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By adamg - 10/24/20 - 5:31 pm

The town of Winthrop reported today it's confirmed 22 new Covid-19 cases tied to "social events at the Winthrop Elks, 191 Washington Ave. and the Pleasant Park Yacht Club, 562 Pleasant St." Read more.

By adamg - 10/24/20 - 5:15 pm
Covid-19 sampling from MWRA sewage.

Latest data from MWRA sewage testing suggests continued growth in cases.

The daily Covid-19 stats from Massachusetts show 1,128 new cases, the first time we've gone above 1,000 daily cases since what might have been our first surge was ending in mid-May, and the third day in a row we've exceeded 900 daily cases. Read more.

By adamg - 10/23/20 - 4:43 pm

Huntington News reports only a few exceptions will be made, for people who fall into high-risk Covid-19 categories - although Northeastern says age is not one of them - or who live with somebody who is in a high-risk category.

By adamg - 10/23/20 - 4:19 pm

The latest Massachusetts numbers are out - 968 cases for the day, compared to 986 yesterday - numbers the state hasn't seen since Mid-May, when we were coming down from our surge. Read more.

By adamg - 10/23/20 - 4:04 pm
Salem is closed on weekends

Salem's a great place to visit, just not this October, in case you haven't heard.

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By adamg - 10/22/20 - 9:00 pm

The state Department of Public Health announced today it's ordering all indoor ice rinks shut from 5:30 p.m. on Friday until Nov. 7 because of a rise in Covid-19 cases linked to youth hockey players. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 11:44 am

BU Today reports 12 students were suspended for the rest of the fall semester and five were given lesser punishments because of their attendance at one of three parties that featured close-contact bare facedness as well as the more traditional "underage drinking, physical assault, and disturbing the peace." Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 1:42 am
Boston School Committee and School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius

Student member Khymani James speaks during School Committee discusion early this morning.

Update: School Committee chairman resigns over "hot-mic" comments.

The Boston School Committee voted unanimously early this morning to suspend the use of an exam to decide who gets into the city's three exam schools for the next year because of a raft of problems brought up by the Covid-19 pandemic, in a meeting that lasted more than 8 1/2 hours. Read more.

By adamg - 10/21/20 - 6:37 pm
MWRA sewage samples show burst in Covid-19 activity

Thrice-weekly samples taken at the MWRA's Deer Island sewage-treatment plant are showing a spike in Covid-19 RNA, which follows increases in Covid-19 rates in Massachusetts and Boston and could signal further increases as the people excreting the RNA spread their virus to people they come into contact with. Read more.

By adamg - 10/21/20 - 4:28 pm

COVID-19 Update: October 21, 2020

Seriously, just stay away, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and Gov. Baker said today. Driscoll said the city is so worried about becoming a superspreader it's canceling events and spending money on advertising to warn people to find something else to do that night. "This is not the year to come to Salem," Driscoll said. Also, MBTA commuter-rail trains will be bypassing Salem on numerous runs.

By adamg - 10/21/20 - 12:49 pm

The Dedham Board of Health announced today the town has "a significant rise" in Covid-19 cases - 17 in the past week - and says most of the new cases are in young children and teens. Read more.

By adamg - 10/21/20 - 9:19 am

With fewer BU students around, the Starbucks at 500 Commonwealth Ave. is calling it quits, at least until next semester, the Daily Free Press reports.

By adamg - 10/20/20 - 12:23 pm

Boston University's Covid-19 numbers have shown a slight rise in recent days, certainly nothing BC-ish or even comparable to the rate across Boston, but enough to get officials to remind students and employees to remain vigilant and practice steps to reduce their risks - like stop going to parties and gatherings. Read more.

By adamg - 10/20/20 - 9:52 am

The Boston Licensing Board has scheduled an emergency meeting tomorrow to remind restaurant owners in South Boston and the Seaport that there are rules they have to follow if they want to stay open. Read more.

By adamg - 10/19/20 - 9:25 pm
Copy of the alert, warning people to wear a mask, stay distant and don't share utensils

At 5 p.m., the Commonwealth triggered one of those death-tone messages on phones in Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Nantucket, New Bedford, Revere, Winthrop and Worcester alerting them that their communities are seeing an escalation in Covid-19 cases and they need to double down on the mask wearing, social distancing and crowd avoiding. Bostonians didn't get the toned message, even though it, too, has an escalating number of Covid-19 cases and has now been on the state's "red" list for three straight weeks now.

By adamg - 10/15/20 - 1:27 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 10-13-20 (with Sign Language)

Mayor Walsh said today that city health, police and parks officials are readying a system to crackdown on violations of state and city Covid-19 regulations that will likely include increased checks of both local businesses and private parties, a new fine system and, if that isn't enough, new shutdowns of parks with repeated problems. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/20 - 1:11 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that he and BPS officials will decide this weekend whether to further postpone the return of additional students to schools, based on latest city Covid-19 numbers. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/20 - 10:09 pm
Rising Boston Covid-19 numbers over past month

New daily cases per 100,000 people in Boston. Source.

State figures out tonight show that Boston is now seeing 11.1 new daily Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents, the third week in a row the city has been in the state's "red" zone - and an increase from last week's rate of 10.0. Read more.

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