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By adamg - 3/31/20 - 9:18 pm

The city now has a Web site for that, with charts breaking it down by age, gender and date the test results came back. You can export the data to analyze on your own.

Boston has a dashboard.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 9:50 am

The Crimson reports Harvard scientists have found that olfactory nerve cells that detect odors and relay the information to the brain have a couple of types of proteins on their surfaces that Covid-19 seems particularly adept at latching onto and using as a gateway to turn cells into virus-producing machines. So a person scratches his nose or breathes in some particles, the virus lands on these cells and attacks and eventually kills them - sometimes long before before the invaders reach the throat and lungs and wreak more serious damage.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 9:45 pm

City Manager Louis DePasquale announced tonight that the city will convert the War Memorial Recreation Center and garage at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School into a temporary shelter for the homeless - one large enough to be split into three areas, one for people with confirmed Covid-19 diagnoses who don't need hospitalization, one for people who are showing symptoms but have yet to get test results and a third for symptomless people who want to get off the street. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 3:41 pm

Lydia Bourouiba, an MIT professor and director of the Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory, writes that our current six-foot safety zone is based on decades-old work in a laboratory and that might be putting health-care providers at risk. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 3:03 pm

Solmon and Rokeya Chowdhury, who own the Shanti restaurants on Dorchester Avenue and in Roslindale Square and Kendall Square, alerted their customers today that they've temporarily closed the restaurants: Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 8:23 pm

The Cambridge Public Health Department reported tonight that a man in his 80s who had been hospitalized with Covid-19 died from complications of the infection. A total of 70 Cambridge residents have tested positive for the virus.

By Ron Newman - 3/28/20 - 8:46 am

Mount Auburn Cemetery announced that it is closing to the public, effective this Monday, March 30. From that day forward, the gates will be open only from 4 to 6 pm, and only for the purpose of families visiting their loved ones' graves.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 3:10 pm

Biogen, yes, that company, will be one of two companies to work with a California startup that says it has discovered a possible molecule that could be used to fight Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 2:42 pm
Swans off Dorchester

Kelly Lewis spotted a pair of swans doing some social distancing off the Expressway in Dorchester today.

Meanwhile, over in Cambridge yesterday, Barb spotted a pair of turkeys who know that they now rule the roost outdoors, at least on Bellevue Avenue: Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/20 - 10:08 pm

Cambridge officials today announced a ban on reusable bags at stores in the city in an effort to protect store workers from getting infected by customers. Read more.

By Ron Newman - 3/23/20 - 11:39 am

The Cambridge Science Festival, originally scheduled for April 17-26, will not take place this year.

By Ron Newman - 3/23/20 - 5:52 am

The CambridgeSide shopping mall has entirely closed "through at least March 29", except for curbside pick-up at both Best Buy and The Cheesecake Factory.

Earlier: Copley Place and all other Simon Malls are closed, too.

By adamg - 3/22/20 - 2:10 pm

The MBTA is reporting delays of 15 minutes on the Red Line due to a train that joined the choir eternal near Harvard.

By adamg - 3/21/20 - 9:11 pm

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis. DePasquale announced today they're signing contracts with several restaurants in Harvard and Central squares to cook meals for the city's homeless population, at a time when local homeless shelters are having trouble with staffing for their own kitchens. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/20 - 10:51 am

Cambridge Day reports the city's ban on "personal care" facilities starts Monday due to Covid-19 concerns.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 8:50 am

The Harvard Crimson reports.

By adamg - 3/19/20 - 9:38 am

State Rep. Mike Connolly (Cambridge and Somerville) yesterday asked his colleagues to step up the state's game against Covid-19 and get the state to order residents to stay inside except when absolutely necessary: Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/20 - 7:41 pm

Cambridge announced today it's temporarily banning construction due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

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