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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Boston


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Public Health Commission

Information is rapidly changing — we will update this page as new and relevant information becomes available.


On Tuesday, April 7, Mayor Walsh and the Transportation Department announced ticket amnesty for healthcare workers during the public health emergency. In addition, we have launched a new mapping tool for healthcare workers to find parking spaces in Boston. 

On Sunday, April 5Mayor Walsh announced strict new measures for social and physical distancing for Boston residents, effective Monday, April 6, through Monday, May 4, 2020:

  • The City is encouraging everyone to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when in public.
  • The Boston Public Health Commission is issuing a Public Health Advisory for everyone in Boston except essential workers to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.
  • We're closing City parks with recreational sports areas.

Effective Tuesday, April 7, the following restrictions will be in place for City-owned buildings:

  • City Hall will only be open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone entering City Hall, including employees, must complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms. If you need to visit City Hall for essential services, you must make an appointment.
  • Public access to 1010 Mass. Ave. will be limited to the Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor. Residents must be accompanied when entering the building.

For more recent updates from the City of Boston, check our COVID-19 timeline.


Boston: 2,502 confirmed cases (289 recovered and 30 deaths)

As of Wednesday, April 8

Massachusetts: 16,790 confirmed cases

As of Wednesday, April 8

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Free online screenings

If you think you are experiencing symptoms, Buoy Health is offering free COVID-19 online screenings.

What you need to know

About our response

City of Boston response

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.

State and federal response

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

City of boston Healthcare providers

Healthcare providers in Boston should immediately notify BPHC at 617-534-5611 if they suspect a patient is infected with COVID-19. Providers outside of Boston should contact MDPH at 617-983-6800. CDC has created criteria to guide evaluation of patients suspected to have COVID-19.

Watch: An address from Mayor Walsh

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