a spouse of a staff member at Barnstable Community Innovation School, according to a release by Barnstable Public Schools. That staff member, whose last day of work was March 6, is symptomatic, in self-quarantine, and undergoing testing.
BPS recommends that all staff and students from Barnstable Community Innovation School quarantine for at least the next few days while awaiting test results. A full quarantine would be through March 20.
Barnstable Community Innovation School is immediately closed to all staff, and will undergo deep cleaning this week.
All Barnstable Public Schools are closed for at least two weeks and will undergo deep cleaning beginning the second week.
Stop and Shop adjusting hours, pickup and delivery services
The grocery store chain released a statement saying it’s continuing to "prioritize the safety and well-being of our customers and associates.”
Because of such high demand for groceries and so many stores having shortages, most locations are changing their hours to 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting March 16 until further notice. This is so associates can unload deliveries and restock shelves. Check your local location as there may be some exceptions.
Also because demand is so high, pickup services are temporarily suspended and home deliveries may be delayed as associates need to shock shelves. Pickup services will resume once more product is available.
Stop and Shop said it is continuing to maintain high levels of hygiene and sanitation, wiping down checkout areas including the belts and pin pads.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital says worker tests positive for virus
The hospital released a statement Sunday morning saying it was “inevitable that health care workers will be infected, as is now the case at the Brigham.” They said they are in the process of contacting patients and staff who may have been exposed.
They have been in close contact with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission.
“We will continue to follow their and CDC’s guidance, as well as the advice of our own infectious diseases experts as the situation continues to evolve,” they said in a statement.
“The Brigham Health community has been preparing for this eventuality and has taken every precaution to protect our patients, their loved ones and our staff during this unprecedented pandemic.”
Saturday, March 14
Mass. Eye and Ear employee tests positive for COVID-19
One healthcare professional at Mass. Eye and Ear has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Boston Public Health Commission. The hospital told Boston 25 News that an employee there had been exposed to COVID-19.
It was not mentioned what position the person held at the hospital, only that he-or-she was a “healthcare professional.” Mass Eye and Ear released the following statement to Boston 25 News:
“As Coronavirus spreads across the globe, it has become inevitable that health care workers will be exposed to COVID-19, as is now the case for a Mass. Eye and Ear healthcare professional. Mass. Eye and Ear is reaching out to patients and fellow staff who may have come in contact with this individual, who is at home and isolated. The entire Mass. Eye and Ear community has been prepared for this and taken every precaution possible to protect patients, providers and staff, including use of personal protective equipment, reducing non-urgent patient visits, limiting visitors, and implementing social distancing for essential staff. Mass. Eye and Ear is deeply committed to providing safe and high quality care to patients and will continue to do so throughout this public health emergency.”
The hospital did not say at which location that employee worked at, but did say he-or-she has been tested and is in isolation.
MIT suspends all campus research
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has suspended all campus research, according to a report from The Tech, an MIT student news outlet. The only research that will still be allowed to continue on the school’s campus is work that will help the understanding of and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
15 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Mass.
The Massachusetts Department of Health announced on Saturday that there are now 15 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the Commonwealth’s total to 138.
Out of those 138 cases, 19 have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the remainder are presumptive positive cases confirmed by Mass. DPH.
On Friday, 18 cases had been confirmed by the CDC with 123 total cases in Massachusetts at that time.
First COVID-19 case on Cape Cod announced
The first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Barnstable County has been announced in a patient who was admitted to a Cape Cod hospital, according to Cape Cod Healthcare. That positive case was confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Health.
That patient will remain hospitalized until they are stable enough to return home for the remainder of their quarantine, Cape Cod Healthcare announced. All staff who have come into contact with that patient are being monitored.
First confirmed case of COVID-19 announced in Worcester
The City of Worcester has announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the city. The patient is currently in isolation and is being monitored by the Department of Health. According to city officials, the confirmed case is related to the late-February Biogen conference that took place in Boston.
Currently, five other people are awaiting testing for COVID-19 in Worcester.
The city also announced that the Worcester Public Library will be closed starting at the end of the day Sunday.
Public advisory regarding COVID-19. One confirmed positive case pic.twitter.com/UX07oiSfHt— City of Worcester (@TweetWorcester) March 14, 2020
Worcester County Superintendents Association announce more school closures
The Worcester County Superintendents Association has announced additional school closures for nearly two dozen districts in the county, according to a release from the association. The following schools will be closed for one week and are set to reopen on March 23:
- Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District
- Fitchburg Public Schools
- Berlin-Boylston Regional
- Grafton Public Schools
- Leicester Public Schools
- Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
- Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District
Additionally, the following schools will be closed for two weeks, with a planned reopening date of March 30:
- Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School District
- Blackstone-Millville Regional School District
- Dudley-Charlton Regional School District
- Gardner Public Schools
- Lunenburg Public Schools
- Maynard Public Schools
- Millbury Public Schools
- Narragansett Regional School District
- Nashoba Regional School District
- North Brookfield Public School District
- Oxford Public School District
- Quabbin Regional School District
- Tantasqua Regional & Union 61 Districts
- Webster Public School District
- West Boylston Public Schools
- Winchendon Public Schools
Masconomet Regional School District to close for two weeks
The Regional District will be closed from March 15 to 29. The superintendent had closed schools March 13 to 15 for a deep cleaning of the building and the plan was to reopen on March 16, but that’s changed.
Marblehead Public Schools close for two weeks
Marblehead Public Schools will be closed through March 27. Admins and 12-month staff should report on Monday, March 16.
Wilmington Public Schools close for two weeks
All schools in the district will close for a minimum of two weeks, March 16 to 27.
Gov. Baker announces the start of a coronavirus command center
During a news conference Saturday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the creation of a new coronavirus Response Command Center. Marylou Sudders, Health and Human Services Secretary, will lead the response. The Command Center will be the Commonwealth’s single point of strategic decision-making and coordination for the Administration’s response to coronavirus.
Related: Massachusetts to expand testing for COVID-19
The Command Structure will allow experts to make advances on working to expand lab capacity for testing, planning quarantine operations, and coordinating communication and guidance across government, among others, according to a release from the state.
Baker said that the Department of Public Health will post new testing data every Wednesday. As of Friday, March 13, the lab has tested 475 patients.
It was also announced at the news conference that for patients on Mass Health, the state will allow 90-day prescriptions and early refills.
#Massachusetts establishes a COVID-19 "Response Command Center."— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) March 14, 2020
"The Command Center will have complete authority and discretion to tap whatever state funds are necessary. This includes the $15 million recently appropriated by the Legislature for Coronavirus."@boston25 pic.twitter.com/YAle4O1tzN
Massachusetts’ three casinos to temporarily shut down amid COVID-19 concerns
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously to temporarily suspend operations at Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino. It anticipates that the gaming floor will close to patrons at 5:59 a.m. on Sunday, March 15.
VOTE: Commissioners have voted unanimously to a temporary suspension of operations at @EncoreResortBH , @MGMSpringfield and @PlainridgePark. An expeditious and orderly shutdown process is underway. This decision will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Additional details to follow. pic.twitter.com/R4w9okXbVw— MA Gaming Commission (@MassGamingComm) March 14, 2020
Brookline Public Schools, Public Library buildings closed for two weeks
Brookline Public Schools, The Soule Early Childhood Education Center, Eliot After School Program, Brookline Senior Center and Brookline Public Library buildings will be closed for two weeks, through at least March 27.
As part of the closure, all senior center, school, library and recreation activities, including sports, are cancelled.
Friday, March 13
Another presumptive positive case in NH
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced another presumptive positive COVID-19 test in the state. The patient, who is the seventh COVID-19 case in the state, is an adult female from Rockingham County.
The New Hampshire DHHS has announced that the patient was at the Manchester branch of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles on March 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. That DMV is located on South Willow Street in the city.
25 school districts and programs close through March 22
The Tri-County Superintendents Roundtable, which is compromised of school districts and special education collaboratives in Massachusetts, announced that they will close 25 school districts and programs through March 22. The decision is an attempt to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 to those school communities.
The following schools and programs will be closed for at least the next nine days:
- ACCEPT Collaborative
- King Philip Regional
- Norfolk County Agricultural School
- South Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical School
- The Education Cooperative
- Tri-County Regional Vocational School
Mayor Marty Walsh announces all Boston Public Schools will be closed through the end of April
On Friday evening, Mayor Marty Walsh announced all Boston Public Schools will be closed starting on Tuesday, March 17 through April 27 due to coronavirus concerns.
Walsh says they will have more information for parents on Sunday night, they are working out a lot of logistics. Added that they are also working to make sure school employees continue to get paid @boston25— Kirsten Glavin (@kirstenglavin) March 13, 2020
All Worcester Public Schools to close until April 6
The Worcester Public School district announced all schools will be closed until April 6 due to coronavirus concerns. The Durkin Administration Building will be open to employees and closed to the public but available by telephone.
Swampscott Public Schools to close for two weeks
Public schools in Swampscott will be closed from March 16 to 27 as coronavirus fears grow.
Stoneham Public Schools closed for two weeks
Stoneham officials announced that all public schools in the district would be closed for two weeks due to coronavirus concerns.
NH Gov. Chris Sununu declares State of Emergency
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced that he has declared a State of Emergency in New Hampshire via Executive Order.
“This declaration will allow the state to remain on top of this rapidly evolving situation,” the governor said on his official Twitter account.
There were six COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire as of Thursday morning, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Of those six cases, two have been confirmed by the CDC while four are presumptive positive cases.
THREAD: Today I am signing an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in New Hampshire. While the current risk remains low, we are taking preventative steps today to ensure that all state resources are at the ready to respond and deploy in a moments notice. (1/4)— Chris Sununu (@GovChrisSununu) March 13, 2020
Dartmouth Public Schools to close for a week
While no known cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the schools, Dartmouth Public Schools have announced they will be closing from March 16 to March 20 so buildings can be deep cleaned.
Quincy Public Schools to close for two weeks
Quincy Public Schools will be closed for two weeks, with an anticipated re-opening on Monday, March 30. The last day of school for Quincy Public Schools students will be now be Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24 for staff.
Archdiocese of Boston announces temporary suspension of daily and Sunday Mass in response to COVID-19 outbreak
In efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Cardinal O’Malley announced on Friday the Archdiocese of Boston would be suspending all daily and Sunday Mass services in an effort to help people practice social distancing. The decision goes into effect on Saturday, March 14.
The Cardinal has also issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston. Catholics can still participate in the daily and Sunday Masses broadcast from the CatholicTV chapel.
Mass DPH announces 15 new COVID-19 cases, state total up to 123
15 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported by the Massachusetts Department of Health, bringing the total number of cases in the state up to 123. Out of those cases, 18 have been confirmed by the CDC.
President Trump declares a national emergency over the COVID-19 outbreak
From an address at the White House Rose Garden, President Trump announced he is declaring a national emergency in efforts to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
Scituate Public Schools to close for two weeks
Scituate Public Schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Over the next two weeks, officials will reassess to determine if a longer closure is warranted.
Weymouth officials announce emergency declaration
Weymouth mayor Robert Hedlund announced a state of emergency for the town.
Baker bans gatherings of 250-plus, testing capacity to increase
Gatherings of over 250 people have been banned in the Commonwealth until further notice, Governor Charlie Baker announced Friday afternoon.
“This impact is already being felt by everyone,” Baker said. “It’s hard to believe and certainly disappointing and upsetting for everybody. The time period we are in now marks an important moment in what we do to mitigate the spread of COVID-19."
Baker said waiting to act would cause a spike in cases and necessity for healthcare services that could overwhelm our system’s capacity.
This order does not apply to government buildings, typical office settings or restaurants - provided they should, when possible, encourage social distancing.
It also does not apply to normal operations at airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, polling locations, grocery or retail stores, or other spaces where 250 or more persons may be in transit.
The state currently has 108 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
The state lab is working 24 hours and can complete about 200 tests per day, the secretary of public health announced. She added that the state’s capacity for tests would increase to 400 per day over the weekend.
Two local, private labs have been approved by the federal government to complete testing. Baker said the state would have a number of tests that have been completed on Wednesday when the weekly data around quarantining is released.
The state has also launched a 2-1-1 line to offer information and frequently asked question answers.
Baker said the state will not mandate all schools close across the Commonwealth. But schools will shut down on a district-by-district basis.
“Shutting schools down completely does not appear to be the appropriate thing to do right now,” Baker said. “Right now, the Department of Public Health is recommending what I could call a surgical and fact-based approach on an individual school district level."
For more information on the order issued today, click here.
Social distancing is encouraged whenever possible.
The Masters postponed
The Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club made the announcement Friday morning.
Statement from Chairman Ridley:— The Masters (@TheMasters) March 13, 2020
"Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone @TheMasters, @anwagolf and @DriveChipPutt National Finals."
Full details at https://t.co/FX2AN1MLsY pic.twitter.com/Z2DjS5TYdG
Boston Marathon postponed
Mayor Marty Walsh announces that the 2020 Boston Marathon will be postponed until Sept. 14.
Runners are advised not to attempt to run the marathon route in April. Streets will not be blocked off and medical staff will not be available.
MORE: Boston Marathon postponed amid COVID-19 containment measures
BREAKING: Officials have just announced that the 2020 Boston Marathon has been POSTPONED— Boston 25 News (@boston25) March 13, 2020
CONTINUING COVERAGE: https://t.co/qAl7X7iypc pic.twitter.com/KUVMDW5Vxq
Mayor Walsh updates public on Boston’s protocols for coronavirus
Mayor Marty Walsh has issued a memo with infection control guidelines. These guidelines must be met to host an event in the city of Boston.
- Arrange for enhanced cleaning before and after at the event site.
- Provide hand sanitizer and tissues.
- Encourage hand washing and proper social etiquette (no handshaking, respecting personal space, and no hugging)
- Consider hosting your event virtually using teleconferencing platforms.
- Let your attendees know that you might need to postpone or cancel at the last minute and they should make contingency plans.
- Educate attendees at the event about proper precautions.
- Urge anyone feeling sick to stay home.
- Offer refunds for ticketed events to at-risk populations.
- Provide boxed meals instead of hosting buffets or meals that would be handled by many people.
City-hosted events or meetings with 25 people or more should be postponed or canceled. Events or meetings with fewer than 25 people should be held in a space that can accomodate double the number of people expected to attend, to allow for social distancing.— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) March 13, 2020
Local and BAA officials will hold a press conference on the Boston Marathon.
Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh and BAA officials will hold a press conference on the status of the 2020 Boston Marathon.
We are getting an announcement on the #BostonMarathon this morning at 10am. Stay with @boston25 for the latest. #CoronaVirusUpdate— Kerry Kavanaugh (@KerryKavanaugh) March 13, 2020
Mayor Marty Walsh talks Boston’s response to the coronavirus outbreak
Salem Public Schools announce two-week closure
Salem Public Schools will be closed for at least two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.
Salem Public Schools will be closed for a minimum of 2 weeks effective Monday. More detailed communication is forthcoming— Salem Public Schools (@SalemSchoolsk12) March 13, 2020
Canceled: NHL, MLB, MLS, Boch Center shows, Boston Symphony Orchestra— Boston 25 News (@boston25) March 12, 2020
Closed: Harvard Art Museums, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, children's museum, NE Aquarium, Museum of Science
Details on https://t.co/p6C25nW7Hxhttps://t.co/xksn6PK7AJ
Thursday, March 12
Norwood Schools to close through at least March 20
Starting on Friday, March 13, Norwood Public Schools will be closed at least through March 20. School officials will continue to monitor the situation to decide whether the school closure should be extended or shortened.
Person who was at Encore Boston Harbor on March 5 tests positive for COVID-19
A person who visited Encore Boston Harbor Casino in Everett on Thursday, March 5 has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Mass. Gaming Commission. That person was asymptomatic at the time of their visit and was there for an hour while interacting with a few people.
The Mass. Gaming Commission says that the person diagnosed with COVID-19 interacted with seven people, according to their current determinations. Encore Boston Harbor has reportedly told the Mass. Gaming Commission that those individuals have all agreed to self-quarantine.
BREAKING: Person who visited @EncoreResortBH last Thursday has tested positive for coronavirus, according to @MassGamingComm. The person only came in contact with a few people & they've been alerted. https://t.co/OZiHSBEzOE pic.twitter.com/sNwLTOJEOW— Mike Saccone (@mikesacconetv) March 12, 2020
Medfield Schools will be closed Friday
While schools throughout the Medfield Public School system will be closed on Friday, March 13, all non-essential and community events in the district will be canceled until further notice. Those include: Community events in school buildings, parent conferences, student performances, including the high school theatre, Band-o-Rama and String Fling, use of buildings by non-school groups and school-sponsored field trips in March.
Weston Public Schools closed through March 18
Weston School officials have announced all public schools in the district will be closed for nearly a week and resume on March 18.
School updates will be posted to WestonSchools.org and sent out through the Weston Public Schools’ email notification system
Newton Schools to close starting Friday, March 13
Newton Public Schools will be closed starting on Friday, March 13, until officials decide when to resume classes. In a statement, the mayor said ther will be no school for the remainder of the week or next week and possibly longer depending on the status of the outbreak.
“The decision to close schools is an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. It will only be effective if the community also takes steps to practice self-isolation, monitor for any symptoms, and avoid large gatherings,” said Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. “We need all community members to do their part or the school closure will not be successful in limiting the spread of the virus.”
Local officials will be providing an update within the next week on whether to extend school closures or not.
Wayland Schools closed through the end of March
Wayland school officials announced they will be closing all schools in the district from March 13 to 27. Classes will resume on March 30.
Somerville and Medford Public Schools announce temporary closings, Malden Schools to close indefinitely
As coronavirus concerns continue to grow, Somerville and Medford Public Schools will be closed for the next two weeks. Malden School District officials have announced an unprecedented decision to close schools indefinitely starting on Friday, March 13.
Somerville schools will be closed for two weeks starting on March 16. During the closure, officials will reassess if they need to extend the timeframe.
All city buildings, which will be closed only to the public, will be closed for two weeks as well starting on March 16. Services essential to public health and safety – like police and fire responses, trash collection, and the 311 call center – will continue as normal while City offices are closed.
MIAA cancels high school basketball and hockey state championships
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has canceled this week’s upcoming state championships for basketball and ice hockey, according to the association.
The @MIAA033 BOD has voted to cancel the Basketball and Ice Hockey Championship games scheduled for this weekend in lieu of the COVID-19 outbreak. pic.twitter.com/ahAZeJZc0y— MIAA (@MIAA033) March 12, 2020
The high school spring sports season will also be delayed, the MIAA announced. It is now slated to start on March 30.
Update on the start of the @MIAA033 spring sports season: pic.twitter.com/CgpLWjXiiM— MIAA (@MIAA033) March 12, 2020
NCAA cancels March Madness, all winter and spring championships
The NCAA has announced the cancellation of men’s and women’s basketball tournaments due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The decision comes one day after the association announced that games would be played in empty arenas.
The NCAA joins the NBA, NHL and MLB in canceling or suspending competitions due to concerns over COVID-19.
NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships: https://t.co/qzKAS4McEI pic.twitter.com/G6XreZx35E— NCAA (@NCAA) March 12, 2020
Handful of local schools announce temporary closures
A group of superintendents in Middlesex County has announced that they will temporarily close their school districts for two weeks. Those districts are as follows: Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington and Winchester. Those schools will be closed through at least March 27.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. of Everett also announced on Thursday that Everett Public Schools will be closed for 30 school days, lasting until Monday, April 27.
Boston 25 News has also learned that Natick Public Schools will be closed next week beginning on Friday, March 13.
BREAKING: Teacher tells me all Natick schools will close for the next week starting tomorrow. They will then evaluate and consider closing another week@boston25 pic.twitter.com/4csStAYMSd— Julianne Lima (@JulianneLimaTV) March 12, 2020
Mass. DPH announces new COVID-19 numbers in state
There are currently 108 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. Out of all those cases, 102 of them are presumptive positive while six have been confirmed positive by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here is the current breakdown of positive cases by county:
- 49 cases in Middlesex County
- 24 cases in Norfolk County
- 22 cases in Suffolk County
- 9 cases in Berkshire County
- 2 cases in Essex County
- 1 case in Worcester County
- 1 case with an unknown county location
NEW: The LATEST numbers of #coronavirus cases in #Massachusetts.— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) March 12, 2020
102 "presumptive positive"@boston25 pic.twitter.com/zUd2T9cyJO
Out of the 108 cases, 60 of them are in male patients while 48 are in female. Eighty-two of those cases are associated with the Biogen conference that took place in Boston in late February.
Out of the remaining 26, eight cases are associated with Berkshire Medical Center, five are travel-related cases, and 13 are under investigation.
New #COVID19 guidance is now available for:— Mass. Public Health (@MassDPH) March 12, 2020
-assisted living facilities
-community day programs
-congregate care programs
See all of these and more in the Guidance & Recommendations section of our website: https://t.co/vDwnSVsVwr pic.twitter.com/EvJ4NtEuKQ
MLB suspends Spring Training, delays Opening Day by 2 weeks
Major League Baseball announced on Thursday afternoon that they will be suspending Spring Training games and will delay the beginning of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks amid COVID-19 concerns. The decision comes the same day the National Hockey League suspended its season and one day after the NBA did the same.
“MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible,” the league announced in their statement.
New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, others announce temporary closures
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the New England Aquarium and Boston’s Museum of Science have announced temporary closures to the general public for a three-week period.
JUST IN: New England Aquarium is closing to the public and suspending all events and educational programming for a minimum of three weeks #Boston25 https://t.co/uvJeEPXIUq— Mike Saccone (@mikesacconetv) March 12, 2020
The temporary closures by the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium join other public attractions in the area that are closed to the general population in response to COVID-19. The Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Harvard Art Museums are all closed to the public until further notice.
Decision on fate of 2020 Boston Marathon expected within 48 hours
Boston 25 News has learned that a decision regarding the possible postponement of the Boston Marathon is likely to come within the next 24 to 48 hours. Officials have discussed potentially moving the race to the fall of 2020.
UPDATE: @boston25 has learned a decision on postponing the #Boston Marathon to the fall will come within 24-48 hours.#Boston https://t.co/vOUCSzjKmN— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) March 12, 2020
NHL to suspend season
One day after the NBA suspended the remainder of its season, the National Hockey League has opted to take the same measure, suspending the remainder of their season, the league confirmed. The league’s public relations department made the official announcement after a conference call with the NHL’s Board of Governors.
The @NHL pauses 2019-20 season. https://t.co/WMePei4clH pic.twitter.com/W5Hqmk3kX7— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2020
The league cited the fact that many of its teams share facilities with NBA teams. The NBA suspended the remainder of their season on Wednesday night and two players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The NHL’s release includes a statement from Commissioner Gary Bettman, which reads, in part:
“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019‑20 season beginning with tonight’s games.
“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures. However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus – and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point – it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time."— Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner
The NHL’s regular season was slated to go through the beginning of April, with playoffs picking up then until the Stanley Cup is awarded in mid-June. There was no announced timeline on if or when the league’s season - regular season or playoffs - would resume.
Bettman did say that the league hoped to resume at some point this season.
“Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup,” Bettman said in his statement.
JUST IN: The @NHL will suspend its season, citing many shared arenas with the NBA, which suspended its season last night.— Boston 25 News (@boston25) March 12, 2020
"Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent," the league's commissioner said in a statement.
STORY: https://t.co/qAl7X7iypc pic.twitter.com/dV509WmRR8
Discussions happening over postponing Boston Marathon
There are discussions being had about possibly postponing the Boston Marathon to the fall, Boston 25 News has learned.
No decisions have been made, but the mayor met with leaders of municipalities along the race route Wednesday at City Hall.
Boston Marriott Long Wharf to close
The Boston Marriott on Long Wharf, now considered the epicenter of Massachusetts’ outbreak of COVID-19, will close until further notice, according to the company.
The hotel was host to a meeting of Biogen leadership last month, to which most of Massachusetts’ positive coronavirus tests have been directly linked.
Salem Public Schools announce early dismissals and closings
Salem Public Schools announced that Dr. Samantha Meier, principal of Salem High School, was in Paris, France over the weekend. Dr. Meier is undergoing a self-quarantine for 14 days.
Salem High School students were dismissed at 10:30 am and will remain closed Friday, March 12 so the school can do deep cleaning and disinfecting.
NHL advises teams to take precautions
The National Hockey League advises teams not to conduct morning skates, practices ore team meetings as they prepare the next steps regarding coronavirus.
Celtics under self-quarantine
The Boston Celtics will undergo self-quarantine after playing against a Utah Jazz player who tested positive for coronavirus.
The @celtics are under quarantine after they recently played against a Utah Jazz player who tested positive for the coronavirus. The #NBA has suspended the season until further notice. #Boston25 pic.twitter.com/gHJAb4NOnM— Kelly Sullivan (@ksullivannews) March 12, 2020
The team released a statement on Thursday afternoon clarifying the news, saying that is “unlikely that anyone from the team came into contact with [infected players] while they were contagious.”
The Celtics will have any players and staff who were in close contact with Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell - who have both tested positive for COVID-19 - in self-quarantine through the weekend. During that time, all players and certain staff will be tested for COVID-19.
Official statement from the Boston Celtics https://t.co/ldYqJuuRYU— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 12, 2020
Prayers up for my brother Donovan Mitchell. 🙏— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) March 12, 2020
Hoping for a quick and safe recovery.
Wednesday, March 11
NBA suspends rest of the season
The NBA has announced they will be suspending the entire rest of their 2020 season after two players reportedly contracted the virus.
The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.
The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.— NBA Communications
#BreakingNews (AP) -- NBA suspending season after Wednesday night's games until further notice because of the coronavirus concerns.#boston25— Mike Sullivan (@SullyBoston25) March 12, 2020
President Trump announces travel restrictions to Europe
President Trump has announced all travel from Europe to the United States will be suspended for 30 days starting Friday at midnight. These restrictions do not include the United Kingdom.
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President Trump has announced travel restrictions to foreign nationals who have been in the “Schengen Area” in Europe at any point prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. The White House confirmed the area has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of mainland China. Read more on Boston25News.com
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