Covid-19 Timeline

February 2020

February 1, 2020

First Case of 2019 Covid-19 Confirmed in Boston

The City of Boston announces its first confirmed case of COVID-19

https://www.bphc.org/onlinenewsroom/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=1283

Feb 24th, 2020

Norwood Based Moderna Ships mRNA Vaccine Against Novel Coronavirus for Phase 1 Study

Vials of mRNA-1273 are shipped to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to be used in the planned Phase 1 study in the U.S.

https://nypost.com/2020/02/25/massachusetts-biotech-firm-releases-potential-coronavirus-vaccine-for-human-testing/

February 26 & 27

Biogen Holds A Company Meeting At The Marriott Long Wharf Hotel In Boston

The meeting at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel involved about 175 members of Cambridge-based biotech giant Biogen’s management team, and included Biogen’s chief executive, chief financial officer, and head of research and development.

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/boston-biogen-meeting-coronavirus-warning/2089438/

REUTERS/Brian Snyder

February 28

Demand For Products Like Hand Sanitizers, Face Masks And Cleaning Wipes Spikes

US drug stores, retailers and suppliers are racing to keep up with surging interest for cleaning products as fears over coronavirus intensify.

Demand for products like hand sanitizers, face masks and cleaning wipes has spiked, according to CVS (CVS), Walgreens (WBA) and others. CVS warned it may cause supply shortages.
 
 
 
 
 

March 2020

March 2 2020

The Second Confirmed Case Of Covid-19 Is Reported In Massachusetts

The woman in her 20s had recently traveled to Italy with a school group from Rhode Island. She lives in Norfolk County.

https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2020/03/02/norfolk-country-coronavirus-covid-19-massachusetts

March 5, 2020

Norwood Schools Cancel Trips To France, Italy Amid Coronavirus

Italy is one of four countries on the Center for Disease Control’s list of level three travel health notices. The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Italy, South Korea, Iran and China.

France has 377 confirmed cases, Italy has 3,858.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norwood/norwood-schools-cancel-trips-france-italy-amid-coronavirus

March 6, 2020

Biogen Meeting Attendees Test Positive for Covid-19

Five Massachusetts residents and three people from out of state who attended the Biogen meeting Feb. 26-27 at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel, test positive for Covid-19. Additionally, an Indiana resident who was in Boston at the time, who was not at the Biogen meeting but had contact with some of its attendees, tests positive. Three other people from Massachusetts came down with the illness earlier, two of whom had traveled to Italy, and the third to China. 

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/boston-biogen-meeting-coronavirus-warning/2089438/

March 6, 2020

11 Norwood Officials Self-Quarantine After Possible Coronavirus Exposure

Norwood General Manager Tony Mazzucco, School Superintendent David Thomson  and 9 other town officials who attended an event with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, decide to self quarantine out of caution. 

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/11-town-officials-to-self-quarantine-over-coronavirus-threat/2087145/

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/03/07/coronavirus-norwood-superintendent-david-thomson-self-quarantine-exposure-schools/

March 6, 2020

Two Boston Hospitals Set Up Testing Facilities

Brigham and Women’s Hospital erects a tent inside an ambulance bay for testing and Massachusetts General Hospital also sets up a testing facility.

https://whdh.com/news/coronavirus-testing-tents-set-up-outside-boston-hospital/

March 7, 2020

There Are Now 13 Total Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Massachusetts

March 8, 2020

Confirmed Cases in Massachusetts More Than Double Overnight to 28

March 9, 2020

The Number Cases In Massachusetts Increases To 41

Five of the cases are in Berkshire County, 15 in Middlesex, 10 each in Norfolk and Suffolk and one in Worcester. Eighteen are female and 23 are male. Four of the patients are hospitalized, while the other 37 are not.

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/massachusetts-coronavirus-cases-jump-to-41/2088086/

March 10, 2020

First Evidence of Community Spread Found In The Berkshires

In Berkshire County, there are still seven cases of the virus but Governor Charlie Baker is calling them the most concerning ones. All of those cases have no known origin and are being treated as the first evidence of “community spread.” 

https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/berkshire-county/berkshire-county-residents-concerned-about-community-spread-of-coronavirus/

March 10, 2020

Norwood Town Manager Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Town Manager Tony Mazzucco made his diagnosis public in a statement after being notified of his test results by state health workers. Mazzucco was one of 11 town employees who were exposed to the virus on March 1 while attending a fund-raiser for the Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation, a charity that helps local residents in need because of medical issues. About 30 people were told to self-quarantine after one of the fund-raiser attendees, a woman who attended a large meeting of Biogen employees last month, later tested positive for the virus.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/10/metro/norwood-town-manager-tests-positive-coronavirus/

March 10, 2020

Norwood Hospital sets up special tent outside ER for coronavirus testing

Norwood Hospital erects a tent outside its emergency room  to handle any future testing of residents with possible Covid-19 infection.

https://www.universalhub.com/2020/norwood-hospital-setting-special-tent-outside-er

March 10, 2020

Mayor Martin J. Walsh cancels the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

In collaboration with Congressman Lynch, Councilors Flaherty and Flynn, Senator Collins, Representative Biele, and David Falvey from the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, the Mayor cancels the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The decision is made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing what is needed to keep the residents of Boston safe and healthy.

https://www.boston.gov/node/11564026

March 12, 2020

Norwood School Superintendent David Thomson announces School Closure from March 13-20

In an email to parents, Dr. Thompson said “this is out of an abundance of caution, particularly out of sensitivity to families and staff who have underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to complications should they become infected.”

March 12, 2020

Total Number Of Presumptive Cases Of COVID-19 In Massachusetts Rises To 108

Among those cases, 82 (75% of the total) are associates or employees of Biogen. Governor Baker said that the state has tested over 200 patients and has the capacity to test up to 5,000.

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-cases-in-massachusetts-march-12-2020/download

March 13, 2020

The City Of Boston Announces The Postponement of The 2020 Boston Marathon

The City, along with the Boston Athletic Association, announces the 2020 Boston Marathon will be moved to Monday, September 14, 2020.

https://www.baa.org/124th-boston-marathon-postponed-september-14

March 13, 2020

Boston Announces The District-Wide Closure Of All Boston Public Schools

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announce the district-wide closure of all Boston Public Schools for students, effective on Tuesday, March 17 with schools expected to reopen on Monday, April 27, following April vacation.

https://content.boston.gov/node/11564411

March 14, 2020

Boston Imposes A Moratorium On Evictions While Massachusetts Is Under A State Of Emergency

Mayor Walsh, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and its entity the Massachusetts Apartment Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations announced a partnership to impose a moratorium on evictions while Massachusetts is under a state of emergency.

https://content.boston.gov/news/partnership-announced-impose-moratorium-eviction-proceedings-boston-protect-residents

March 14, 2020

Cape Cod, Worcester And Malden All Announce Their First Covid-19 Cases. Total Cases In Massachusetts Now Stand At 138

The total number of presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 cases rose from 123 on Friday to a new total of 138.

Among the 15 new COVID-19 cases are the first case in Cape Cod and the first case in Worcester.

https://www.wcvb.com/article/massachusetts-coronavirus-covid-19-testing-update-march-14-2020/31552452

March 15, 2020

Mayor Walsh Declares A Public Health Emergency In The City Of Boston

Restaurants, bar rooms, and nightclubs are required to reduce capacity by 50 percent, remove tables and chairs to reflect that reduced capacity, follow the guidelines around social distancing, and not allow lines outside. Hours will be reduced to close at 11 p.m. 

Gatherings will be limited to 25 people, and on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants will be prohibited, beginning on March 17 and effective through April 5.

https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2020/03/licensing-board-advisory-march-2019_1.pdf

https://content.boston.gov/node/11564426

 

March 15, 2020

Hampden And Plymouth Counties Have Their First Cases Of Covid-19

Plymouth County’s first case, in Hanover, resulted from travel. Hampden County’s first case tested positive at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield; the hospital noted an additional 23 suspected cases.

https://www.hanover-ma.gov/home/news/town-of-hanover-covid-19-update-31520

https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2020/03/licensing-board-advisory-march-2019_1.pdf

https://content.boston.gov/node/11564426

March 16, 2020

A Student At Northeastern University Tests Positive For COVID-19

A Northeastern University student is among the presumptive positive coronavirus cases in Massachusetts. The school announced the results one day after the school told students they must move out of dorms.

Northeastern is already shifting to online classes for the foreseeable future and is helping students move out.

Most Boston colleges, including Harvard, Boston University and Boston College, have already suspended in-person classes and moved them online.

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/03/15/coronavirus-northeastern-university-student-tests-positive/

March 16, 2020

There Are 164 Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19 In Massachusetts. 799 Tests Have Been Performed Statewide

The number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts jumped to 164, up from 138, according to the Department of Public Health. Of those, 13 people were in the hospital.

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/03/15/coronavirus-covid-19-boston-massachusetts-cases-latest-updates-news/

March 17, 2020

Norwood Public Schools Announce School Lunch Program Information

Many students depend on school lunches for nutrition. Norwood makes Grab & Go meals available for all teens and children 18 and under at the Balch and Callahan Elementary Schools.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norwood/norwood-coronavirus-where-get-school-lunches-amid-closures

March 17, 2020

Massachusetts Hospitals See A Mounting Number Of Suspected Covid-19 Patients

Massachusetts General Hospital says the number of patients suspected to have COVID-19 in their emergency room or in beds has quadrupled to 53 between Monday and Tuesday, in addition to three other confirmed cases in intensive care and three in regular beds.

“This is clearly escalating at a very rapid pace,” said Dr. Peter Slavin, president of Mass. General. “Up until last week, we were seeing a smattering of activity, but now it seems to be accelerating, which is what you expect in epidemics like this.”

Across the 12-hospital Beth Israel Lahey Health system, 210 patients had been admitted as of Tuesday, including three with confirmed coronavirus and the rest “highly suspected’’ and awaiting test results. And at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, two hospitalized patients have tested positive and another 16 were awaiting results Tuesday.

Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center have also admitted patients related to suspected cases of COVID-19.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/18/metro/hospitalizations-covid-19-escalate-greater-boston/

March 18, 2020

Massachusetts Sees It’s Largest One Day Spike So Far With 72 New Cases Overnight, Bringing The Total To 328

There are now 328 total coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, up 72 from a day earlier.

It’s the largest spike since the number of cases jumped from 41 to 92 back on March 10, the same day Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency.

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/massachusetts-coronavirus-cases-rise-to-328-up-72-in-one-day/2094075/

March 20, 2020

An 87 Year Old Man Becomes Massachusetts’ First Confirmed Covid-19 Death

A man in his 80s from Suffolk County has died from coronavirus marking the state’s first death from the contagious disease, health officials reported Friday.

The man had been hospitalized and had pre-existing health conditions that put him at higher risk for COVID-19, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said.

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/03/20/first-massachusetts-coronavirus-death-in-elderly-man-from-suffolk-county/

March 21, 2020

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections Announces The First Confirmed Case Of Covid-19 Among Its Inmate Population

 According to officials at MTC Bridgewater, a male inmate who was serving a life sentence tested positive. Massachusetts DOC noted this was the only known case of COVID-19 in its inmate population.

https://www.wcvb.com/article/inmate-at-bridgewater-prison-massachusetts-treatment-center-tests-positive-for-coronavirus-officials-say/31846456

March 23, 2020

Gov. Baker Issues A Stay-At-Home Advisory Until Tuesday, April 7 And The Closure Of Non-Essential Businesses

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and state health officials will issue a stay-at-home advisory effective until Tuesday, April 7.

Baker also ordered the closure of non-essential businesses, starting at noon Tuesday. This order will also expire on April 7. Examples of essential organizations and employees include healthcare, law enforcement, food manufacturers, grocers, utilities, transportation and public works.

https://norwood.wickedlocal.com/news/20200323/gov-baker-orders-department-of-public-health-to-issue-stay-at-home-advisory-this-order-will-also-expire-on-april-7

March 23, 2020

The Town of Norwood Cancels Programs And Events

Norwood Public Schools: closed until May 4. Worship Services-  all Masses, events and classes will be canceled until further notice. Norwood Senior Center: will remain open for older adults to pick up to-go meals Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The facility will be closed to the public. 

https://norwood.wickedlocal.com/news/20200325/coronavirus-update-for-norwood-march-25

March 24, 2020

There Are Now 1159 Covid-19 Cases In Massachusetts, a 49% Jump

On March 24, the number of cases jumped by 382 to 1,159, with two new deaths attributed to COVID-19.

This unusually large jump in cases (49%, versus 20–28% in the previous five days) was attributable to Quest Diagnostics processing 3,843 tests in one day, yielding 267 of the state’s 382 new positive results.

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-cases-in-massachusetts-as-of-march-24-2020/download

March 26, 2020

Norwood-Based Company Produces, Donates Hand Sanitizer

M.S. Walker, a Norwood-based wine and spirits company, is producing hand sanitizer and donating it to first responders.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norwood/norwood-based-company-produces-donates-hand-sanitizer

March 27, 2020

Two Seniors Die From COVID-19 At Charlwell House Nursing Home In Norwood

Two seniors died at Norwood Hospital Friday morning after a coronavirus outbreak sickened more than 10 residents of Charlwell House Health & Rehabilitation Center, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/27/metro/two-seniors-die-covid-19-amid-outbreak-charlwell-house-norwood/?fbclid=IwAR0MwiT8Mpxk784BKN1ivtSk-mze3gMBjN29rYoiL7Qrx8Y0jsUTDpFWc5E#bgmp-comments

March 30, 2020

Massachusetts Has Conducted Almost 43,000 Covid-19 Tests

March 30, 2020

Soldiers’ Home,, A Nursing Facility In Holyoke, Reports 11 Veterans Dead, Several Residents and Staff Exposed

The superintendent of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, Bennett Walsh, was put on paid administrative leave Monday, following the announcement of 11 veteran resident deaths, some of whom tested positive for COVID-19.

Department of Veterans Services spokesman Anthony Preston told 22News as of Monday, the Soldiers’ Home located at 110 Cherry Street in Holyoke had confirmed the following:

  • 11 veteran resident deaths (5 tested positive for COVID-19, 5 pending test results, and 1 is unknown)
  • 11  veteran residents have tested positive for COVID-19
  • 25 veteran residents pending test results
  • 5 staff tested positive

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-cases-in-massachusetts-as-of-march-30-2020/download

March 30, 2020

The City Of Boston Announces 18 MBTA Transit Workers And 19 Boston Police Officers Have Tested Positive

Eighteen transit workers have tested positive for coronavirus, MBTA officials said Monday, as the agency and its labor unions consider new safety measures to prevent a broader outbreak among the workforce and the riders they encounter.

Boston Police spokesperson John Boyle says 22 BPD members have tested positive for COVID-19, 19 uniformed and 3 civilians.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/30/metro/mbta-unions-looking-more-ways-slow-spread-coronavirus/

https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/1244788245721997315

April 2020

April 1, 2020

The Archdiocese of Boston Announces 8 Priests Have Tested Positive

The confirmed cases included six senior priests and two parish priests, according to Terrence Donilon, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

The two parish priests have since recovered and completed their quarantines, he said.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/01/metro/seven-catholic-priests-test-positive-covid-19-boston-archdiocese/

April 2, 2020

More Than 500 Healthcare Workers In Boston Hospitals Are Reported To Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

Coronavirus infections among employees at major hospitals in Massachusetts nearly tripled over the past week, intensifying alarm about workers’ health, potential spread to others, and the withdrawal of staff at such a critical time in the pandemic.

As of Wednesday, there were 509 infected workers at the hospitals, up from 177 the prior week, according to hospital data tracked by the Globe.

Head of nurses association also says current worker infection numbers may understate the problem.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/02/metro/employee-infections-largest-massachusetts-hospitals-nearly-triple-week/

April 3, 2020

15 Deaths Reported at Charwell Nursing Home in Norwood Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

At least 15 people at a Norwood nursing home have died of what staff members believe were coronavirus infections or related complications, the latest outbreak in an epidemic that state officials say has hit one-tenth of the state’s long-term-care facilities.

The deaths at the Charlwell House Health & Rehabilitation Center occurred in the last 12 days, according to three employees with direct knowledge. 

 

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/15-deaths-reported-at-norwood-nursing-home-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/2101929/

April 5, 2020

Mayor Walsh Announced Strict New Measures For Social And Physical Distancing Effective Through May 4, 2020

Boston Mayor Walsh announced a voluntary city-wide curfew for non-emergency workers in Boston from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The City is also encouraging everyone to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when in public. 

https://www.boston.gov/node/11565221

April 6, 2020

Norwood Launches Citizen Information Center

The Citizen Information Center will be a one-stop-shop for questions, comments, and concerns residents may have.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norwood/norwood-launches-citizen-information-center

April 9, 2020

Nearly 19,000 Covid-19 Cases Reported In Massachusetts, Death Toll Now At 503

The Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there are now 18,941 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts — an increase of 2,151 over Wednesday — and that 503 residents have died, an increase of 70 from the day before.

https://norwood.wickedlocal.com/news/20200409/coronavirus-tracker-nearly-19000-cases-reported-death-toll-now-at-503

April 9, 2020

MIT Publishes A Study Of Sewage Samples Taken In The Boston Area On March 25, Suggesting That Approximately 115,000 Of The Boston Region’s 2.3 Million People Were Infected

Massachusetts Institute of Technology published a preliminary study of sewage samples taken in the Boston area on March 25, in an effort to determine the extent of COVID-19 infections. Based on concentrations of the virus found in the samples, the study suggested that approximately 115,000 of the Boston region’s 2.3 million people were infected. At the time of sampling, Massachusetts had only 646 confirmed cases in the area.

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/04/09/massachusetts-scientists-probe-nations-sewage-for-coronavirus-clues/

April 12, 2020

There Were 2,615 New Cases Of Covid-19 In Massachusetts, Bringing The Total 25,475 Total Cases

On April 12, there were 25,475 total cases, with 2,615 new cases, making Massachusetts the state with the third-most cases in the United States, only behind New York and New Jersey.[85] Massachusetts officials warned of ebb and flow of the spread of COVID-19.

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-cases-in-massachusetts-as-of-april-12-2020/download

April 13, 2020

Norwood Establishes New Fund To Help Those Affected By Coronavirus

Town of Norwood General Manager Tony Mazzucco has announced that the town has launched the Norwood Fund and is seeking donations to help residents in need during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

The Norwood Fund is a combination of four donation funds. Three of the funds are currently operated by the town, and one fund has been newly created in response to COVID-19.

https://norwood.wickedlocal.com/news/20200413/norwood-establishes-new-fund-to-help-those-affected-by-coronavirus

April 17, 2020

Massachusetts Reports 2,221 New COVID-19 Cases, 159 New Deaths

On April 17, the Massachusetts Public Health Department reported that the state added 2,221 more positive cases of COVID-19 bringing to total to 34,402. This is a decrease from Thursday’s 2,263 reported cases. 159 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported since yesterday, up from 137, bringing the total deaths in Massachusetts to 1,404.

As of 4 pm today, 148,744 people in Massachusetts have been tested for COVID-19 – 7,971 in the past 24 hours compared to the previous day’s total of 8,750.

https://www.newbedfordguide.com/massachusetts-officials-report-2221-new-covid-19-cases-159-new-deaths/2020/04/17

April 18, 2020

Massachusetts Officials Report Another 156 COVID-19 Related Deaths

On April 17, the Massachusetts Public Health Department reported that the state added 1,970 more positive cases of COVID-19 bringing to total to 36,372. This is a decrease from Friday’s 2,221 reported cases. 156 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported since yesterday, down from 159, bringing the total deaths in Massachusetts to 1,560.

As of 4 pm today, 156,806 people in Massachusetts have been tested for COVID-19 – 8,062 in the past 24 hours compared to the previous day’s total of 7,971

https://www.newbedfordguide.com/massachusetts-officials-report-156-new-covid-19-related-deaths-since-friday/2020/04/18

April 19, 2020

Massachusetts officials report 146 new COVID-19 related deaths Overnight

On April 17, the Massachusetts Public Health Department reported that the state added 1,705 more positive cases of COVID-19 bringing to total to 38,077. This is a decrease from Saturday’s 1,970 reported cases. 146 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported since yesterday, down from 156, bringing the total deaths in Massachusetts to 1,706.

As of 4 pm today, 162,241 people in Massachusetts have been tested for COVID-19 – 5,435 in the past 24 hours compared to the previous day’s total of 8,062. Sundays have been consistently the lowest testing day of the week.

https://www.newbedfordguide.com/156-new-covid-19-related-deaths-massachusetts/2020/04/19?fbclid=IwAR0JkcplI8LrJ3R2Vn4nO_qhNvb7om02k9drcLBp6rZQm5vKfQi9VYHMlzo

April 19, 2020

Boston Public Health Commission Showed A 67% Increase In Cases Of Covid-19 For The Week Ending April 16th

Releasing their latest report for the week ending April 16th, the Boston Public Health Commission showed a 67% increase in cases of COVID-19 among city residents over the previous week. Of the 4,763 total cases in Boston, 485 residents have required hospitalization and 122 individuals have died. [Update: As of this writing on 4/18/20, the total is 5,400 cases and 158 deaths.

https://northendwaterfront.com/2020/04/boston-covid-19-weekly-cases-up-67/

April 20, 2020

Mass. Residents Ineligible For Regular Unemployment Benefits Can Apply For Assistance Through PUA Program

Massachusetts residents who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits can now apply for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, the Baker-Polito administration announced Monday.

The new federal PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits for those who are unable to work because of a coronavirus-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. This includes self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and those with limited work history.

https://whdh.com/news/mass-residents-ineligible-for-regular-unemployment-benefits-can-apply-for-assistance-through-pua-program/

April 20, 2020

Town of Norwood Announces Mental Health Resources Available Through Impact Norwood

General Manager Tony Mazzucco and Public Health Director Sigalle Reiss wish to share with the residents of Norwood the following information on mental health resources that are available during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, through Impact Norwood.

The Impact Norwood Substance Use Prevention Coalition strives to create a healthy community for all Norwood residents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of all ages are not just experiencing the physical toll of the virus, but the mental health implications that come with it — from social isolation.

https://t.co/R7ftuJRZNS?amp=1

April 22, 2020

Local Business Owner Vincent A. Dilorio Jr Donates $10,000 To The Norwood Fund

A local business owner donated $10,000 to the Norwood Fund. Vincent A. Dilorio Jr., president of Norwood based engineering firm Vincent A. Dilorio, Inc., donated to the fund to support residents in need of assistance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norwood/norwood-receives-10-000-donation

April 24, 2020

Massachusetts Death Toll Tops 2,500, Total Cases Top 50,000

Another 196 people in Massachusetts have died after testing positive for the new coronavirus, raising the death toll above 2,500 to 2,556.

And a day after the state set two COVID-19 testing records, the records were topped, though on a technicality.

Nearly 5,000 more people were who tested positive were reported Friday, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, bringing the total to 50,969. A record 20,137 new tests were reported overall, more than double what the state had been reporting until Thursday.

On Thursday, 3,079 people had tested positive and 14,614 were tested overall, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Both were the highest daily numbers seen yet in Massachusetts the coronavirus crisis.

 

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/mass-hits-major-coronavirus-milestones-death-toll-tops-2500-total-cases-top-50000/2113351/

April 26, 2020

Over 19,000 Bostonians Are Tested For Covid-19- Nearly One Third Have Test Positive

As of April 22, 33.6 percent out of the 19,278 city residents tested since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic were diagnosed with the virus, a weekly report from the Boston Public Health Commission shows.

https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/04/25/boston-coronavirus-cases-neighborhood?s_campaign=Email:BComToday

April 28, 2020

The death toll for COVID-19 in Massachusetts rises to 3,003 people

The death toll for COVID-19 in Massachusetts has risen to 3,003 people after the state’s Department of Public Health announced that 104 new people have died form COVID-19 as of Monday. This is the third day in a row where the number of new COVID-19 deaths announced in the state has decreased.

The Department of Public Health also announced 1,524 new cases of COVID-19 in Mass., bringing the state’s total of positive cases to 56,462.

Additionally, the state administered 8,787 new COVID-19 tests as of Monday, bringing the total number of coronavirus tests performed in Massachusetts to 244,887.

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-dashboard-april-27-2020/download

 

April 28, 2020

Gov. Baker extends stay-at-home advisory through May 18

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie has extended the state’s stay at home advisory through Monday, May 18. The advisory was originally set to expire on Monday, May 4. The decision was announced at Gov. Baker’s Tuesday afternoon press conference.

https://www.boston25news.com/news/health/coronavirus-updates-number-new-covid-19-deaths-drops-third-straight-day-mayor-walsh-says-boston-will-not-reopen-may-4/SISREQMK75A43GGIPNTPJTFLCM/

April 30, 2020

Norwood’s general manager, among first coronavirus cases, back at work

A Massachusetts town manager is back at work after he became one of the first public employees in the state to test positive for COVID-19.

Norwood General Manager Tony Mazzucco was one of 11 town employees who had to self-quarantine after attending a March 1 house party where a person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus was also in attendance.

Mazzucco was notified of his positive COVID-19 test result on March 9.

https://www.wcvb.com/article/norwood-massachusetts-general-manager-among-first-coronavirus-cases-back-at-work/32337969#

May 2020

May 1, 2020

Norwood Recognizes Businesses For Donating, Producing PPE

 Norwood General Manager Tony Mazzucco praised a number of local businesses who have adjusted their regular operations to assist in producing medical supplies and protective gear during the coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses and organizations from multiple industries, along with local residents, have assisted in making a number of protective supplies, including face shields, masks and hand sanitizer. Other businesses have donated equipment for these supplies as well as N95 masks, gloves, disinfectants and more.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norwood/norwood-recognizes-businesses-donating-producing-ppe

May 4, 2020

Norwood Announces Community Coronavirus Testing

The Town of Norwood, in partnership with the hospital, is now providing coronavirus testing for Norwood residents. The Town has secured 1,000 tests designated for Norwood residents.

Any resident with symptoms or who believes they have been exposed and would like a COVID-19 test should schedule an appointment by calling 781-278-4499 and asking for the Norwood Community Testing program. Pre-registration is required — it is not a walk-in clinic.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norwood/norwood-announces-community-coronavirus-testing?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_term=health+%26+fitness&utm_campaign=autopost&utm_content=norwood&fbclid=IwAR2pVjRWaEsmdb2b-4N9rGyaofUYPOjDKgTalHHZ06iPPo1Akc3fXaWvMgg

May 8, 2020

150 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Massachusetts; 1,612 new cases confirmed

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed 150 new COVID-19-related deaths across the state Friday, bringing the state’s total to 4,702.

https://www.wcvb.com/article/massachusetts-covid-19-cornonavirus-numbers-daily-update-may-8-2020/32418780#

May 8, 2020

Coronavirus in Massachusetts: 4,702 deaths, 75,333 COVID-19 cases total

 The Department of Public Health reports there are now 75,333 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 4,702 deaths on Friday.

According to the DPH, 366,023 individuals have been tested. There are 1,612 new confirmed cases in the state for a total of 75,333.

https://www.wwlp.com/news/health/coronavirus-local-impact/coronavirus-in-massachusetts-4702-deaths-75333-covid-19-cases-total/

May 13, 2020

Norwood Hospital looking for recovered COVID-19 victims

Norwood Hospital is looking for plasma donations from those who have had COVID-19 and recovered.

The hospital has a convalescent plasma-treatment program for COVID-19 patients.

Plasma from those who have recovered from the disease is helping some victims by speeding up recovery, authorities say.

https://www.thesunchronicle.com/foxboro_reporter/rail/around_town/norwood-hospital-looking-for-recovered-covid-19-victims/article_d7c6752a-d940-560c-a759-8c40472064cf.html

May 14, 2020

How Norwood’s Coronavirus Infection Rate Compares In MetroWest

Looking at the number of cases per 100,000 residents in a given town shows how far the virus has infiltrated the population.

Norwood has an infection rate of 1534.26 cases per 100,000 residents. The town has a population of 29,195 and, as of Wednesday, 462 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norwood/how-norwoods-coronavirus-infection-rate-compares-metrowest

May 18, 2020

Baker announces initial re-opening guidelines

Gov. Baker’s today announced the first stage of the state’s gradual business re-opening after a two-month lockdown to slow the coronavirus spread.

Effective today, the manufacturing and construction industries and houses of worship may resume operations. The first wave of businesses to re-open will have minimal contact with customers and will be places where social distancing is relatively easy, Baker said.

https://norwood.wickedlocal.com/news/20200518/baker-announces-initial-re-opening-guidelines

 

May 19, 2020

Norwood Food Program Feeds 400 Families Weekly

Norwood introduced a new community food program to the town. The program is serving over 400 families and has school cafeteria workers cooking, preparing and serving weekly dinners to families throughout the months of May and June.

The program, run through the Norwood Public Schools, was an idea that started with the members of Norwood’s Incident Command Team. The program provides free Grab & Go dinner meals to Norwood families with students in the Norwood Public Schools or home-school, or Norwood families of other schools with children under 18 years of age.

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norwood/norwood-food-program-feeds-400-families-weekly

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