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Real-time updates: the latest coronavirus news across New England

There are now 12 cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut, 20 in Rhode Island (March 14)

Twelve people in Connecticut tested positive for coronavirus. State officials announced late Friday afternoon 136 people were tested, with 11 positives. Later Friday eveningHartford officials announced the city’s first case, bringing the state total to 12.

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced during a press conference on Saturday that the state has six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 20, compared to the 14 documented on Friday.

Mass. Gaming Commission Suspends Operations at Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino (March 14)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously on Saturday to temporarily suspend operations at three state-owned casino properties: Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino.

“As we all continue to navigate this unprecedented and rapidly changing situation, our agency and licensees will remain in close consultation with public health authorities and government officials to determine safe protocols for resuming operations,” the commission said in a statement. “As we develop the right action plan, we will keep you informed of the next steps. This decision will be reevaluated in two weeks, while an orderly shutdown process is underway. The gambling hall is expected to close with users at 5:59 am March 15, 2020. “

Governor Charlie Baker launches command center for COVID-19 response (March 14)

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced Saturday that he is creating a new command center to guide the state’s response to the coronavirus. Baker has said that Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders will act as head of the COVID-19 Response Command Center, reporting to the governor, and will have “full authority and discretion to draw on any state fund needed” to combat virus outbreak.

“This team of experts will focus exclusively on pushing against this disease and will move quickly to respond to the needs of our communities and residents,” said Baker.

Representatives of the cross agencies in the center will focus on the following, according to Baker:

  • Work to expand laboratory capacity for testing

  • Planning of quarantine operations

  • Coordinate communication and orientation through the government

  • Respond to the needs of our local health councils

  • Monitoring of supply chains

  • Identification of soaring capacity in the Commonwealth healthcare network.

During a press conference, Sudders said that one of the center’s top priorities is to expand the state’s ability to test. Recently changes have been made to the protocols of the Department of Public Health in order to speed up and increase tests following the easing of the Federal Test Guide, he said.

Before the change on Friday, doctors could test patients who had symptoms, such as fever and respiratory problems, and only if they had recently traveled to a country where there were high levels of disease, such as Italy, or if the individual had been in close contact with someone who confirmed they had COVID-19. And then, doctors had to get authorization from the state health department before sending samples for testing,

Sudders said the change in protocols no longer requires doctors to obtain approval from the state laboratory for tests in the state laboratory and may present a swab instead of the two previously requested.

The parameters for who can be tested it has also been expanded.

“It’s really a significant improvement,” he said.

The Sudders have said it remains “critical” that more labs obtain federal approvals to expand testing capacity in the state. A third independent laboratory has received FDA approval to process the tests, but Baker said he remains concerned about the slowness at the federal level in giving laboratories permits to test the new disease.

“We have a long way to go for this,” he said of the answer to date.

Sudders said the state lab has tested 475 patients since the outbreak in Massachusetts since Friday. Ten people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 123 people have been diagnosed since Saturday morning.

9 new cases in Rhode Island, both in Vermont and New Hampshire, declare states of emergency (March 14)

Rhode Island officials announced on Friday that there are nine new cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the new virus to 14. Officials said three of the new positives are pediatric and six adults.

“While the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is still investigating each of these cases, we know that four independent travels have been involved: travel to Europe, travel to the Bahamas, travel to Jamaica and regional travel (to Massachusetts)” officials have said in a statement. “All of these people are recovering at home, except one person who is recovering in their nursing home. This person is isolated there. Staff are taking appropriate personal protective measures and strict infection control measures. “

Both New Hampshire and Vermont state of emergency declared Friday.

There are two positive cases of COVID-19 in Vermont. New Hampshire officials announced a seventh person diagnosed with coronavirus, a Rockingham county woman who visited Manchester’s DMV last week, last Friday.

Harvard University Announces 1st Coronavirus Case, 2 More Tested (March 14)

Harvard announced last Friday that one member of the university community has tested positive for COVID-19 and two others are being tested.

“An individual has received an alleged positive test and is receiving medical treatment off campus,” Harvard President Larry Bacow said in a statement. “We await the test results for the second individual. In addition, a third individual who has had close contacts with the person who has tested positive is now being tested. Further close contacts will be tested as needed. “

Bacow said that allowing the individuals involved to be anonymous is “fundamental”.

“If you are aware of their identities, please respect their privacy so that they can fully focus on their health,” he wrote. “The last thing they need, or that each of us would like for them, is the attention and control of the public. We will do everything we can to support these people in what is undoubtedly a disconcerting and difficult moment. “

Boston public schools will close on Tuesday, reopening on April 27 under the current plan, says the mayor

See Mayor Marty Walsh’s comments on the decision:

The Archdiocese of Boston Suspends “All Daily and Sunday Masses and Religious Services”

The following is a statement from the Archdiocese of Boston:

In response to growing public concern and following Governor Baker’s emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of 250 or more people, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, cap OFM, archbishop of Boston, immediately took the decision to temporarily suspend all daily and Sunday masses and religious services in the Archdiocese of Boston until further notice. This starts at 16:00 on Saturday afternoon, March 14th. In announcing this decision, the Cardinal also released a dispensation from the obligation to participate in this mass to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Cardinal Seán said: “We live in times when many people are confused, hurt and afraid, for many different reasons. In the midst of these challenges Jesus tries to meet us in the same way he met the disciples on the road to Emmaus, accompanying us on the journey, calming our fears and anxieties and making sure that he will always be with us in the gift of the Eucharist. This decision to temporarily suspend daily and Sunday Mass is motivated by an abundance of caution and concern for the most vulnerable people and by need to do our part to help limit and mitigate the spread of the disease. “

The directive to temporarily suspend the celebration of Mass applies to all parishes, missions and ministries of the archdiocese until further notice. Baptism, confirmations, weddings and funerals can proceed but participation should be limited to the family only.

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Cardinal Seán encourages Catholics to participate in the daily and Sunday masses broadcast by the CatholicTV chapel.
The daily airing is live at 9:30 and is retransmitted at 19:00 and 23:30
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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Today, after conferring with Cardinal Seán, Thomas W. Carroll, superintendent of the Catholic schools, announced that the parochial schools of the Archdiocese of Boston and the elementary and high schools of the Archdiocese will remain closed for two weeks from Monday 16 March to Friday 27 March. on an ongoing basis, the Office of Catholic Schools will assess whether this period should be extended further.

The archdiocese will provide continuous updates to parishes, schools and ministries during this response period to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
Cardinal Seán said: “Although these are difficult times for our parishes and all members of our communities, it is important not to forget the importance of care and concern for those who are most vulnerable, including the poor, our elderly and people who are medical impaired. I urge those who can do this to maintain the support of their parish during these difficult days in order to support ministries and awareness-raising services for parishioners and the most needy. We entrust the Church to the intercession of our Blessed Mother while we pray for the return to the full celebration of the sacraments and of community prayer as soon as possible “.

Mass. Health officials release new coronavirus numbers; now 123 total cases, up 15 from Thursday (March 13)

Logan offers “improved health screening” for passengers who have crossed Europe (March 13)

Massport announced Friday that the Department of Homeland Security has named Logan International Airport as one of 13 airports that will provide “better health control for passengers who have been to a number of European countries in the past 14 days”.

“This statement indicates that CBP and CDC will carry out advanced screening of these passengers entering the United States through Boston,” Massport wrote in the statement. “The Massachusetts Port Authority has fully cooperated with our local, state and federal public health partners and is providing all necessary support.”

Massport also noted that adequate cleaning and disinfection protocols were followed in its public facilities, such as reminding passengers and employees to wash their hands frequently and to cover coughs and sneezes.

Rhode Island schools will be closed March 16-20 (March 13)

Rhode Island government Gina Raimondo ordered the closure of state schools from March 16-20. The shutdown will occur instead of regular spring breaks, according to the state’s health department.

More than a dozen North Shore school districts announce closings at least March 27 (March 13)

School supervisors in North Shore and Merrimack Valley announced On Friday, more than a dozen North Shore school districts are closing at least March 27 due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

The following districts have decided to close each other, according to supervisors:

  • Public schools in Amesbury
  • Beverly public schools
  • Danvers public schools
  • Agricultural and Technical School of the Essex North Shore
  • Georgetown public schools
  • Hamilton Wenham Regional School District
  • Ipswich public schools
  • Lynnfield public schools
  • Manchester Essex Regional School District
  • Masconomet Regional School District (Boxford, Middleton, Topsfield Middle / High Schools)
  • Pentucket Regional School District (Groveland, West Newbury, Merrimac)
  • Swampscott public schools
  • Triton Regional School District (Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury,)
  • Tri-Town School Union (Boxford, Middleton, Topsfield elementary schools)
  • Regional technical high school Whittier

“This is contrary to the recommendation of the Governor, the Commissioner of Education and the Department of Public Health, but because of the conflicting information that we are receiving from other experts who say that this virus is very serious and that schools should be closed.” , noted Superintendent Georgetown of the Carol Jacobs schools on his blog. “As educational leaders we find ourselves in a difficult situation due to the lack of clear and coherent guidance and the responsibility to make decisions that do not fall within our area of ​​competence. We are joining forces in this area and we hope that two weeks will gain us time to learn more and further reduce the spread of this virus. “

Governor Charlie Baker issues emergency order banning meetings of over 250 people (March 13)

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order on Friday banning most meetings of more than 250 people in the state to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The order applies to events such as civil, public, leisure and faith events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conferences, fundraisers, parades, fairs and festivals.

“Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of Coronavirus and, by limiting large gatherings, we can further mitigate the spread of the disease,” Baker said in a statement. “It is important to take these measures now to further protect Commonwealth residents and we will continue to encourage residents to keep their social distances and practice healthy personal hygiene to stop the spread of the virus.”

The order does not apply to the following, according to the status:

  1. The meetings subject to this Order include, but are not limited to: communities, civic, public, leisure, faith events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals and any event or similar activity that brings together 250 or more people at the same time in a single room or single space in a place such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting room, theater or any other interior space or confined exterior.

  2. The Order does not apply to normal operations in airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, voting venues, grocery stores or retail stores or other spaces where they may be in transit 250 or more people.

  3. The Order does not apply to restaurants, provided that they should, whenever possible, encourage social distancing.

  4. The Order does not apply to typical office environments, government buildings or factories where large numbers of people are present, but it is unusual for them to be at a distance from each other.

  5. The Order does not apply to higher education or K-12 schools when lessons are in session; provided that assemblies or classes of more than 250 people are prohibited.

  6. The Order does not apply to events that exclude spectators; provided, however, that members of the media can attend the event. It is not necessary to cancel or postpone athletic and other events if spectators and other participants are excluded. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides guidance that governs school athletic events.

  7. This guide will enter into force immediately and will remain in full force until the State of Emergency declared by the Governor no longer exists or the Order is revoked, whichever comes first.

  8. Regardless of whether an event or meeting falls within the scope of the Order, all people are invited to keep social distances (about one and a half meters away from other people) whenever possible and to continue washing hands, use hand sanitizer and apply a suitable respiratory label.

  9. Regardless of whether an event or meeting falls within the scope of the Order, all high-risk people should avoid large meetings. High-risk individuals include older adults, anyone with underlying conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, anyone with a weakened immune system and anyone who is pregnant.

He also published the state’s elementary and secondary education department updated guide Friday for school districts pertaining to coronavirus.

Baker said during Friday’s press conference that the public health department is not currently recommending the closure of schools across the state.

The governor said that DPH’s current recommendations are for schools to adopt a “factual, surgical approach” based on the circumstances of the immediate district, rather than making the state “blanket, across the board.”

“People should make these decisions based on the facts associated with their school,” Baker said of leaving the decision to district and school leaders.

Also on Friday, Baker and state secretary for health and human services Marylou Sudders announced that two independent laboratories had been granted federal approval to begin testing for coronavirus in Massachusetts, a development that both officials hailed as crucial and late to speed up tests in the state.

“This will make a big difference,” Baker said of the need for further labs with federal approval to process coronavirus tests.

Waiting for federal approvals to get more testing labs for the virus has been “frustrating,” said the governor.

“I don’t think the feds are moving fast enough,” he said.

Sudders said next week that the state will be able to double its test capacity by processing 400 tests per day, from 200.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says “there will be school on Monday and there will be school next week” (March 13)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said schools in the city will be open next week, but that he will announce the district’s plan to move forward amid the coronavirus epidemic on Sunday.

District schools, with the exception of the Eliot School in the North End, which is closed until March 19thit will be open on Monday, he said on Friday morning in brief comments before the start of a press conference the postponement of the Boston Marathon in 2020.

“There will be school on Monday, and there will be school next week,” said Walsh. “But what we’re going to talk about is defining a plan to close schools and also how we’re going to deal with our schools moving forward next week and beyond.”

The Dorchester Codman Academy Public Charter School announced on Friday that it will close at the end of the day until March 27th.

“For your information, as of this morning, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases among Codman’s staff, students or families,” Thabiti Brown, school head, said in a statement. “Given the growing number of confirmed cases in the wider community, we hope this move to close will help reduce the infection rate.”

Maine officials announce 2 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 3 (March 13)

A day after the announcement of the first coronavirus case in Maine, officials say two other people have proven presumptively positive for the disease.

The Maine CDC said in a statement the two cases are a 20-year-old woman who is being treated at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, and a 50-year-old man who has been screened in a MaineHealth outpatient clinic and is in quarantine at his home.

“Maine CDC staff, who work closely with MaineHealth providers, started studying patients’ travel stories,” officials said.

The first case in the state, a woman in her fifties in Androscoggin County, isolated herself at home.

Student Tufts tests positive for COVID-19 (March 13)

A Tufts University student tested positive for coronavirus, executive vice president Mike Howard announced in an email to the school community last Thursday.

“The individual, who has been in solitary confinement, has been informed and is receiving treatment,” Howard wrote. “We ask all members of the community to respect the privacy of the individual and avoid speculation and rumors about their identity. We are following the guidance of public health authorities regarding the notification of community members who may have had contact with the student. Those community members will be contacted directly by the Medford Board of Health and provided with information and guidance, including self-quarantine information. If you are concerned about being exposed, contact the office of the Dean of Student Affairs at DeanofStudentAffairs@ase.tufts.edu“.

According to the newspaper Tuftsthe student, who lives off campus, told the newspaper that they recently traveled to the UK and that they started feeling sick on Monday.

Howard urged students to practice social estrangement and cancel holidays or scheduled meetings in the coming days. Tufts is among the universities that move to online education, ask students to leave the residences on campus by Monday. The university extended the spring break to March 25, when classes begin practically.

Maine’s first coronavirus case is a Navy reservist (March 13)

The first person to prove positive for COVID-19 is a United States Navy reservist, the Navy announced late Thursday. Maine officials say the woman in her fifties in Androscoggin County is currently being quarantined in her home.

The Navy said it was the first positive case in a reservist.

“The personnel who immediately identified the person with whom they had close contacts were informed and self-isolated in their residence,” said the armed services branch in a statement. “Healthcare professionals are conducting a thorough contact investigation to determine if any other staff may have been in close contact and possibly exposed. Depending on the results of that investigation, additional precautionary measures may be taken.”

Maine officials to say they are evaluating the woman’s travel history and are examining the possible exposure of the community.

Cambridge, Chelsea, Salem, Brookline and Norwood schools announce closings (13 March)

Newton will close its public schools by the end of next week – and “probably” longer (March 12)

Newton is closing its public schools at least by the end of next week amid concerns over the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the region.

“There will be no school tomorrow, next week and perhaps for a longer period,” Superintendent Newton David Fleishman wrote in a letter to community members Thursday afternoon.

“Sappiamo che la cancellazione della scuola, le attività ad essa associate e gli eventi che utilizzano i nostri edifici scolastici sono deludenti ed estremamente dannosi per la nostra vita quotidiana”, ha aggiunto Fleishman. “Tuttavia, crediamo di doverlo fare per la salute e il benessere della nostra comunità”.

La biblioteca della città sarà chiusa anche a partire da venerdì. I funzionari hanno dichiarato di voler fornire un altro aggiornamento non appena la settimana prossima. Sebbene giovedì non siano stati segnalati casi di coronavirus a Newton, i funzionari avevano già limitato gli eventi sponsorizzati dalla città per limitare la diffusione della malattia. Come parte degli sforzi di allontanamento sociale, il sindaco di Newton Ruthanne Fuller ha inoltre invitato giovedì i residenti a “stare a un metro di distanza dagli altri ed evitare le impostazioni di gruppo”.

Somerville sta chiudendo le scuole e gli uffici della città per un “minimo” di 2 settimane (12 marzo)

La città di Somerville ha annunciato giovedì che tutte le scuole pubbliche e gli uffici cittadini saranno chiusi per “un minimo di due settimane” a partire da lunedì per ridurre al minimo la diffusione del coronavirus, dopo che almeno tre residenti sono risultati positivi alla malattia. La città aveva già cancellato le scuole durante il fine settimana.

In un messaggio ai residenti, i funzionari della Somerville hanno affermato che i servizi essenziali di salute e sicurezza pubblica – come la polizia e le risposte al fuoco, la raccolta dei rifiuti e il 311 call center – rimarranno aperti. In caso contrario, tutti gli eventi sponsorizzati dalla città e dalla scuola vengono annullati durante il periodo.

“Ci rendiamo conto che questa decisione crea disagi per residenti, aziende e organizzazioni nella nostra città, ma la salute e la sicurezza della nostra comunità devono venire prima”, ha detto il sindaco Joe Curtatone in una nota.

“La storia ci ha dimostrato che le comunità che implementano le misure di allontanamento sociale presto sono le migliori durante un’emergenza sanitaria pubblica come la pandemia di COVID-19”, ha detto Curtatone. “Ridurre al minimo il contatto è il modo migliore per rallentare la diffusione di COVID-19 e proteggere i residenti particolarmente vulnerabili a questa malattia”.

Altre chiusure scolastiche annunciate a Everett, Concord (12 marzo)

Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington e Winchester chiudono le scuole almeno il 27 marzo (12 marzo)

Quella che segue è una versione congiunta dei distretti scolastici:

Mentre i sovrintendenti delle scuole attendono ulteriori indicazioni da parte dei funzionari statali e federali della sanità pubblica, un gruppo di sovrintendenti nella contea di Middlesex hanno collaborato per prendere una decisione tempestiva e unificata sulla chiusura delle scuole.

I seguenti distretti hanno concordato una chiusura della scuola di due settimane:

Arlington
Bedford
Belmont
Burlington
Lexington
Winchester

Quella che segue è una dichiarazione dei sovrintendenti nei sei distretti:

“Mentre attendiamo ulteriori indicazioni da parte dei funzionari della sanità dello stato, i sovrintendenti di area hanno collaborato per prendere una decisione tempestiva e unificata sulla chiusura della scuola. I seguenti distretti hanno concordato una chiusura della scuola di due settimane a partire da domani: Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington e Winchester, mentre altri distretti nella nostra zona stanno elaborando i dettagli.

“Our decision has been informed by our local boards of health, as well by expert epidemiologists who recognize that the time to act is now. We know we can have a greater and more positive impact on public health and safety if we do this together.

“Many in our area have been particularly impacted due to our families who have a greater number of presumptive positive cases in the area. Please be aware that this school closure period of time may be extended or shortened should State authorities so direct. We realize the decisions we are making in our geographic region do not necessarily reflect the needs and decisions of our counterparts in other areas of the State.

“We do this out of an abundance of caution, particularly out of sensitivity to families and staff who have underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to complications should they become infected. We also do not do this lightly, as we know that this will impose a hardship on families who do not have childcare options.”

Mass. health officials release new coronavirus numbers; 108 total cases now reported (March 12)

That’s 13 more than Wednesday.

Wellesley Public Schools will close for 2 weeks to prevent COVID-19 spread, starting Friday (March 12)

Wellesley officials announced Thursday that all district schools will close for two weeks, beginning Friday.

As of Thursday afternoon, there were five cases of the coronavirus in the town.

“Over the next few days, WPS administrators will work collaboratively with the Wellesley Teachers’ Association to finalize plans for remote learning,” officials said in a statement. “The district will use their four remaining ‘snow days’ to prepare for this transition. We will update staff and families in the coming days with additional information about these plans. We realize this decision has a significant impact and far-reaching ramifications for our community and understand the disappointment, frustration and uncertainty that is created. However, we believe these steps are necessary given the current realities.”

In addition to the schools, the town’s Tolles Parsons Center will also close Friday, and all  Council on Aging programs and Wellesley Free Libraries programs are suspended.

“The Wellesley Health Department (WHD) urgently reminds all parents and children that it is imperative to follow protocols for personal protection for prevention, as well as to lower risk of transmission of illness to others,” town officials said. “Please remember the importance of social and personal distancing; avoid large gatherings; and do not congregate in areas.”

Wellesley College moving to online classes, asking students not to return to campus after spring break (March 12)

Northern Essex Community College is closing its Haverhill and Lawrence campuses until Monday amid coronavirus concerns.

1st case of coronavirus diagnosed in Maine (March 12)

Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday that the first case of coronavirus has been diagnosed in the state.

The woman in her 50s, a resident of Androscoggin County, is the state’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19. She is not currently hospitalized but is under self-quarantine, officials said. Health officials are currently looking into the woman’s travel history and who she may have come into contact with.

“The Maine CDC has been preparing for this eventuality since the end of last year,”  Mills said in a statement. “With one presumptive positive case, Maine has a unique window of opportunity to delay an outbreak, like those we see in other states, and to minimize our exposure.”

The governor announced the following steps being taken in Maine to prevent spread of the virus:

1) proclaiming an insurance emergency to improve access to care and require private health insurance plans to cover costs related to coronavirus testing

2) suspending all non-essential out-of-state work travel by state employees

3) recommending, on the advice of Maine CDC, that non-essential large, indoor gatherings of 250 attendees or more be postponed in order to delay a potential coronavirus outbreak and substantially reduce its spread.

Watch the full press conference below:

Another individual tests positive for COVID-19 in New Hampshire, bringing total number of cases to 6 (March 12)

Officials say there is a new positive case of coronavirus in New Hampshire, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the novel illness in the state to six.

Health officials said the adult man from Rockingham County had recently traveled to “multiple countries” in Europe.

“The person self-isolated upon return from Europe and notified their healthcare provider after developing symptoms,” officials said in a Thursday statement. “Household contacts have self-quarantined.”

Since the man has been isolated at home with the exception of seeking health care since returning from his trip, state officials say they have not identified anyone other than his household members as being in close contact with him while he was infectious.

“Despite increased testing in our communities, the NH DHHS has not yet identified any widespread transmission in NH nor individuals who test positive without clearly identified risk factors,” the state’s Department of Health and Human Services said.

Boston’s Marriott Long Wharf hotel, where Biogen meeting took place, will close (March 12)

The Marriott Long Wharf hotel, the site of the Biogen conference that has been linked to the majority of the coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, will close, officials announced Thursday.

Marriott released the following statement:

In consultation with the Boston Public Health Commission, we have made the mutual decision to close the hotel today. This decision comes as a result of new information and is made in the interest of public health. We appreciate and support the efforts of our public health authorities as they continue their important work to mitigate potential spread of the novel coronavirus. The safety and well-being of our guests is of paramount importance to us.

A spokesperson for the company said the Boston hotel would close Thursday. Information on how long the closure would last was not immediately available.

Officials say there are now 5 reported cases of coronavirus in Wellesley (March 12)

Two more Wellesley residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the town to five, health officials said in a statement.

“These two additional cases do not impact Wellesley Public Schools,” town officials said. “All cases are isolated at home following MDPH protocols and are being monitored daily by WHD.”

The town has already canceled non-essential government meetings and most public meetings.

“We are urging our senior citizen population to continue to be vigilant, avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing and good hygiene, and to stay home as much as possible to limit exposure to coronavirus,” Wellesley officials said.

2nd person tests positive for COVID-19 in Vermont, 3rd case diagnosed in Connecticut (March 12)

Vermont officials announced Wednesday a second state resident, who lives in Chittenden County, has tested positive for coronavirus. The man, in his 70s, was hospitalized this week. Officials say they are investigating the person’s “possible exposure history” and are seeking to identify anyone who may have had close contact with him.

“We are, first and foremost, hopeful for this gentleman’s recovery,” Health Commissioner Mark Levine said in a statement. “This case came to light the same day that the World Health Organization officially termed the outbreak a global pandemic. The seriousness of this virus and the rate it is spreading in the U.S. and around the world reinforces the importance of everyone staying informed and following CDC guidance about avoiding crowds, non-essential travel, and other recommended steps for protecting your health and preventing germs from spreading.”

The first Vermonter diagnosed, who tested positive last week, lives in Bennington County.

A new case of COVID-19 was also announced Wednesday in Connecticut, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the novel virus to three.

The new case is an “elderly gentleman who lives in a private residence in New Canaan,” Gov. Ned Lamont announced. The man is hospitalized at Norwalk Hospital.

“This case is not connected to any known cases in Connecticut,” the governor wrote. “And @CTDPH officials are assisting medical professionals to conduct the contract trace investigation.”

Boston closes 3 campuses of Eliot School for week due to coronavirus concerns, Framingham Public Schools shut down Thursday (March 12)

Boston officials announced late Wednesday that the three campuses of the Eliot k-8 School will be closed through March 19 after a non-student member of the school community tested positive for COVID-19.

The city said public health staff are “working on an ongoing basis to assess risk and follow up with all known contacts” of the person.

“At this point we encourage everyone who has been physically inside one of three Eliot buildings to practice social distancing and avoid public places until Thursday, March 19, 2020,” said public health officials. “If you or anyone associated with the school develops fever 100.4°F/38°C or higher, cough or shortness of breath, please contact your primary care provider or the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050 or Toll-Free: 1-800-847-0710.”

Mayor Marty Walsh said the city will take “aggressive action to mitigate the spread of the virus.”

“Our top priority is to prevent further spread of coronavirus to Boston residents and I urge everyone impacted to carefully follow guidance from public health officials to keep you, your families and our community healthy and safe,” he said.

As of Thursday morning, there are 19 total cases of coronavirus in Boston.

Milford Public Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday after district officials say a staff member at Woodland Elementary School was placed under self-quarantine based on a family member’s connection to the Biogen conference in Boston, where the majority of the state’s coronavirus cases originated.

“The staff member and their family member are currently asymptomatic,” Superintendent Kevin McIntyre said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we will be closing the Milford Public Schools both Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th for an extensive cleaning led by our maintenance staff and cleaning crews from a contracted cleaning service. All school sponsored events or events taking place in any of our schools over the weekend will be postponed.”

In Framingham, all public schools are also closed Thursday for cleaning after officials learned a city resident, who has a child who attends Potter Road Elementary, tested positive for coronavirus. The child is also showing mild symptoms of infection, officials She said.

“The child and family are following the quarantine protocol from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) until cleared to return to school,” Framingham officials said. “As with any communicable disease, communities are required to follow direction from the MDPH. Related to this case, there is an identified group of students who may have potentially been exposed to the COVID-19 and those families are being contacted directly. Those students will need to be in quarantine for 14 days.”

The district will provide an update at noon on Thursday.

Somerville closes all schools through the weekend after third resident tests positive for coronavirus (March 11)

Somerville announced Wednesday night that the city’s public schools and district offices will be closed Thursday through Sunday, after a third resident of the city tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said the city’s library branches will also be closed, and its parks and recreation programs, boxing club, and all activities held at Somerville Public School buildings are canceled through the weekend.

“These closures will allow time for the Somerville Department of Public Works (DPW) to conduct a deep and thorough cleaning of all of these buildings,” officials wrote in a community alert Wednesday night. “DPW will be utilizing new equipment that allows them to thoroughly clean and sanitize the buildings. Normal programming is expected to resume Monday, March 16.”

The city said that its Board of Health was informed Wednesday night that a third resident, a “parent of an East Somerville Community School parent,” had tested positive for the coronavirus. The news comes after officials announced two other presumptive cases in Somerville residents — including one person who is the parent of a West Somerville Neighborhood School student and the spouse of a teacher at the school. All three cases appear to be linked to the Biogen conference late last month in Boston, they said.

Somerville is the first community in the Boston metro area to implement a districtwide closure in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Districts in Framingham, Milford, Weston, and Winchendon have also closed schools this week after community members tested positive for the disease, according to MassLive, while Boston has closed the Eliot K-8 School’s three campuses until Thursday, March 19.

Somerville also announced earlier Wednesday it would be canceling all city-permitted events through the end of April with more than 50 projected attendees in one place.

Somerville says 2 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, both linked to Biogen conference

The state Department of Public Health says two Somerville residents have tested positive for COVID-19, city officials announced Wednesday evening.

Officials say both of the presumptive cases are traceable to the Biogen conference late last month in Boston, which has been identified as the source of the majority of the 95 coronavirus cases in Massachusetts.

One of the people who tested positive is the spouse of a teacher at the West Somerville Neighborhood School, as well as a parent of a student at the school. Officials say all three family members are quarantining at home.  The West Somerville Neighborhood School will also be closed Thursday, following “a deep cleaning of the entire school” Wednesday evening by the city’s public works department.

The other positive case involves a male Somerville resident, who has been in contact with DPH for guidance. However, Somerville health officials said Wednesday evening that they were awaiting more information about the case.

The city’s Board of Health was also informed that two people who tested positive for COVID-19 were at an event last week at Assembly Row. Neither is a Somerville resident.

Somerville announced earlier Wednesday afternoon that all events through the end of April sponsored or permitted by the city or its schools with more than 50 projected attendees would be postponed or canceled, as part of their efforts to limit the spread of the disease. The city is also banning spectators at all local sporting events and setting guidelines for smaller events.

Boston College, Brandeis University join other Mass. schools in moving to online classes (March 11)

Mass. health officials release new coronavirus numbers; now 95 total cases, 6 confirmed by CDC (March 11)

The previous day, on Tuesday, there were 92 total cases reported, one of which had been confirmed by the CDC.

UMass, Northeastern, Boston University implementing virtual classes (March 11)

The University of Massachusetts system, Northeastern, Boston University, and Wheaton College announced Wednesday that they are moving to online instruction over coronavirus outbreak concerns, following similar moves taken earlier this week by institutions including Harvard and MIT.

“We are implementing these measures, not because there is presently any evidence that our campuses are unsafe, but in order to make them safer … proactive steps are necessary to make our campus communities safer – for the students who return home and the faculty and staff who remain,” UMass President Martin Meehan said in a statement. “These measures will reduce the density of our campus populations, which will enable social distancing.”

Classes throughout the UMass system will be taught remotely using web, video, and teleconferencing tools through April 3, he said. Remote learning will start for UMass Medical on Thursday. The switch for UMass Dartmouth and UMass Lowell will begin next week when spring break ends — students will be notified they should not return to campus unless they receive special permission to retrieve their belongings, he said. For UMass Amherst and UMass Boston, the change will start March 23 when their spring break ends, and they are being asked to bring home any belongings before they depart for the vacation at the end of this week.

Similarly, Boston University students are being told not to return to campus at the end of spring break, with online instruction to begin on March 11, officials announced.

Meanwhile, Wheaton College is extending spring break through March 22, cancelling classes that would have taken place during that time, school officials announced.

“All students are expected to leave campus by Sunday, March 22, at 5 p.m., and not return to campus, until further notice,” the school said in a statement. “Our offices will be developing a financial policy to address this disruption in room and board and more specific information will be communicated soon.”

Virtual instruction at Wheaton will begin March 23.

Northeastern is moving to online and remote instruction for their Boston campus on Thursday, but the university is not asking students to move out of residence halls.

While students may elect to do so, we are committed to maintaining continuity of campus life for those who elect to stay,” Northeastern President Joseph Aoun said in a statement. “As outlined in prior messages to the community, we are maintaining the university’s current staffing levels, except for faculty and staff who are in groups deemed to be high-risk.”

The Boston Globe has a full list of schools that have changed instruction and campus policies in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

2 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Rhode Island (March 11)

Rhode Island health officials say two new individuals have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the state to five.

The two presumptive positive cases are a woman in her 50s, who had recently traveled to Egypt, and a woman in her 30s. The source of the second woman’s infection is “currently unknown,” according to the state Department of Health.

“That is being investigated,” health officials said in a statement. “This second individual is a healthcare worker at a Rhode Island hospital. Both individuals are recovering at home.”

Everyone who had direct, face-to face contact with the women are being instructed to self-quarantine.

As of Tuesday, officials said the number of people under self-isolation was around 270.

Attorney General Maura Healey warns Mass. residents about consumer scams related to COVID-19 (March 11)

Attorney General Maura Healey issued advice for Massachusetts residents to be on the alert for scams related to the coronavirus.

“Fears about the coronavirus are on the rise and so are those looking to capitalize on uncertainty about its impact in Massachusetts,” Healey said in a statement. “We want consumers to be vigilant when it comes to fraud and abuse and encourage everyone to learn how to protect themselves from scams and use our office as a resource.”

Healey said residents should:

  • Beware of false and misleading information.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Get help with health insurance questions.
  • Watch out for high-priced or low-quality products.
  • Don’t trust anyone offering vaccinations or other treatments.
  • Consider seeking a refund for cancelled travel.
  • Be on alert for scams.
  • Look out for unauthorized or fraudulent charities or solicitations.

ACLU of Massachusetts releases recommendations as state officials weigh coronavirus response (March 11)

The ACLU of Massachusetts is urging government officials to consider protections of vulnerable populations as responses to the coronavirus are rolled out.

“Public health and legal experts, including the ACLU, have advised that voluntary self-isolation measures are more likely to induce cooperation and protect public trust than coercive or mandated measures,” the group said in a statement. “Even if a quarantine is imposed, people do not lose their due process rights, which at a minimum require that they be able to challenge their quarantine.”

Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts on Tuesday after the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 92, up from 41 the previous day.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has said he is in communication with Carol Rose, the executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, as he puts together plans for responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and urged city residents to think about the seriousness of the situation in Italy, which has largely shut down to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Obviously we’re balancing, in the United States we have civil liberties of people’s rights and we’re not going to take those rights away. … The best we can do right now is take the steps to be cautious and careful and prevent the spread of coronavirus,” Walsh said during a Tuesday press conference. “We could be having a conversation in five days that’s very different than this one.”

The ACLU is recommending the following:

  • State and local law enforcement including the attorney general, district attorneys, and local police should reduce the number of people in state custody in order to prevent the virus from entering a prison or jail. Where possible, non-enforcement or citations should be prioritized over arrests;
  • Massachusetts Department of Correction and county houses of corrections should act to protect the public health of incarcerated people, including ensuring adequate cleaning supplies and access to medical care, and should coordinate with local public health officials to determine other appropriate measures to take;
  • ICE should halt immigration detentions to limit the spread of the virus in jails and detentions centers and to limit the hardships that the virus causes for immigrant communities;
  • State government, in conjunction with local and federal government, must ensure equal access to health care, including free and fair coronavirus testing. Policymakers must ensure that insurance barriers or lack of insurance do not inhibit testing or access to care;
  • Government and employers must ensure that people are protected from job loss and economic hardship. In order to encourage all people to cooperate with health officials and public health guidelines, the government and employers must provide social and economic support including strong paid family and medical leave policies and income support.

Mass. health officials say 445 people are being monitored for coronavirus in the state (March 11)

Health officials said Wednesday that 445 people are undergoing self-quarantine in Massachusetts, monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19. A total number of 1,087 people have been subject to quarantine since the outbreak began, and 638 people have completed the 14-day period of self-isolation.

Schools in Hopkinton, Wayland close following positive COVID-19 tests (March 11)

Schools in Hopkinton and Wayland are closed Wednesday due to concerns following new positive coronavirus tests, officials said.

In Hopkinton, all schools are shut down with district officials pointing to Gov. Charlie Baker’s declaration of a state of emergency on Tuesday and two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the town.

In Wayland, Loker Elementary and the middle school are closed following news that a parent of students at each of the buildings had tested positive for the novel virus.

“The parent had been exposed last week and had chosen to self-quarantine since the exposure,” school officials said in a statement. “The students showed no symptoms of the illness but also self-quarantined beginning Monday of this week.”

The two schools will undergo cleaning on Wednesday.

“We do not have reason to believe that the students were contagious or that students and staff in the two buildings were exposed to COVID-19,” the officials said. “Therefore, based on direction from the Wayland Department of Health, we do not see the need for any students or staff in Loker or the Middle School to consider self-quarantining at this time.”

In Natick, two high school students have tested positive for coronavirus, WCVB relationships. According to the Natick School District, the students were “proactively” pulled from school last week while one of their parents was being tested for coronavirus. The entire family initiated self-quarantine, the district said. The parent tested positive on Sunday, and, late Monday, the students also tested positive.

“The status of Natick High has not changed because the children were quarantined prior to the affected parent receiving their COVID-19 presumptive positive diagnosis,” officials said Tuesday. “In addition, Natick High was cleaned on Friday and Saturday, with typical use cleaning protocols, and was again disinfected using a deep disinfection protocol with enhanced equipment on Sunday. The presumptive positive students have not been in contact with any students or staff since their family-initiated quarantine in the week prior to the situation coming to our attention.”

Babson College joins Amherst, Harvard, and MIT in moving to online classes (March 10)

MIT undergrads won’t return to campus after break; classes will be online only (March 10)

Following similar moves by Amherst College and Harvard (see below), MIT announced late Tuesday afternoon that undergraduate students won’t return to campus after spring break and classes will be taught online.

The plan, per MIT President L. Rafael Reif’s letter:

1. All classes are cancelled for the week of Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. Because the following week is spring break, this will allow faculty and instructors two weeks to organize a full transition to online instruction.

2. Online instruction, which some units are already experimenting with this week, will begin for all classes on Monday, March 30, and continue for the remainder of the semester.

3. Undergraduates should not return to campus after spring break. Undergraduates who live in an MIT residence or fraternity, sorority or independent living group (FSILG) must begin packing and departing this Saturday, March 14. We are requiring undergraduates to depart from campus residences no later than noon on Tuesday, March 17. Please see below for detail on graduate students.

4. Classes will continue this week as we continue to prepare for this transition.

“We are taking this dramatic action to protect the health and safety of everyone at MIT – staff, students, postdocs and faculty – and because MIT has an important role in slowing the spread of this disease,” Reif wrote.

Read his full letter.

92 coronavirus cases now reported in Massachusetts, 70 related to Biogen (March 10)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

New Hampshire announces new case of coronavirus had contact with person who tested positive in Mass. (March 10)

Another person has tested positive for COVID-19 in New Hampshire, health officials announced Tuesday. The adult man from Rockingham County is the state’s fifth presumptive positive test result, and he is currently self-isolated at home.

“This person was identified as a contact to a case of COVID-19 in another state,” New Hampshire officials said in a statement. “The Massachusetts Department of Public Health tested and notified NH DHHS of the presumptive positive case.”

An investigation by health officials found the man remained at home while sick except to seek healthcare, and anyone who may have been in close contact will be notified by the the Department of Health and Human Services.

Massachusetts Legislature announces it will approve $15 million fund to respond to COVID-19 outbreak (March 10)

Massachusetts Senate and House leaders announced Tuesday they will take up a supplemental budget to create a $15 million fund to respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the state.

“Public health emergencies demand immediate action from government, and the House today, alongside its partners in the Senate, committed to taking up legislation in direct response to the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo said in a statement.

Senate President Karen Spilka urged in a statement that residents continue to follow Department of Public Health recommendations to protect against the virus.

“The Senate’s number one priority is to safeguard the health of our residents,” she said. “We are therefore pleased that the House has joined with us to work swiftly and closely to move this funding package forward, which will better prepare our Commonwealth for the impacts of the COVID-19 virus.”

The Legislature will take up the supplemental budget next week.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says city is working on contingency plans to prepare for coronavirus spread (March 10)

Boston officials are putting together contingency plans should city workers be forced to work from home and preparing for if schools need to be closed due to the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Marty Walsh said during a Tuesday press conference.

“We’re preparing for what unfortunately might be the inevitable in the City of Boston,” he said.

Walsh estimated he is spending about 60 to 70 percent of his time focused on the coronavirus response and said conversations around the Boston Marathon remain “fluid” and ongoing.

As of Tuesday, Walsh said there was no deadline for making a decision on the marathon. If it is determined the race can’t take place, Walsh said he would prefer to see a postponement of it rather than a cancellation, pointing out the economic impact to the city is around $211 million from the annual event.

“But again, my job as mayor, and our jobs as leaders, is to make sure that people are safe, so we’re always going to err on the side of caution,” he said.

The mayor stressed that the city is taking the spread of COVID-19 seriously and “taking very aggressive action,” citing the rise in cases in recent days in his decision to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“It was a very different situation a couple weeks ago, and in five days it’s going to be a very different situation again,” Walsh said.

The mayor urged city residents to take the outbreak of the virus seriously.

“I want Bostonians not to be fearful, but to be cautious,” he said.

For those who may think the attention on the virus is out of proportion, Walsh said he hopes that ends up being the case.

“I hope it’s being blown out of proportion,” he said. “I hope I can stand here in three weeks and say it was completely blown out of proportion and we did all this preparation for nothing. … I’ll be happy if I have to do that. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”

Watch the full press conference below:

Harvard and other colleges announce steps for moving to online learning over coronavirus fears (March 10)

Harvard is asking students not to return to campus after spring break, announcing Tuesday that all courses will move to online instruction starting March 23 over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The school is also strongly discouraging any non-essential meetings or events of more than 25 people on campus.

“The decision to move to virtual instruction was not made lightly,” President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement. “The goal of these changes is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings. Our actions are consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 and are also consistent with similar decisions made by a number of our peer institutions. The campus will remain open and operations will continue with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community.”

The move follows a day after Amherst College announced similar plans to move to online classes starting March 23, after the institution’s spring break, and asking all students to leave campus by March 16. Amherst is also canceling  classes Thursday and Friday this week so faculty and staff “time to work on alternate modes of delivering courses, and students have every opportunity to secure transportation.”

MIT also announced Monday that it is suspending in-person meetings of classes with more than 150 students and the affected classes, about 20, will move to a virtual setting.

“We are being guided by our medical professionals who are in close contact with state and national public health officials,” Ian Waitz, vice chancellor for undergraduate and graduate education, wrote in a statement. “They have advised us that while the risk to the community is low and there are no cases on campus as of now, we need to move quickly to help prevent the potential transmission of the disease and to be ready if and when it impacts our campus.”

Boston University announced Tuesday it is asking faculty to prepare to teach classes remotely in the event of an emergency campus shutdown.

Norwood town manager, Arlington student among those testing positive for COVID-19 (March 10)

The town manager of Norwood and an elementary school student in Arlington are among the latest round of Massachusetts residents to test positive for coronavirus, officials say. State health officials announced Monday the total number of cases in Massachusetts has risen to 41.

Norwood officials announced Monday evening that General Manager Tony Mazzucoo tested positive for the novel virus and is in self-quarantine. He began showing symptoms on Thursday, and a professional cleaning crew sanitized and disinfected the Town Hall over the weekend.

“All individuals who are considered close contacts with Mazzucco have been notified by public health officials of the need to self-quarantine and have been given appropriate instructions,” the town said in a statement. “If you have not been contacted by public health officials about self-quarantining you do not need to self-quarantine.”

Arlington officials also announced Monday night that a student at Stratton Elementary School has tested positive for coronavirus. The child’s mother, an employee at Biogen, had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19, and the town closed the elementary school on Monday for cleaning after learning the student was exhibiting symptoms and being tested.

Arlington’s Health Department has informed all faculty, staff, and families of students who are considered by public health officials as being “close contacts” of the ill child.

“Those individuals have been advised to self-quarantine for 14 days and not report to school on Tuesday, in accordance with the advice of DPH,” the town said. “The Town and the Arlington Public Schools stress: If you have not been notified by the Arlington Health Department that you need to self-quarantine, then you do not need to self-quarantine.”

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is canceled (March 9)

Number of Mass. COVID-19 cases rises to 41 (March 9)

The number of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts rose to 41 Monday afternoon — up from 28 on Sunday, according to state health officials. Forty presumptive positive cases have been recorded after state testing, while only one case so far has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, statistics from the state Department of Public Health show. Most of those diagnosed with the coronavirus in the Bay State are men — 23 have tested positive compared to 18 women — while the minority of patients — four of them — have been hospitalized. The vast majority of patients have been linked to the meeting Cambridge biotech firm Biogen held in Boston late last month. As of Monday, 32 patients were either Biogen employees or contacts, officials said. Four cases were travel-related, and five were still under investigation.

Multiple schools in Mass. close over coronavirus concerns (March 9)

With the number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rising to 28 over the weekend, multiple school districts in the state announced closures and steps to prevent spread of the novel virus.

In Arlington, officials closed Stratton Elementary School for Monday after being notified that a parent of a student had tested positive for COVID-19. The child of that parent is also showing symptoms and has been tested; the results are pending. The child’s parent is a woman in her 40s who attended the Biogen conference that has been linked to 23 of the 28 cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts.

“It is never an easy decision to close a school building. We are ever-mindful of childcare needs and family schedules, however we are faced with a challenging and uncertain situation,” Arlington Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Bodie said in a statement. “Without test results in hand, and with a parent who has tested positive for COVID-19, the leadership team in Arlington unanimously feels that it is best to close the Stratton on Monday and re-evaluate during the day. I would like to thank our public health and public safety leaders as well as Town Manager [Adam] Chapdelaine for their guidance and teamwork as we respond to our portion of this worldwide issue.”

The second parent in the household and the other child, who attends Gibbs School, are symptom free but will remain in self-quarantine for 14 days. All other Arlington schools are open.

Two elementary schools in Plainville, the Beatrice H. Wood and Anna Ware Jackson schools, are also closed Monday, according to WHDH. The move was made while a parent of students at the schools was being tested for coronavirus.

Lexington officials announced a town resident had tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering at home in isolation with their family members also in self-quarantine. Two of the family members are students at Bowman Elementary School. The school has been cleaned and remains open, and the two students will remain at home for 14 days and be monitored for symptoms.

A Natick resident is also among those who have tested positive for the virus, school officials She said. The individual has children who attend Natick High School, who are now following the state’s quarantine protocol. The high school was closed Sunday for a “thorough cleaning and sanitation round for every classroom and space throughout the building.”

A Newton resident diagnosed with coronavirus has a child at Horace Mann Elementary, school officials She said. The student, who hasn’t exhibited symptoms, is in quarantine, and the district conducted “deep cleaning and disinfecting” at the school on Sunday.

Schools in Weston were thoroughly cleaned over the weekend, officials She said, after a parent of a middle school student tested positive for coronavirus. The student, who is asymptomatic, has not been in school since last Wednesday and remains in home quarantine.


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