UPDATE: Sunday, March 15 10:50pm
Mayor Walsh declared a public health emergency in the City of Boston on Sunday, March 15
The Mayor’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency is a progressive step in line with the Boston Public Health Commission’s COVID-19 Response Plan that allows BPHC the authority to increase the availability of staff and resources, enhance reporting, information and resource sharing among Boston’s health and medical community.
The City of Boston has 29 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents.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.
On Sunday, March 15th, Governor Baker announced the closing of all elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth from March 17-April 6th, banned All gatherings of 25 people, restricted nursing home visitations and ordered hospitals to postpone elective surgeries.
On Saturday, March 14th, Governor Baker announced the COVID-19 Response Command Center, which will be led by HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders. The Command Center will have complete authority and discretion to tap whatever state funds are necessary. This includes the $15 million recently appropriated by the Legislature for coronavirus.The State is taking steps to speed up testing. The 1st change is that clinicians no longer need to receive testing approval from the state lab prior to submitting specimens for patients that meet particular criteria. The 2nd change is that clinicians can submit a single swab, rather than the previous two swabs. That will speed up the testing capability at the state lab.
Boston Public Schools has become aware that a member of the McKinley School community is being tested for the coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, all three McKinley Schools will be closed Monday, March 16. At this time, we have no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the McKinley School community, but our top priority is to keep you safe and informed.If anyone associated with the McKinley School community develops fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your doctor or the Boston Public Health Commission at the Mayor’s Health Line, 617-534-5050.
The Mayor announced a partnership to impose a moratorium on eviction proceedings to protect Boston residents. This was announced with the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and its entity the Massachusetts Apartment Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations. Housing stability is crucial at this time and we are working to minimize the disruptions to residents during this challenging time. Property owners are encouraged to implement a moratorium on evictions that could be in effect for 90 days, with reviews every 30 days.This follows action the City took on Thursday, March 12 with the Boston Housing Authority to urge housing courts to reconsider non-essential evictions of residents. In addition, the Boston Housing Authority is moving to immediately suspend its filing and prosecution of all Housing Court cases and matters with respect to its non-essential eviction actions. This includes cases where the health and safety of others is not part of the suit. It also includes all non-payment, no-fault cases, and cause-related cases.
The Mayor encourages all businesses to not just be looking at their large events, but looking internally at their operations like sick leave, unemployment insurance and cleaning protocols.The City is continuing to reach out to our partners in State and Federal government and we encourage you to reach out to our Office of Economic Development if you are a business that is facing difficulties due to recent cancellations or otherwise. We want to hear from you so we can start a conversation about what we can do to help. Please help us by sharing your experience via this survey.