Friday, April 17, 2020

This Week's City & State Covid 19 Updates

The City of Boston has 4,763 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. So far, 708 residents have fully recovered. There have been 122 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 As of yesterday, the data shows that of the 112 deaths in Boston, where race is known, 37% are white, 32% are black, 13% are Asian or Pacific Islander, 11% are Latino, and 7% 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 COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force meets regularly. They are identifying key strategies to address inequities including expanded testing, data sharing and analysis, and strengthening neighborhood outreach. We are currently working with the Task Force on a webinar about COVID-19 in Haitian Creole. This is one of several efforts which allows us to reach more people, in more communities, and in more languages.

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 or

Massachusetts has 34,402 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 1,404 deaths reported at this time. Massachusetts has also tested 148,744 individuals to date. 

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

Mayor Walsh today reminded everyone to adhere to strict social distancing through the Patriot’s Day holiday weekend. 

  • We urge folks against running the Boston Marathon route on Monday, April 20th. 
  • Besides taking away from valuable public safety resources, it’s guaranteed to lead to unnecessary exposure. 

  • The Boston Hope Medical Center at BCEC opened this past weekend. The facility has a total of 1,000 beds, including 500 for homeless patients.
  • As of Thursday evening, we have 133 patients —  including 55 homeless individuals and 78 sub-acute hospital patients. In total it has served 172 individuals including 39 who have been treated and discharged.
  • Partners HealthCare is seeking help from care providers of all types: including registered nurses, advanced practice providers, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, and providers with experience in respiratory care. Visit for more info.

The Department of Neighborhood Development has a partnership with Nesterly that safely matches younger adults as roommates and tenants for senior homeowners. 
  • During the outbreak, they cannot house young people with seniors, so we have pivoted to a new program called Good Neighbors, which matches volunteers with seniors who need grocery delivery, medication, or a check-in. 
  • The Age Strong Commission is helping to connect with older adults.
  • To sign up to request help, or to volunteer, go to

    Mayor Walsh announced that the Boston Resiliency Fund raised over $25 million in one month, with $12 million already out the door to local organizations.

    This week $1.7 million in new grants were announced through the Boston Resiliency Fund.
    • Latest grants will allow six more community health centers to expand testing: Mattapan; Whittier Street; Bowdoin Street; Codman Square; Uphams Corner; and DotHouse Health.
    • Other grantees include: all of the family shelters in Boston; St. Francis House; RIZE Massachusetts; The Dimock; Elevate Boston and Families for Justice as Healing; Brazilian Worker Center; Urban Guild; Mujeres Unidas Avanzando; Boston Girls Empowerment Network; Project RIGHT; Voice of Tabernacle; and Mothers for Justice and Equality.
    • The MAPFRE Foundation has committed to donating $500,000 to the City of Boston. We will use this money to buy critical supplies for medical professionals and first responders.
    • Liberty Mutual has committed $15 million in grants to Boston nonprofits. The first installment will include $1 million each for BMC, Pine Street Inn, and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless; and $500,000 each to St. Francis House, Friends of Boston’s Homeless, and the Greater Boston Food Bank. This is in addition to $1 million that Liberty Mutual contributed to the Boston Resiliency Fund.
    We continue to accept donations at


      As of April 13th, Boston Public Schools has distributed 28,000 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 400,000 meals since schools have closed. BPS is also delivering meals to homes of students with special needs.

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


      Yesterday, my colleagues and I called on the federal government to authorize Massachusetts SNAP and EBT cards to be used for online grocery purchases with an official Senate Resolution, ensuring that low-income families have equal access resources, and don't have to chose between staying home and getting food and  basic necessities.This is part of a continued effort to place equity
      at the center of our response to COVID19, and make sure we are doing everything we can to address and disrupt patterns of inequity in outcomes and access to care.

      The Department of Public Health issued a Public Health Advisory that, consistent with CDC guidance, recommends that people wear a mask or cover their face in public when they cannot safely socially distance. For example, members of the public will be advised to wear something to cover their face in public places like supermarkets and pharmacies. You can read the guidance here.

      Verizon has announced that if a customer is experiencing hardship because of COVID-19 and cannot pay their bill in full, Verizon will not charge a late fee or terminate service during this difficult period. To qualify, see hereCustomers may also contact Verizon at 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966).  Answers to frequently asked questions.

      The latest DPH report with updated statewide numbers and information can be found here

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