Boston Strong news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports 3.12.2020.

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. 

The 124th Boston Marathon has been postponed to Monday, September 14, 2020 due to concerns around the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Watch the announcement by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker, Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Athletic Association Thomas Grilk, and President and CEO of John Hancock Marianne Harrison. For more information please visit the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) website.

On Wednesday, March 11, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in conjunction with the Boston Public Schools (BPS), announced the closure of the three campuses of the Eliot K-8 School after a non student member of the school’s community tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, BPS plans to reopen all three sites of the Eliot school on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Read more on the closure.

On Thursday, March 12, Mayor Walsh released a memo that offers interim guidance for hosting City-sponsored meetings and events in Boston.

On March 10, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a state of emergency in the Commonwealth. This declaration gives the state more flexibility to respond to the coronavirus. There is evidence of community transmission in Western Mass., but at this point, there is no community transmission in the City of Boston. This situation is evolving rapidly and changes day to day.

The state of Massachusetts is updating information about COVID-19 cases and residents subject to quarantine in Massachusetts. Visit the MDPH webpage on COVID-19 quarantine and monitoring in the Commonwealth. The CDC is tracking confirmed cases across the United States. For the latest on case counts, visit the CDC’s website on COVID-19

Since January, the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston EMS have taken extensive steps to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19.

BPHC and Boston EMS are trained to respond to infectious diseases. In the past, we have successfully stood up heightened awareness, monitoring and response approaches for SARS, MERS, and H1N1 flu. We will do the same for COVID-19.

BPHC is engaging in daily communications with the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), City of Boston departments and other community partners to make sure we have the latest information on guidance, best practices and recommendations. BPHC will provide updated information on this website and on our social media channels as it becomes available.

We are confident the City of Boston will be ready for a safe and effective response as the situation develops.