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By adamg - 4/3/20 - 8:32 pm

COVID-19 Update: Community Tracing Collaborative Announced to Further Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

Gov. Baker announced today that a non-profit group working with the state is hiring 1,000 "contact tracers" to interview Covid-19 patients and find out all the people they may have come in contact with to follow them and get them testing and care if needed. Read more.

By adamg - 4/2/20 - 9:37 am

Over the weekend, BPS custodians and Tufts Medical Center staffers converted the Quincy Elementary School cafeteria, just down Washington Sstreet from the hospital, into a clinic for screening people with Covid-19 symptoms. Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/20 - 2:53 pm

Mayor Walsh today ordered all construction companies to secure their sites and stop all work by Monday for at least two weeks and said both city libraries and community centers will be shut - libraries tonight, community centers on Wednesday - to try to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/20 - 2:09 pm

Ed note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Brookline had set a 5 p.m. curfew on restaurants, because ye ed can't read.

Brookline officials today banned lines of more than 10 people at restaurants and bars - but has lifted its ban on styrofoam containers, to help restaurants speed up preparation of takeout and delivery orders - as part of a town declaration of a state of emergency due to Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 10:30 pm

The Executive Office of the Trial Court announced tonight all of the state's trial courts will be closed for two days - and that jurors already hearing trials will be notified not to come in. Read more

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 10:19 pm

With schools, restaurants, bars and houses of worship closing, the union representing many BPL employees today demanded that library officials order an immediate shutdown of Boston libraries because of concerns that with all the other closings, city libraries will quickly become Covid-19 breeding grounds. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 6:52 pm

Gov. Baker today ordered all restaurants shut - except for kitchens, which can keep filling take-out orders, until April 7, and banned all gatherings of more than 25 people.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 6:18 pm

Big Night Entertainment, which runs 17 clubs, bars and restaurants in Boston and at Foxwoods announced today it's shutting all of them until April 1 due to Covid-19 concerns.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 3:21 pm

After seeing long lines outside South Boston bars yesterday, Mayor Walsh today ordered all bars and restaurants to immediately cut their capacity by 50% and to close no later than 11 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 2:38 pm

Ed note: The following was written by former Herald staffer Adam Smith.

Our family has been pretty good at social distancing, years before it was called for. We got a little better several weeks ago as we could see what was coming – or what we knew was already here, just no light had been shone in the right places to detect it. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 1:40 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports that after South Boston started trending nationally on Twitter yesterday, the neighborhood watering holes have agreed to voluntarily stay closed today.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 12:02 am

Update: Brigham and Women's, too.

WBZ reports. The person is now in self quarantine at home and the hospital is alerting everybody the person had contact with. Read more.

By adamg - 3/14/20 - 5:02 pm

After telling students they could stay in their dorms for the rest of the semester - even if they were taking their classes remotely like everybody else - Northeastern told students today they have to vacate their dorms by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 10:17 pm

The Archdiocese of Boston announced today: Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 5:14 pm

UMass Amherst, which had earlier said it hoped to have students return to campus on April 6, today announced it's just having students move out for good this weekend. In an announcement to the campus and parents, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy writes: Read more.

By Irma la Douce - 3/13/20 - 4:23 pm

For at least the next three weeks, no dates set for rescheduling. (Source: call from one of the surgery depts cancelling a follow-up appt.)

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 3:54 pm

Some 28 school districts announced today they are closing until March 27 because of the Covid-19 threat and despite Gov. Baker's plea to stay open unless they have confirmed cases in students, parents or staffers - including Everett, which had earlier announced a 30-day shutdown. Read more.

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