Mayor Walsh said the city will send out seven sound trucks through East Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park this weekend, urging people to stay home, wash their hands and the like - and to call 311 if they need food or help.
The trucks will broadcast the messages in several languages in the neighborhood, which have higher Covid-19 rates than other Boston neighborhoods, and will be coupled with posters to be put up, he said at a City Hall press conference.
Walsh had a specific message for people still thinking of running the Marathon route on Monday: Don't. "Marathon runners are all champions," but if you try to run the Marathon route on Monday, "you're not a champion," he said. "It's not a great accomplishment, you're not going to be celebrated for it, nobody's going to be clapping for you. ... We won't be celebrating you in Boston."
Walsh said that to date, Boston has delivered 400,000 meals to people who need them, including through BPS student sites, food pantries and meals on wheels. "We are not willing to let any single person go hungry because of this crisis."
He said the city is helping to launch a program to match teen volunteers with seniors who need help getting groceries or even just a friendly phone call.
He said the East Boston testing site that had been for first responders now open to all East Boston residents with symptoms or contact with Covid-19 patients. City will post map by Monday of all testing sites in city.
Will school be cancelled for rest of the year? Decision is up to governor, will talk to him today, expects decision to come in next few days, he said, adding it's a little too early to tell about summer school.
Health and Human Services Chief Marty Martinez said that, so far, Boston hospitals are managing the surge of patients. The field hospital at the South Boston convention center now has a little more than 100 patients.
Walsh noted we could get snow overnight - which would make it the latest snowfall in 20 years. "It's fun to talk about the snow!" he said.