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CASE TRENDS IN BOSTON
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STATEWIDE FACE COVERING MANDATE
NEW STEPS AND PROGRESS TO EXPAND TESTING ACCESS
BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE
EXPANDING FOOD ACCESS FOR FAMILIES AND SENIORS
CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS
CONSTRUCTION
HELP COVID-19 EFFORTS
STAY INFORMED

 

COVID-19 CASES
The City of Boston has 10,077 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. So far, 2,384 of these 10,077 residents have fully recovered. There have been 442 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston residents. 

 

The City posts race and ethnicity data for deaths, as well as for confirmed cases here.

 

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org.

 

Massachusetts has 69,087 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 4,090 deaths reported at this time. Massachusetts has also tested 324,268 individuals to date. 

 

The City of Boston has two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.  View them here.

 

The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in for English. Language and communications access remains a priority for Mayor Walsh, so this text service which was available in Spanish, Haitan Creole, French, Cabo Verdean Creole, and Portuguese, now includes Somali, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian.
  • Text BOSEspanol to 888-777 for Spanish
  • Text BOSKreyol to 888-777 for Haitian Kreyol
  • Text BOSFrancais to 888-777 for French
  • Text BOSKriolu to 888-777 for Cabo Verdean Creole
  • Text BOSPortugues to 888-777 for Portuguese
  • Text BOSSoomali to 888-777 for Somali
  • Text BOSChi to 888-777 for Simplified Chinese
  • Text BOSbilAraby to 888-777 for Arabic
  • Text BOSViet to 888-777 for Vietnamese
  • Text BOSRus to 888-777 for Russian
Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide. 

 

CASE TRENDS IN BOSTON
At Today’s press briefing, Mayor Walsh provided some additional data to illustrate the current state of the coronavirus outbreak in Boston.
  • The daily increase in cases has been roughly steady for some time. 
  • The number of people in ICU care for COVID-19 at Boston hospitals has been gradually going down. 
  • At the same time, Boston hospitals are still operating at around 120% of normal ICU capacity. 
  • We are still relying on Boston Hope Medical Center at the BCEC to help make that space available. As of Sunday night, there were 161 patients at Boston Hope, including 63 on the homeless respite side, and 98 on the hospital side. Altogether, 548 patients have been treated at the facility. This is allowing hospitals to maintain expanded ICU capacity. 
  • Mayor Walsh expressed that Boston is moving in the right direction, but that this is not a time to ease up on the precautions we are taking to prevent the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 INFORMATION BOOKLETS
This weekend we began distributing new COVID-19 information booklets with information on how to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak. This information is available in 7 languages. In total, we will be distributing about 70,000 of these booklets to places like convenience stores, banks, and food distribution sites. Following the recommendations of the City of Boston’s COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force, we are targeting neighborhoods with the greatest needs to bridge information gaps. You may find a copy of the booklet here.

 

STATEWIDE FACE COVERING MANDATE
Governor Baker’s executive order requiring all Massachusetts residents over the age of 2 to wear face coverings in public and wherever physical distancing is a challenge, goes into effect on Wednesday, May 6. This includes at grocery stores, retail stores, and on public transit. An example of how to make a face covering can be found here.

 

NEW STEPS AND PROGRESS TO EXPAND TESTING ACCESS
  • So far, about 28,000 Boston residents, or 4% of the City’s population, have been tested for COVID-19. Last week, testing increased by 44%. Currently, about 32% of people who get tested are testing positive. This number has been trending down slightly. We are analyzing the data to see how the virus is impacting certain neighborhoods the hardest.
  • COVID-19 testing is being conducted at Boston’s hospitals and community health centers. By the end of this week, there will be 19 testing sites in Boston. This week, Brigham & Women’s Hospital will begin running a testing site at the BCYF Tobin Center in Roxbury. Residents can find a map of testing sites on boston.gov and bphc.org. The Mayor reminded residents to call ahead for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment.
  • We continue to conduct universal testing among the homeless population. So far, more than 1,800 homeless individuals in Boston have been tested. About 33%, or 596 individuals, have tested positive. 2 homeless individuals have passed away from COVID-19 in Boston.
  • The City of Boston’s antibody testing initiative is ongoing. This is a partnership with Mass General Hospital, that entails testing 1,000 residents of East Boston, Roslindale and the 02121 and 02125 zip codes of Dorchester. These neighborhoods reflect Boston’s diversity and the results will provide important information about how different populations are being impacted. We will make a summary of the results available, including the numbers and percentage of residents who test positive for the virus and its antibodies.

 

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE:
  • On Friday, May 1, BPS shared new policies with families and schools for remote learning. Those policies go into effect today, Monday May 4. This updated learning plan gives more guidance for students and teachers around attendance, assignments, grading, and scheduling. It also provides predictability for families with routine class schedules and contact between students and teachers. 
    • As part of the new policies, no student will be held back in their grade. All students will advance to the next grade and have opportunities for summer learning and additional support in the fall. 
    • If parents believe their child would benefit from repeating their grade, they can request a meeting with their teacher to discuss further.
  • The City of Boston is working with the Boston Public Schools to develop plans to honor graduating seniors and their families. Details will be shared soon.
  • Mayor Walsh thanked Boston’s teachers and staff for their continued cooperation during this difficult time, acknowledging that this week is Teachers Appreciation Week, and tomorrow is National Teachers Day.
  • The Mayor stated that throughout the final weeks of the school year, BPS will continue distributing free meals for students and other resources; connecting with students on a routine basis; and collaborating with school communities, nonprofit partners, and parent groups, to ensure that students are getting the support they need. 
Meal Distribution sites near Fenway, Kenmore, and Mission Hill include the following:
 
BCYF Tobin at 1481 Tremont Street — 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Boston Latin School at 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur 
— 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
YMCA at 316 Huntington Ave — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Blackstone Elementary School at 380 Shawmut Ave — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Vibrant Boston Community Center at Lenox/Camden at 136 Lenox St — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

EXPANDING FOOD ACCESS FOR FAMILIES AND SENIORS
On May 4th, Mayor Walsh discussed new food benefits for families and on-going programs that serve seniors in Boston.
  • Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) is a special food benefit authorized by the federal coronavirus bill. It’s available for all Boston Public Schools and Charter School students while schools are closed. Households will receive $5.70 per child per school day for the duration of school closures—or $28.50 a week per child. If families currently receive SNAP benefits, the P-EBT will be added to their cards. If families aren’t enrolled, they will get cards sent to them in the mail. Some families may have gotten their benefits last week, and everyone else can expect to receive theirs in the coming weeks. 
  • Using P-EBT benefits does not impact any adult or child’s immigration status, and the Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits. 
  • If families have questions about P-EBT, SNAP, WIC or other food resources, they can call Project Bread’s Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. They can also contact the city’s Office of Food Access at 617-635-3717 or by email at food@boston.gov.
  • The City of Boston also continues to operate 65 youth-oriented meal sites, which are open every weekday with weekend meals available on Friday. Eight of these sites serve youth and adults in East Boston, Dorchester, South Boston, Mattapan, and Brighton, Mission Hill and Egleston Square, which is easily accessible from Roxbury and JP.  By the end of this week, we will have added an additional 8 sites in East Boston, Charlestown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Roxbury, almost doubling the number of meals available to adults. The City of Boston has served more than 740,000 meals at its meal sites so far. For hours and locations, visit the Food Resources Map on Boston.gov or call 3-1-1.
  • We continue to serve seniors through the Meals on Wheels program. Last week over 58,000 meals were distributed, representing a 33% increase from the pre-COVID levels. 
  • The City of Boston is launching a new food program with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston Public Schools, the Boston Housing Authority, and the Age Strong Commission. This week, they will distribute 2,400 boxes of food to households in need within the Boston Housing Authority and at others identified by the Age Strong Commission. 
  • Mayor Walsh thanked all of the partners who have helped make this happen, including volunteers with the Building Trades, the Boston Housing Authority, and the Newmarket Business Association.
CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS
All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.
  • City Hall is open to the public only on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am.to 5 pm
  • Public access to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue is limited to the Boston Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor and residents must be accompanied when entering the building. 
  • Everyone entering City Hall, including employees and members of the public, will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperature.
  • Residents are required to make appointments if they need to visit any of the essential services offered out of City Hall, and can learn more about the status of city departments and hours of operation here. 

 

Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.

 

CONSTRUCTION
Due to the public health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Walsh announced that he is extending the City of Boston’s order to pause non-essential construction for City of Boston permitted sites. The initial order announced on March 16th was set for 14 days and will now continue until further notice. Additional information can be found here

 

HELP COVID19 EFFORTS
  • Stay home. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.
  • Wear a face covering if you absolutely must go outside. Face covers help reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they are asymptomatic. Visit CDC guidelines on face coverings for more information and guidance. 
  • Observe the recommended curfew for everyone in Boston except for essential workers to stay at home from 9 pm to 6 am daily 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at buoy.com/mass.
  • Donate supplies to first responders here
  • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here
  • Volunteer with the City of Boston here 
  • For Food access needs, visit our Food Resources Map or call 3-1-1
  • Fill out the 2020 Census. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted. 

 

STAY INFORMED
Receive the latest COVID19 info from reliable sources. Visit: bphc.org/coronavirus; boston.gov/coronavirus; mass.gov/2019coronavirus. Call: 311 or 211

 

We will keep you informed as we receive updates. Stay healthy and stay safe.

Please be aware that:

South Boston and Fenway experienced higher positive rates during the past week compared to previous data and that the city is working to increase testing in these neighborhoods. 

Please find the latest updates from The City of Boston regarding COVID-19.

COVID-19 CASES

TESTING UPDATE

FACE COVERINGS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING

IMPORTANCE OF SAFE DRIVING

COMMUNITY OUTREACH UPDATE 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

BOSTON SOCIAL FITNESS VIRTUAL EVENT

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE

CONSTRUCTION

HELP COVID-19 EFFORTS

STAY INFORMED


COVID-19 CASES

The City of Boston has 9,590 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. So far, 2,201 of these 9,590 residents have fully recovered. There have been 410 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston residents. 


The City posts race and ethnicity data for deaths, as well as for confirmed cases here.


The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org.


Massachusetts has 64,311 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 3,716 deaths reported at this time. Massachusetts has also tested 289,636 individuals to date. 


The City of Boston has two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.  View them here.


The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in for English. Language and communications access remains a priority for Mayor Walsh, so this text service which was available in Spanish, Haitan Creole, French, Cabo Verdean Creole, and Portuguese, now includes Somali, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian.

  • Text BOSEspanol to 888-777 for Spanish

  • Text BOSKreyol to 888-777 for Haitian Kreyol

  • Text BOSFrancais to 888-777 for French

  • Text BOSKriolu to 888-777 for Cabo Verdean Creole

  • Text BOSPortugues to 888-777 for Portuguese

  • Text BOSSoomali to 888-777 for Somali

  • Text BOSChi to 888-777 for Simplified Chinese

  • Text BOSbilAraby to 888-777 for Arabic

  • Text BOSViet to 888-777 for Vietnamese

  • Text BOSRus to 888-777 for Russian

Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide. 


TESTING UPDATE

This week, testing in Boston increased over 44% from the previous week. To date, nearly 28,000 Boston residents have been tested for coronavirus. Of those total tests, 32% have tested positive, a slight decrease from the 33% reported last week. Mayor Walsh provided an update on some updates on testing availability and results in different neighborhoods.

  • East Boston had 86% more testing than it had the previous week. This was the biggest increase in testing of any neighborhood. The percentage of people testing positive in East Boston went down, but East Boston still has the highest positive rates in the city. 

  • Mattapan, Roxbury, West Roxbury and Hyde Park had the largest decreases in positives comparing this week with previous data.

  • South Boston and Fenway experienced higher positive rates during the past week compared to previous data. We are working to increase testing in these neighborhoods. 

  • The City is working to open new testing sites in Jamaica Plain and Charlestown. 

  • We continue to conduct universal testing for Boston’s homeless population in both city-run and nonprofit shelters. 

  • Antibody testing of 1000 residents is underway, and should be completed by the end of this week. Participants will be tested for the presence of antibodies as well as for the COVID virus itself. The data from the antibody testing program will provide a snapshot of how prevalent the outbreak is in certain zip codes, and provide important insights into how the virus spreads. We appreciate all of the residents participating as testing will empower them with knowledge about their own status.

FACE COVERINGS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Mayor Walsh continued to stress the importance of wearing face coverings in public. Everyone should wear a face covering over their nose and mouth anytime they leave their home and are around other people. This includes while running, cycling, entering essential businesses, or other buildings.  

  • The City of Boston has been working with the State to strengthen the guidance on face coverings. On Friday afternoon, Governor Baker issued an executive order requiring all Massachusetts residents over the age of 2 to wear masks in public, including at grocery stores, retail stores, and on transit. The order goes into effect on Wednesday, May 6. 

  • Mayor Walsh also reminded people not to gather in groups of any kind, including this weekend, when the forecast calls for pleasant weather. Please stay home and avoid contact with others, respect the recommended curfew from 9pm to 6am, stay at least six feet from other people at all times, wash your hands frequently and clean and sanitize surfaces frequently.

IMPORTANCE OF SAFE DRIVING

During the public health emergency, there have been fewer cars on the road, and there have been fewer crashes. Mayor Walsh stated that over the past five years, traffic fatalities have gone down by more than half in Boston, and that this is not the time to go backwards.

  • BPD has reported more speeding and hospitals are reporting more severe injuries from crashes. Injuries are more severe and death more likely when speeds are higher at impact, even just by a few miles per hour.

  • All drivers should respect speed limits, and to pay attention to how fast they are going on the roads, and be aware of their surroundings.

  • In Boston, all roads have a default speed limit of 25 miles per hour unless otherwise posted. 

  • Mayor Walsh stated that over the past five years, traffic fatalities have gone down by more than half in Boston, and that this is not the time to go backwards.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH UPDATE

Mayor Walsh discussed a key priority is to keep all residents informed about the coronavirus in a transparent and timely manner. Besides these regular emails to community groups, we’re also engaged in the following efforts.

  • The City of Boston has more than 200 print and digital billboards displaying critical public health information throughout the city.

  • Nearly 65,000 people have signed up for the City’s text alert system, which is available in 11 languages. Sign up by texting BOSCOVID to 888-777. 

  • Boston.gov/coronavirus has all the latest information and resources, available in 11 languages, including English. 

  • Residents can also call the 3-1-1 helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • In March, 1,000 volunteers delivered printed information in multiple languages to every home in Boston. 

  • We have deployed sound trucks to neighborhoods with higher rates of coronavirus, including Mattapan, Dorchester, Hyde Park, East Boston, Roslindale, and Roxbury. 

  • Robocalls with new information in multiple languages go out to more than 70,000 seniors multiple times per week. 

  • Today the Mayor announced that the City will be distributing community care kits to areas that our COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force identified as having the greatest need. These kits will contain things like resources and supplies to help residents stay healthy and safe. We are partnering with a local vendor, Dorchester-based College Hype, to distribute these items.

  • We’ve also printed new booklets with critical information on how to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak, including how to make a face covering, how to practice physical distancing, what to do if you get sick, and more. Neighborhood liaisons will distribute nearly 100,000 of these booklets this weekend. 

  • The City of Boston will be putting up new signage in high-traffic areas. These signs will include information in 7 languages, and they will start going up this weekend. 

  • The City is also producing posters which will be displayed in the windows of neighborhood businesses.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

May is Mental Health Month, and the Mayor acknowledged the additional stress that people are facing this year due to the global pandemic. He reminded residents that it is normal to feel sad, scared, lonely, or overwhelmed, and that there are resources available. We urge you call your health care provider to get set up with telehealth counseling 

  • People can also call the City of Boston’s 24-hour helpline at 3-1-1 to get connected to anonymous counseling over the phone.

  • The City of Boston is reaching out to City employees to make them aware of mental health resources that are available to them through the Employee Assistance Program. The Mayor encouraged other employers to make the mental health of their employees a top priority. 

  • We also have resources for students who are struggling. BPS School psychologists, social workers, and counselors are reaching out to families to plan and support students while schools are closed. If parents have concerns, and their child does not already see a counselor, they should reach out to their school.

  • Mayor Walsh reminded residents that anyone dealing with a health or safety emergency should call 9-1-1 right away. 

  • If you are having suicidal thoughts, call or text The Samaritans at 877-870-4673. You can also reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. 

  • Anyone facing domestic abuse, child abuse, or suspects abuse should call 9-1-1. They can also call SafeLink, the State’s 24/7 toll-free hotline at 877-785-2020. It now also includes resources and support for survivors of sexual assault. 

  • All of the City’s recovery services are still open. We have online resources including links to online meetings at Boston.gov/Recovery. You can also call 3-1-1.

BOSTON SOCIAL FITNESS VIRTUAL EVENT

The City of Boston in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will be hosting a virtual Boston Social Fitness Festival in honor of National Fitness Day on May 2nd.

  • Sign up for FREE live at-home fitness classes here

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.

  • City Hall is open to the public only on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am.to 5 pm

  • Public access to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue is limited to the Boston Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor and residents must be accompanied when entering the building. 

  • Everyone entering City Hall, including employees and members of the public, will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperature.

  • Residents are required to make appointments if they need to visit any of the essential services offered out of City Hall, and can learn more about the status of city departments and hours of operation here. 


Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.


BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Boston Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The next phase of learning from home starts on Monday, May 4. Families will receive additional information from the Superintendent later this week about attendance, grading, and schedules.

  • Schools will be creating individualized learning plans for students with the highest needs, to make sure no one falls behind. These expectations may continue to evolve as the City gets further guidance from the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the US Department of Education.

  • The City of Boston continues to support remote learning for BPS students, including setting up more than 2,000 wifi hotspots, distributing more than 30,000 laptops, and serving free breakfast and lunch every single weekday to youth and children at 65 locations. To date, the City has served more than half a million meals at youth meal sites. We also operate six adult meal sites for grab-and-go meals. A map of Boston’s food resources can be found here

  • We are focused on students’ social and emotional health. Going forward, every school will have a Student Support Team to monitor students’ well-being, engagement, and progress. 

  • We will continue to share more details about our plans for the Boston Public Schools throughout this week.


Meal Distribution sites near Fenway, Kenmore, and Mission Hill include the following:

 
BCYF Tobin at 1481 Tremont Street — 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Boston Latin School at 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur 
— 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
YMCA at 316 Huntington Ave — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Blackstone Elementary School at 380 Shawmut Ave — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Vibrant Boston Community Center at Lenox/Camden at 136 Lenox St — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


CONSTRUCTION

Due to the public health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Walsh announced that he is extending the City of Boston’s order to pause non-essential construction for City of Boston permitted sites. The initial order announced on March 16th was set for 14 days and will now continue until further notice. Additional information can be found here


HELP COVID19 EFFORTS

  • Stay home. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.

  • Wear a face covering if you absolutely must go outside. Face covers help reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they are asymptomatic. Visit CDC guidelines on face coverings for more information and guidance. 

  • Observe the recommended curfew for everyone in Boston except for essential workers to stay at home from 9 pm to 6 am daily 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at buoy.com/mass.

  • Donate supplies to first responders here

  • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here

  • Volunteer with the City of Boston here 

  • For Food access needs, visit our Food Resources Map or call 3-1-1

  • Fill out the 2020 Census. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted. 


STAY INFORMED

Receive the latest COVID19 info from reliable sources. Visit: bphc.org/coronavirus; boston.gov/coronavirus; mass.gov/2019coronavirus. Call: 311 or 211


We will keep you informed as we receive updates. Stay healthy and stay safe.

Please see updates regarding COVID-19 in Boston as of April, 29th, 2020.

COVID-19 CASES

PRECAUTIONS INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE

EXTENSION OF STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ADVISORY AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES ORDER

EXPANDING ACCESS TO TESTING

BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND NEW GRANTEES

FOOD ACCESS UPDATE

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS

RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

EXPANDING INTERNET ACCESS

LOVE YOUR BLOCK SUNFLOWER SEED CARE KITS

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE

CONSTRUCTION

HELP COVID-19 EFFORTS

STAY INFORMED

 

COVID-19 CASES

The City of Boston has 9,055 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. So far, 1,986 of these 9,055 residents have fully recovered. There have been 340 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston residents.

 

The City posts race and ethnicity data for deaths, as well as for confirmed cases on boston.gov/coronavirus. The data shows that of the 293 deaths in Boston, where race is known, 43% are white, 34% are black, 8% are Asian or Pacific Islander, 11% are Latino, and 4% are identified as other. The City of Boston’s COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force meets regularly. They are identifying key strategies to address inequities including expanded testng, data sharing and analysis, and strengthening neighborhood outreach.

 

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org.

 

Massachusetts has 60,265 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 3,405 deaths reported at this time. Massachusetts has also tested 265,618 individuals to date.

 

The City of Boston has two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.  View them here.

 

The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in for English. Language and communications access remains a priority for Mayor Walsh, so this text service which was available in Spanish, Haitan Creole, French, Cabo Verdean Creole, and Portuguese, now includes Somali, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian.

  • Text BOSEspanol to 888-777 for Spanish

  • Text BOSKreyol to 888-777 for Haitian Kreyol

  • Text BOSFrancais to 888-777 for French

  • Text BOSKriolu to 888-777 for Cabo Verdean Creole

  • Text BOSPortugues to 888-777 for Portuguese

  • Text BOSSoomali to 888-777 for Somali

  • Text BOSChi to 888-777 for Simplified Chinese

  • Text BOSbilAraby to 888-777 for Arabic

  • Text BOSViet to 888-777 for Vietnamese

  • Text BOSRus to 888-777 for Russian

Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide.

 

PRECAUTIONS INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE

We know that the biggest tools we have to limit the spread of COVID-19 is physical distancing and proper hygiene. Mayor Walsh offered the following reminders in his remarks today.

  • The Mayor urged residents to stay home and avoid contact with others; respect the recommended curfew from 9pm to 6am; wear a face covering whenever they leave home; stay at least six feet from other people at all times; wash their hands and clean and sanitize surfaces frequently.

  • The Mayor made a specific plea to runners and cyclists. He said that they need to wear a face covering when exercising in order to protect themselves and others. He reminded residents that many people who are infected with COVID do not show symptoms, and may not be aware that they are passing it along when they run or bike near others.

  • The Mayor repeated his call for people to not hesitate to seek medical help if they are experiencing a medical emergency. If residents are having mild or moderate symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, they should call their doctor or the 3-1-1 Health Line. But if they are having a medical emergency of any kind, including difficulty breathing, chest pains, or signs of stroke, they should call 9-1-1 immediately. That also applies to anyone who feels threatened by violence in the home, or is aware of abuse going on.

 

EXTENSION OF STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ADVISORY AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES ORDER

Mayor Walsh voiced support for the Governor’s decision to extend the stay-at-home order, the ban on non-essential businesses operating physical locations, and the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people until May 18.

  • Governor Baker has created a Reopening Advisory Board, composed of public health, state and local government, and private industry leaders. As a member of the 17-person board, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Kathryn Burton will be the City of Boston’s point person for coordinating the state and city reopening framework. More information including a full list of the Reopening Advisory Board members can be found here.

  • The Boston Public Health Commission’s Public Health Emergency remains in effect until further notice. The curfew advisory has been extended to May 18. All measures taken by the City of Boston will continue to be guided by local public health data and expert advice.

EXPANDING ACCESS TO TESTING

This week, with support from the Boston Resiliency Fund, three more community health centers will start offering COVID-19 testing: Fenway Health in the Fenway neighborhood; Driscoll-Neponset Health Center in Dorchester; and Charles River Community Health in Brighton.

  • When these three new sites are up and running, there will be a total of 19 testing sites operating in the City of Boston. Locations, hours, and contact information for all open sites are available at boston.gov/coronavirus.

  • The City continues to conduct universal testing for Boston’s homeless population in both city-run and nonprofit shelters.

  • Antibody testing of 1000 residents is also underway, and should be completed by the end of this week. Participants will be tested for the presence of antibodies as well as for the COVID virus itself. The data from the antibody testing program will provide a snapshot of how prevalent the outbreak is in certain zip codes, and provide important insights into how the virus spreads. We appreciate all of the residents participating as testing will empower them with knowledge about their own status.

BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND NEW GRANTEES

So far, including today’s awardees, the Boston Resiliency Fund has raised a total of $27.4 million from nearly 5000 donors, and distributed $15.2 million to 165 organizations.

  • Today, 18 organizations were awarded a total of $1.4 million including community health centers, the Greater Boston Food Bank, local food providers in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan; organizations serving seniors; organizations serving unsheltered homeless people; and organizations serving immigrant communities that provide culturally specific food and services.

  • Full list of grantees can be found here

 

FOOD ACCESS UPDATE

The City of Boston and its partners have served more than half a million meals at 65 youth-oriented meal pickup sites across the city since the school closure went into effect.

  • He acknowledged the financial hardships that people are going through and pledged to continue providing support.

  • Seven of these meal sites are now serving adults, focusing on the neighborhoods with the greatest needs. The newest one opened today at the East Boston Social Center. Tomorrow, an eighth site will come online at the BHA’s Alice Taylor apartments in Mission Hill.

  • A map of meal sites and information about other food resources are available at boston.gov/coronavirus.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS

On April 29th, Mayor Walsh announced that the City of Boston has secured over $10 million in Federal funding to re-supply rental relief and small business relief programs and meet other essential needs. With May 1st on the horizon and the rent or mortgage due for many, we also wanted to remind folks of the following resources.

  • Anyone struggling to pay their rent or mortgage should reach out to their landlord or bank and ask what options are available.

  • The City is working with its non-profit partners to process 800 applications for the Rental Relief Fund; and it’s working with the State and Federal governments to identify additional resources for this program.

  • Today the Mayor announced that two additional banks, Leader Bank and Berkshire Bank, have signed on to the City’s Foreclosure Prevention Plan, bringing the total to 17 lenders. Participating lenders agree to defer mortgage payments for at least three months, and more if necessary; to not report late payments to credit rating agencies; and to provide scheduled repayment plans.

    • Other recent signees include the Boston Firefighters Credit Union, and the lenders that work with Mass Housing and the Mass Housing Partnership on first-time homeowner programs.

  • The Mayor reminded residents that if they are having a difficult time paying their mortgage, they should reach out to their lender. The Boston Home Center is also available to provide additional assistance at 617-635-HOME. More information here.

  • The State of Massachusetts also passed legislation to ban evictions and foreclosures during the public health emergency.

RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

We encourage small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to reach out to the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development about resources that may be available. Email smallbiz@boston.gov for more information.

  • By the end of this week, the City’s Small Business Relief Fund, which started with $2 million, will have distributed 83% of those funds to over 500 businesses in the City of Boston.

  • New federal funding will allow the City to fulfill all eligible and approved grant requests for small businesses in the industries most impacted by the COVID-19 response.

EXPANDING INTERNET ACCESS

  • So far, the City of Boston has distributed over 30,000 free Chromebook laptops and 2,400 free WiFi hotspots to get families online. We will continue to provide these resources, which are important as the next phase of distance learning is introduced by BPS in the coming week. To request a Chromebook, go to bostonpublicschools.org or call 3-1-1. To request WiFi hotspots, please contact your child’s school directly.

  • For anyone who already has internet service, Boston’s internet and wireless providers agreed to suspend service cut-offs and late fees through March and April. Verizon, Comcast, and RCN have extended their pledge through June 30.

 

LOVE YOUR BLOCK SUNFLOWER SEED CARE KITS

Love Your Block in partnership with The Roxbury Sunflower Project and Eastie Farms will be giving away free sunflower seeds with care instructions to anyone who requests a packet.

  • Our goal is to promote mental health wellness and passive family friendly activities that will help beautify our communities.

  • Requests can be made here and will be filled on a first come basis until supplies run out.

  • Learn more about The Roxbury Sunflower Project led by artist Ekua Holmes here and here

 

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.

  • City Hall is open to the public only on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am.to 5 pm

  • Public access to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue is limited to the Boston Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor and residents must be accompanied when entering the building.

  • Everyone entering City Hall, including employees and members of the public, will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperature.

  • Residents are required to make appointments if they need to visit any of the essential services offered out of City Hall, and can learn more about the status of city departments and hours of operation here. 

 

Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.

 

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Boston Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The next phase of learning from home starts on Monday, May 4. Families will receive additional information from the Superintendent later this week about attendance, grading, and schedules.

  • Schools will be creating individualized learning plans for students with the highest needs, to make sure no one falls behind. These expectations may continue to evolve as the City gets further guidance from the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the US Department of Education.

  • The City of Boston continues to support remote learning for BPS students, including setting up more than 2,000 wifi hotspots, distributing more than 30,000 laptops, and serving free breakfast and lunch every single weekday to youth and children at 65 locations. To date, the City has served more than half a million meals at youth meal sites. We also operate six adult meal sites for grab-and-go meals. A map of Boston’s food resources can be found here.

  • We are focused on students’ social and emotional health. Going forward, every school will have a Student Support Team to monitor students’ well-being, engagement, and progress.

  • We will continue to share more details about our plans for the Boston Public Schools throughout this week.

 

Meal Distribution sites near Fenway, Kenmore, and Mission Hill include the following:

 
BCYF Tobin at 1481 Tremont Street — 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Boston Latin School at 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur 
— 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
YMCA at 316 Huntington Ave — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Blackstone Elementary School at 380 Shawmut Ave — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Vibrant Boston Community Center at Lenox/Camden at 136 Lenox St — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

CONSTRUCTION

Due to the public health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Walsh announced that he is extending the City of Boston’s order to pause non-essential construction for City of Boston permitted sites. The initial order announced on March 16th was set for 14 days and will now continue until further notice. Additional information can be found here.

 

HELP COVID19 EFFORTS

  • Stay home. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.

  • Wear a face covering if you absolutely must go outside. Face covers help reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they are asymptomatic. Visit CDC guidelines on face coverings for more information and guidance.

  • Observe the recommended curfew for everyone in Boston except for essential workers to stay at home from 9 pm to 6 am daily

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at buoy.com/mass.

  • Donate supplies to first responders here

  • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here

  • Volunteer with the City of Boston here

  • For Food access needs, visit our Food Resources Map or call 3-1-1

  • Fill out the 2020 Census. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted.

 

STAY INFORMED

Receive the latest COVID19 info from reliable sources. Visit: bphc.org/coronavirus; boston.gov/coronavirus; mass.gov/2019coronavirus. Call: 311 or 211

 

We will keep you informed as we receive updates. Stay healthy and stay safe.

New Trees in Fenway

Some good news!
After years of advocating for street tree replacements along Park Drive in the Fenway, Fenway Civic Association is happy to report that some 50 trees have been planted by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This is an example of what coordination between public, private, and citizen efforts can yield.
We would like to recognize the special efforts of Conservancy Field Operations Manager Ellen Arnstein, landscape architects Kyle Zick and Mike Doucette, and DCR’s Stella Lensing and Jeff Enochs.
The handsome specimens consist of hornbeam, redbud, serviceberry, linden, tupelo, and elms.
These trees will need everyone’s care and attention as they become established in the next few years.
Please encourage your building and your neighbors to water them 20 gallons once a week in times of heat stress.

COVID-19 CASES

ANTIBODY TESTING INITIATIVE

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE

EXPIRATION OF MAY 4TH STATE OF MA STAY-AT-HOME ADVISORY

BOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSION COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

REMINDER TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

CONSTRUCTION

HIRING BPHC POSITIONS

HELP COVID-19 EFFORTS

STAY INFORMED

 

COVID-19 CASES

The City of Boston has 8,421 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. So far, 1,724 of these 8,421 residents have fully recovered. There have been 315 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston residents. 

 

The City posts race and ethnicity data for deaths, as well as for confirmed cases on boston.gov/coronavirus. As of yesterday, the data shows that of the 193 deaths in Boston, where race is known, 42% are white, 33% are black, 8% are Asian or Pacific Islander, 12% are Latino, and 4% are identified as other. The City of Boston’s COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force meets regularly. They are identifying key strategies to address inequities including expanded testng, data sharing and analysis, and strengthening neighborhood outreach.

 

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org.

 

Massachusetts has 56,462 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 3,003 deaths reported at this time. Massachusetts has also tested 244,887 individuals to date. 

 

The City of Boston has two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.  View them here.

 

The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in for English. Language and communications access remains a priority for Mayor Walsh, so this text service which was available in Spanish, Haitan Creole, French, Cabo Verdean Creole, and Portuguese, now includes Somali, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian.

  • Text BOSEspanol to 888-777 for Spanish

  • Text BOSKreyol to 888-777 for Haitian Kreyol

  • Text BOSFrancais to 888-777 for French

  • Text BOSKriolu to 888-777 for Cabo Verdean Creole

  • Text BOSPortugues to 888-777 for Portuguese

  • Text BOSSoomali to 888-777 for Somali

  • Text BOSChi to 888-777 for Simplified Chinese

  • Text BOSbilAraby to 888-777 for Arabic

  • Text BOSViet to 888-777 for Vietnamese

  • Text BOSRus to 888-777 for Russian

Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide. 

 

ANTIBODY TESTING INITIATIVE

On April 27th, Mayor Walsh announced that the City of Boston is launching an antibody testing initiative. 

  • In partnership with Mass General Hospital, the City will test 1,000 residents of East Boston, Roslindale and the 02121 and 02125 zip codes of Dorchester. These neighborhoods reflect the diversity of our City and will give us important information about how different populations are being impacted.

  • Residents who agree to participate will be tested for both the COVID-19 virus and COVID-19 antibodies. This information should help the City understand and contain the virus more effectively, and chart the path to recovery.

  • Regular testing detects the presence of the virus and shows whether someone is currently infected. Antibody testing helps show how many people have already recovered from the virus.

  • Testing in the community will give a better idea of how widespread the outbreak really is in Boston, and give an estimate of how many more people will likely be infected. It will help the City plan and use resources in a smart way, and target areas that are the most vulnerable.

  • The Mayor gave an overview of the City’s expanded testing efforts, including:

    • Setting up 15 testing sites across Boston’s neighborhoods. 

    • Creating a map which shows the locations, hours, and contact information for all testing sites in Boston.

    • Collecting and and sharing data on testing, including race, ethnicity, and neighborhood information. 

    • Increasing testing by over 30% in the last week, with increases as big as 57% in some areas.

    • Universal testing for our homeless population after securing 1,000 additional tests last week.

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS UPDATE:

Boston Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The next phase of learning from home starts on Monday, May 4. Families will receive additional information from the Superintendent later this week about attendance, grading, and schedules.

  • Schools will be creating individualized learning plans for students with the highest needs, to make sure no one falls behind. These expectations may continue to evolve as the City gets further guidance from the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the US Department of Education.

  • The City of Boston continues to support remote learning for BPS students, including setting up more than 2,000 wifi hotspots, distributing more than 30,000 laptops, and serving free breakfast and lunch every single weekday to youth and children at 65 locations. To date, the City has served more than half a million meals at youth meal sites. We also operate six adult meal sites for grab-and-go meals. A map of Boston’s food resources can be found here

  • We are focused on students’ social and emotional health. Going forward, every school will have a Student Support Team to monitor students’ well-being, engagement, and progress. 

  • We will continue to share more details about our plans for the Boston Public Schools throughout this week.

Meal Distribution sites near Fenway, Kenmore, and Mission Hill include the following:

 
BCYF Tobin at 1481 Tremont Street — 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Boston Latin School at 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur 
— 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
YMCA at 316 Huntington Ave — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Blackstone Elementary School at 380 Shawmut Ave — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Vibrant Boston Community Center at Lenox/Camden at 136 Lenox St — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

EXPIRATION OF MAY 4TH STATE OF MA STAY-AT-HOME ADVISORY

Mayor Walsh today stated that May 4 will be too early to relax any of the local or state measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

  • He acknowledged the financial hardships that people are going through and pledged to continue providing support. 

  • The City of Boston is building a recovery framework that will give us a flexible guide for short, medium and long-term recovery steps, based on data-driven public health benchmarks and including public health guidelines for how to re-open. 

  • The Mayor promised continued transparency about the reasoning and the timeline for every decision.

 

REMINDER TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP

Mayor Walsh reminded everyone that if they are feeling sick, they should call their doctor or the 3-1-1 Health Line before going to the hospital. But if they are having a medical emergency of any kind, they should call 9-1-1 immediately. 

  • That includes difficulty breathing or pain in your chest, as well as anyone facing domestic violence or abuse. 

  • The City of Boston has the capacity to treat everyone who needs care. No one should be afraid to call 9-1-1.

  • Please help us get this message to people who need it.

 

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.

  • City Hall is open to the public only on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am.to 5 pm

  • Public access to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue is limited to the Boston Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor and residents must be accompanied when entering the building. 

  • Everyone entering City Hall, including employees and members of the public, will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperature.

  • Residents are required to make appointments if they need to visit any of the essential services offered out of City Hall, and can learn more about the status of city departments and hours of operation here. 

 

Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.

 

CONSTRUCTION

Due to the public health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Walsh announced that he is extending the City of Boston’s order to pause non-essential construction for City of Boston permitted sites. The initial order announced on March 16th was set for 14 days and will now continue until further notice. Additional information can be found here

 

HIRING BPHC POSITIONS

The City is actively hiring candidates for critical positions such as homeless counselors, recovery services, public health advocates and public safety officers. Please go to bphc.org for job listings.

 

HELP COVID19 EFFORTS

  • Stay home. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.

  • Wear a face covering if you absolutely must go outside. Face covers help reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they are asymptomatic. Visit CDC guidelines on face coverings for more information and guidance. 

  • Observe the recommended curfew for everyone in Boston except for essential workers to stay at home from 9 pm to 6 am daily 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at buoy.com/mass.

  • Donate supplies to first responders here

  • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here

  • Volunteer with the City of Boston here 

  • For Food access needs, visit our Food Resources Map or call 3-1-1

  • Fill out the 2020 Census. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted. 

 

STAY INFORMED

Receive the latest COVID19 info from reliable sources. Visit: bphc.org/coronavirus; boston.gov/coronavirus; mass.gov/2019coronavirus. Call: 311 or 211

 

We will keep you informed as we receive updates. Stay healthy and stay safe.

We are seeing a massive uptick in discarded PPE littering our streets and grocery store parking lots. Please do your part to make it easier for essential workers and neighbors by properly disposing of masks and gloves in trash receptacles.

As always, we encourage everyone to stay home whenever possible, practice physical distancing and wear face coverings outside the house, wash your hands, and clean and disinfect surfaces.

 

The weekly BPHC report shows the positive cases breakdown by neighborhood and reflect a 46% increase in cases. Today’s dashboard from the State can be found here. Below are the most recent updates from the Mayor’s Office.

 

COVID-19 CASES

INCREASING TESTING ACCESS 

UNIVERSAL TESTING FOR HOMELESS POPULATION

GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS ON SALE OF GROCERIES

APPOINTMENT OF NEW FIRE COMMISSIONER

ZONING BOARD OF APPEAL MAY 5TH HEARING CANCELED

LOVE YOUR BLOCK SPRING CLEAN UPS CANCELED

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

CONSTRUCTION

HIRING BPHC POSITIONS

HELP COVID-19 EFFORTS

STAY INFORMED

 

COVID-19 CASES

The City of Boston has 7,617 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. So far, 1,426 of these 7,617 residents have fully recovered. There have been 259 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston residents. 

 

We urge everyone to stay home, avoid contact with others and observe the recommended curfew of 9pm-6am. If you must go outside for an essential task, we urge you to wear a face covering and stay 6ft away from others. Make sure to wash your hands often and clean and sanitize high-contact surfaces frequently. 

 

The City posts race and ethnicity data for deaths, as well as for confirmed cases on boston.gov/coronavirus. As of yesterday, the data shows that of the 193 deaths in Boston, where race is known, 44% are white, 31% are black, 10% are Asian or Pacific Islander, 12% are Latino, and 4% are identified as other. The City of Boston’s COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force meets regularly. They are identifying key strategies to address inequities including expanded testng, data sharing and analysis, and strengthening neighborhood outreach.

 

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org.

 

Massachusetts has 50,969 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 2,556 deaths reported at this time. Massachusetts has also tested 215,213 individuals to date. 

 

The City of Boston has two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.  View them here.

 

The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in for English. Language and communications access remains a priority for Mayor Walsh, so this text service which was available in Spanish, Haitan Creole, French, Cabo Verdean Creole, and Portuguese, now includes Somali, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian.

  • Text BOSEspanol to 888-777 for Spanish

  • Text BOSKreyol to 888-777 for Haitian Kreyol

  • Text BOSFrancais to 888-777 for French

  • Text BOSKriolu to 888-777 for Cabo Verdean Creole

  • Text BOSPortugues to 888-777 for Portuguese

  • Text BOSSoomali to 888-777 for Somali

  • Text BOSChi to 888-777 for Simplified Chinese

  • Text BOSbilAraby to 888-777 for Arabic

  • Text BOSViet to 888-777 for Vietnamese

  • Text BOSRus to 888-777 for Russian

Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide. 

 

INCREASING TESTING ACCESS

On April 24nd, Mayor Walsh reiterated that increased testing for COVID-19 is a City of Boston priority. Testing helps us better understand how many people are infected and where; allows us to direct medical resources more efficiently and equitably; tells us more about how the virus behaves and what we can expect moving forward; and is necessary before steps can be taken toward reopening and recovery. The Mayor also provided an update on our work expanding testing access in Boston.

  • The Boston Resiliency Fund has used over $760,000 to expand testing at nine community health centers in East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury.  

  • We’ve granted an additional $270,000 for telehealth services and equipment at those community health centers to connect testing to treatment options. 

  • We now have 15 testing sites in the City of Boston. That includes 10 operated by community health centers and 5 operated by hospitals. A map of testing sites and contact information is available at boston.gov/coronavirus. Residents are reminded to call ahead for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment. 

  • The Boston Public Health Commission is now sharing testing data at the neighborhood level. 

  • In the last week, we’ve had a 30% increase in the amount of testing citywide, and larger increases in the areas hardest hit by infection. 

    • Hyde Park has had a 57% increase in testing.

    • Mattapan has had a 35% increase in testing. 

    • The hardest-hit zip codes in Dorchester saw a 37% increase in testing.  

  • The goal is for every community health center to provide testing for residents. 

  • Testing is free and you will not be asked about your immigration status at a testing site.

UNIVERSAL TESTING FOR HOMELESS POPULATION

On April 24th, Mayor Walsh announced that the City of Boston will move forward with universal testing for COVID-19 for all unhoused individuals in Boston.

  • As of yesterday, 1,340 shelter guests have been tested. Roughly one third of those have tested positive. 

  • The City of Boston has secured 1,000 additional tests, which will allow universal testing for guests in our shelter system, in addition to some shelter staff.

  • The tests are being donated by a Boston company called Orig3n. 

  • The testing will be done over the next two weeks, led by Boston Health Care for the Homeless in coordination with the Boston Public Health Commission, St. Francis House, and the Pine Street Inn. 

  • Individuals who test positive will receive the care and support they need to recover. 

  • Individuals who test negative will be placed in designated areas to allow for better physical distancing to prevent transmission.

 

GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS ON SALE OF GROCERIES

On April 24th, Mayor Walsh announced the City of Boston will allow permitted restaurants to sell grocery items via delivery, curbside pickup, and takeout by waiving the required Retail Food Permit for the sale of uncooked foods. 

  • The new temporary policy and guidance formed by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the Inspectional Services Department, and the Licensing Board for the City of Boston will improve access to food and essential items for residents, and help ensure social distancing guidelines continue to be upheld.

  • Restaurants that want to start selling groceries must follow strict food safety guidelines. 

  • They will also need to follow clear guidelines for packaging and labeling foods. 

  • Restaurants will still be required to limit occupancy to 10 people at any time, and maintain physical distancing, with at least 6 feet in between all staff and customers. 

  • More information at Boston.gov/coronavirus 

APPOINTMENT OF NEW FIRE COMMISSIONER

On April 24th, Mayor Walsh announced he has appointed John Dempsey to the permanent post of Fire Commissioner for the City of Boston.

  • Commissioner Dempsey is a 35-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department who has risen through the ranks of leadership. He was appointed to the interim position in early March, just before the acceleration of the coronavirus outbreak. 

  • The Mayor noted that Commissioner Dempsey has approached this unprecedented crisis with professionalism and decisiveness. By quickly implementing safety protocols, cleaning upgrades, and Personal Protective Equipment, he has kept firefighters safe and the Department fully operational in serving the people of Boston.

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEAL MAY 5TH HEARING CANCELED

Please be advised that the Zoning Board of Appeal May 5th hearing date has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID19 Public Health Emergency

  • New hearing date will be June 30th, 2020 at 11:30am. The public notice and agenda may be found here

  • Public access to the Inspectional Services Dept offices at 1010 Massachusetts Ave is restricted to appointment only. 

  • Applicants requesting relief of the zoning or building code, or anyone inquiring about upcoming hearings, should email ISDBoardOfAppeal@boston.gov or call 617-635-4775.

 

LOVE YOUR BLOCK SPRING CLEAN UPS CANCELED

Due to the on-going public health emergency, the annual Love Your Block Spring Clean Ups scheduled for May 2nd and May 16th have been canceled.

  • Love Your Block neighborhood clean ups are a time honored tradition of sprucing up our front steps, local parks, bonding with neighbors and giving back to our community. 

  • Each year hundreds of residents from different civic groups in every neighborhood across Boston participate in the program.

  • We will share details about a new date in the Fall once we’ve been able to reschedule. 

 

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.

  • City Hall is open to the public only on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am.to 5 pm

  • Public access to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue is limited to the Boston Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor and residents must be accompanied when entering the building. 

  • Everyone entering City Hall, including employees and members of the public, will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperature.

  • Residents are required to make appointments if they need to visit any of the essential services offered out of City Hall, and can learn more about the status of city departments and hours of operation here. 

 

Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.

 

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Boston Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

  • BPS has been making plans to expand at-home learning opportunities, and will be sharing more information about this next phase of remote learning after April vacation.

  • Boston Public Schools has issued a needs assessment survey to all students in the district. Families should respond to the survey to help us determine how to better support them throughout the school closure. The survey is available in 10 different languages. 

  • The City of Boston is continuing to operate meal pick-up sites and providing Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots. Every day, we are distributing thousands of free meals at 65 locations across the City, and making home deliveries for students with severe special needs. 

  • More information about how we’re supporting Boston Public School families can be found here.

 

Meal Distribution sites near Fenway, Kenmore, and Mission Hill include the following:

 
BCYF Tobin at 1481 Tremont Street — 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Boston Latin School at 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur 
— 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
YMCA at 316 Huntington Ave — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Blackstone Elementary School at 380 Shawmut Ave — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Vibrant Boston Community Center at Lenox/Camden at 136 Lenox St — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

CONSTRUCTION

Due to the public health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Walsh announced that he is extending the City of Boston’s order to pause non-essential construction for City of Boston permitted sites. The initial order announced on March 16th was set for 14 days and will now continue until further notice. Additional information can be found here

 

HIRING BPHC POSITIONS

The City is actively hiring candidates for critical positions such as homeless counselors, recovery services, public health advocates and public safety officers. Please go to bphc.org for job listings.

 

HELP COVID19 EFFORTS

  • Stay home. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.

  • Wear a face covering if you absolutely must go outside. Face covers help reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they are asymptomatic. Visit CDC guidelines on face coverings for more information and guidance. 

  • Observe the recommended curfew for everyone in Boston except for essential workers to stay at home from 9 pm to 6 am daily 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at buoy.com/mass.

  • Donate supplies to first responders here

  • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here

  • Volunteer with the City of Boston here 

  • For Food access needs, visit our Food Resources Map or call 3-1-1

  • Fill out the 2020 Census. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted. 

 

STAY INFORMED

Receive the latest COVID19 info from reliable sources. Visit: bphc.org/coronavirus; boston.gov/coronavirus; mass.gov/2019coronavirus. Call: 311 or 211

 

We will keep you informed as we receive updates. Stay healthy and stay safe.

Please find the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 from The City of Boston.

 

With surge trends in Massachusetts growing, the State has released a COVID-19 Dashboard which tracks the daily and cumulative confirmed cases; cases by hospital, county, and age/sex/ethnicity; testing by date; hospital capacity; nursing home data; and PPE distribution. You may access today’s dashboard here.

 

We urge everyone to take the public health guidelines of physical distancing seriously and encourage you to share accurate information with neighbors. Below are the most recent updates from the Mayor’s Office. 

 

COVID-19 CASES

SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PUBLIC SPACES

TESTING ACCESS MAP 

FOOD RESOURCES FOR ALL RESIDENTS

STATE OF MA UPDATES

UPDATE ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

RESPONSE TO RECENT ACTS OF VIOLENCE

UPDATE ON BOSTON HOPE MEDICAL CENTER

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

CONSTRUCTION

HIRING BPHC POSITIONS

HELP COVID-19 EFFORTS

STAY INFORMED

 

COVID-19 CASES

The City of Boston has 5,749 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. So far, 1,044 of these 5,749 residents have fully recovered. There have been 187 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston residents. 

 

We urge everyone to stay home, avoid contact with others and observe the recommended curfew of 9pm-6am. If you must go outside for an essential task, we urge you to wear a face covering and stay 6ft away from others. Make sure to wash your hands often and clean and sanitize high-contact surfaces frequently. 

 

The City posts race and ethnicity data for deaths, as well as for confirmed cases on boston.gov/coronavirus. As of yesterday, the data shows that of the 142 deaths in Boston, where race is known, 41% are white, 30% are black, 12% are Asian or Pacific Islander, 11% are Latino, and 6% are identified as other. The City of Boston’s COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force meets regularly. They are identifying key strategies to address inequities including expanded testng, data sharing and analysis, and strengthening neighborhood outreach.

 

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org.

 

Massachusetts has 39,643 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 1,809 deaths reported at this time. Massachusetts has also tested 169,398 individuals to date. 

 

The City of Boston has two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.  View them here.

 

The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in for English. Language and communications access remains a priority for Mayor Walsh, so this text service which was available in Spanish, Haitan Creole, French, Cabo Verdean Creole, and Portuguese, now includes Somali, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian.

  • Text BOSEspanol to 888-777 for Spanish

  • Text BOSKreyol to 888-777 for Haitian Kreyol

  • Text BOSFrancais to 888-777 for French

  • Text BOSKriolu to 888-777 for Cabo Verdean Creole

  • Text BOSPortugues to 888-777 for Portuguese

  • Text BOSSoomali to 888-777 for Somali

  • Text BOSChi to 888-777 for Simplified Chinese

  • Text BOSbilAraby to 888-777 for Arabic

  • Text BOSViet to 888-777 for Vietnamese

  • Text BOSRus to 888-777 for Russian

Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide. 

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PUBLIC SPACES

Mayor urges everyone to continue social and physical distancing, especially in public spaces.

  • Yesterday, groups were playing golf at the Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park and the George Wright course in Hyde Park even though the courses are closed. Boston Police had to come and tell them to leave. The City will not hesitate to send police officers to deliver the message and, if necessary, deliver citations.

  • Please stay home and avoid contact with others. Respect the recommended curfew from 9pm to 6am. Wear a face covering whenever you leave home. Stay at least six feet from other people at all times. Wash your hands frequently. Clean and sanitize surfaces frequently.

TESTING ACCESS MAP

The City of Boston has been working with hospitals and community health centers across the city to create and expand testing sites.

  • We created a Testing Access Map to make it easier for residents to find and contact a testing site near them. It includes locations, hours, and phone numbers and websites of testing locations. It will be updated as new testing sites come online. The goal is to have every community health center able to provide testing to residents in the neighborhood. 

  • Starting today, we will be able to start sharing data on testing at the neighborhood level. New reports will include the number of people tested, and positive testing rates, for each neighborhood.

 

FOOD RESOURCES FOR ALL RESIDENTS

  • All of our 65 youth meal sites remain open during April school vacation week. After Friday’s distribution, we have served a total of 438,000 meals since schools closed.

  • Starting today, we have opened 6 new meal sites, in East Boston, Dorchester, South Boston, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Brighton, that will serve all residents. They can each serve up to 2,500 meals a day. 

  • For hours and locations, visit our Food Resources Map or call 3-1-1.

 

STATE OF MA UPDATES

On April 20th, Governor Baker announced that residents who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits can now apply for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. 

  • The PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits for those who are unable to work because of COVID-19 but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. That includes self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and those with limited work history.

  • To be eligible for this new program, individuals must provide self-certification that they are otherwise able and available to work but are prevented from doing so by circumstances relating to COVID-19, including their own illness or that of a family member.

  • Visit www.mass.gov/pua
 for additional info

 

UPDATE ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Batelle and Partners Health have given the City of Boston access to the decontamination facility in Somerville. 

  • It will take pressure off sourcing PPE for police, fire, and EMS, as well as in the larger system of supply chains that the medical system is drawing on. 

  • Starting today, we’ve begun a program of decontaminating N95 masks used by first responders.

 

RESPONSE TO RECENT ACTS OF VIOLENCE

This past week, there have been multiple terrible acts of violence involving young people. The City of Boston is doing everything it can to ensure this is not a trend. 

  • Mayor Walsh urges everyone to do their part to keep their community safe, including following the City’s curfew and guidelines. 

  • The Office of Public Safety is working on intervention plans with trauma teams, street workers, clergy and community leaders, and the Boston Police Department. 

 

UPDATE ON BOSTON HOPE MEDICAL CENTER 

Boston Hope Medical Center at the BCEC has a capacity of 1,000 beds. 

  • As of Sunday (4/19) night, there were 162 total patients being treated, including 86 on the hospital side and 76 on the respite side for homeless individuals. In all, Boston Hope has served over 250 patients. 

  • Because of the City’s ongoing work and the support of partnerships at Boston Hope and other facilities across the City, Boston has the capacity to shelter and treat every single homeless individual safely.

 

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.

  • City Hall is open to the public only on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am.to 5 pm

  • Public access to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue is limited to the Boston Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor and residents must be accompanied when entering the building. 

  • Everyone entering City Hall, including employees and members of the public, will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperature.

  • Residents are required to make appointments if they need to visit any of the essential services offered out of City Hall, and can learn more about the status of city departments and hours of operation here. 

 

Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.

 

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Boston Public Schools has issued a needs assessment survey to all students in the district. Families should respond to the survey to help us determine how to better support them throughout the school closure. The survey is available in 10 different languages. 

 

As of April 18th, Boston Public Schools has distributed 29,000 Chromebooks to students who do not have consistent access to a computer at home.

 

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, has served over 438,000 meals since schools have closed. BPS is also delivering meals to the homes of students with special needs.

 

Free breakfast and lunch will be provided throughout the school closure including on April 20th (Patriots’ Day) and April 21st-24th (April vacation)

 

Meal Distribution sites near Fenway, Kenmore, and Mission Hill include the following:

 
BCYF Tobin at 1481 Tremont Street — 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Boston Latin School at 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur 
— 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
YMCA at 316 Huntington Ave — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Blackstone Elementary School at 380 Shawmut Ave — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Vibrant Boston Community Center at Lenox/Camden at 136 Lenox St — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

More information about how we’re supporting Boston Public School families can be found here.

 

CONSTRUCTION

Due to the public health emergency caused by the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Walsh announced that he is extending the City of Boston’s order to pause non-essential construction for City of Boston permitted sites. The initial order announced on March 16th was set for 14 days and will now continue until further notice. Additional information can be found here

 

HIRING BPHC POSITIONS

The City is actively hiring candidates for critical positions such as homeless counselors, recovery services, public health advocates and public safety officers. Please go to bphc.org for job listings.

 

HELP COVID19 EFFORTS

  • Stay home. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.

  • Wear a face covering if you absolutely must go outside. Face covers help reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they are asymptomatic. Visit CDC guidelines on face coverings for more information and guidance. 

  • Observe the recommended curfew for everyone in Boston except for essential workers to stay at home from 9 pm to 6 am daily 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at buoy.com/mass.

  • Donate supplies to first responders here

  • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here

  • Volunteer with the City of Boston here 

  • Fill out the 2020 Census. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted. 

 

STAY INFORMED

Receive the latest COVID19 info from reliable sources. Visit: bphc.org/coronavirus; boston.gov/coronavirus; mass.gov/2019coronavirus. Call: 311 or 211

 

We will keep you informed as we receive updates. Stay healthy and stay safe.