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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.

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


On Tuesday, March 31, Governor Baker extended his emergency order requiring all non-essential businesses to close their physical workplaces until Monday, May 4. The order still limits gatherings to 10 people.

On Monday, March 30, Mayor Walsh announced that a new partnership will help create subsidized housing for 1,000 Boston Public Schools families at risk of displacement and experiencing homelessness. The City released a comprehensive plan for those experiencing homelessness in Boston during the public health emergency.

What you need to know

Latest Mass. Department of Health numbers

Boston: 1,057 confirmed cases (97 recovered and 7 deaths)

As of Wednesday, April 1

Massachusetts: 7,738 confirmed cases

As of Wednesday, April 1

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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.

Map of meal sites for children and youth

With Boston Public Schools closed to students starting on Tuesday, March 17, we will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.

Map of meal sites

About our 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

Watch: An address from Mayor Walsh

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