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May 24
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): The Latest

VISIT THE BPHC MAIN PAGE ON COVID-19

OVERVIEW:

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 City of Boston and BPHC have extended the public health emergency declaration until further notice. A public health advisory is in place for everyone in Boston, except essential workers, to stay home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. All Massachusetts residents over the age of two must now wear a face covering in public. 

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP OF TESTING SITES IN BOSTON

Boston's Latest Numbers (As of May 24, 2020):

  • 12,466 confirmed cases 

  • 5,924 recovered

  • 611 deaths



Click here for the BPHC 05-21-2020 Weekly COVID-19 Report

Boston Race/Ethnicity Case Data:

Race/Ethnicity

Known Cases

Percentage of Known Cases

Asian/PI

370

4%

Black/African-American

3,915

38%

Latinx/Hispanic

2,524

25%

Other

844

8%

White

2,559

25%

Total Race/Ethnicity Identified Cases in Boston

10,212

81.9% of total cases in Boston have known Race/Ethnicity data

Total Cases in Boston 

12,466

 


Boston Race/Ethnicity Death Data: 

Race/Ethnicity

Deaths

Percentage of Known Deaths

Asian/PI

34

6%

Black/African-American

210

36%

Latinx/Hispanic

62

11%

Other

25

4%

White

257

44%

Total Race/Ethnicity Identified Deaths in Boston

588

96.2% of total deaths in Boston have known Race/Ethnicity data

Total Deaths in Boston

611

 


Although complete data on race and ethnicity among COVID-19 positive cases in Boston residents has not been reported to the City of Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is actively working to collect available data for public release.

NOTE: Information on race and ethnicity data is collected and reported by multiple entities and may or may not reflect self-reporting by the individual case. A classification of "missing" indicates that no reporter knew the race and ethnicity of the individual, the individual refused to provide the information, or that the originating reporting system does not capture the information. "Other" indicates multiple races or another race that is not listed above.

Number of deaths at long-term care facilities: 275 (Updated weekly: 5/18/2020)


Weekly Neighborhood Data: (Updated 5/17/2020)

NEIGHBORHOOD

​NUMBER TESTED

OF TESTED, % POSITIVE​

East Boston - 02128

4,137

​​34.5%

Dorchester - 02121, 02125

​ 5,340

30.7%

Mattapan - 02126

2,418

30.1%​

Dorchester - 02122, 02124

6,582

29.5%

Hyde Park - 02136

3,751

27.6%

Roslindale - 02131

​ ​ 2,493

27.0%

South End - 02111, 02118

3,116

25.5%

Roxbury - 02119, 0212

3,773

23.6%​

Allston/Brighton - 02163, 02134, 02135

3,284

23.3%

Jamaica Plain - 02130

​ 2,862

23.0%

West Roxbury - 02132

1,831

23.0%

South Boston - 02127, 02210

 1,927

22.4%​

C​harlestown - 02129

972

16.4%​

Fenway - 02115, 02215

1,719

15.6%​

Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End, Downtown, & North End - 02108, 02114, 02116, 02199, 02222, 02109, 02110, 02013​

​ 2,816

13.6%​

Other

22

68.2%

Boston

47,043

​​26.0%


ABOUT OUR RESPONSE:

Since January, BPHC and Boston EMS have taken extensive steps to prepare for a potential outbreak of 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 continues to be ready for a safe and effective response as the situation develops.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19?

Visit the BPHC Main COVID-19 Page

Call 311 or 211

Call the Mayor's Healthline: 

617-534-5050 or Toll-Free: 1-800-847-0710

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on COVID-19

Massachusetts Department of Public Health website on COVID-19


Media Contact: 

Caitlin McLaughlin 

cmclaughlin@bphc.org 

(857-393-0002)

May 15
Mayor Walsh, Massachusetts General Hospital Announce Results of Antibody and COVID-19 Testing for Boston Residents

Friday, May 15, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, together with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), today announced the study to evaluate community exposure to COVID-19 through a representative sampling of asymptomatic Boston residents resulted in 9.9% testing positive for antibodies and 2.6% of currently asymptomatic individuals testing positive for COVID-19. In conclusion, approximately 1 in 10 residents in this study have developed antibodies and approximately 1 in 40 currently asymptomatic individuals are positive for COVID-19 and potentially infectious. 

"We can draw two preliminary conclusions from the results of this study," said Mayor Walsh. "First, that the actions we took early on in this pandemic made a real difference in slowing the spread and, second, that the majority of our population still have not been exposed to the virus. This underscores what we already know, that we have to move cautiously and stay focused on what got us this far. This can be done by a gradual, phased-in approach to reopening that includes clear health criteria and safety guidelines for each industry and depends on testing and hospital metrics reaching certain benchmarks, and continuing to move in the right direction." 

More than 5,000 residents living in East Boston, Roslindale or within the boundaries of zip codes 02121 and 02125 in Dorchester were invited to voluntarily participate in the study, with total outreach representing more than 55% people of color. Approximately 1,000 residents expressed interest in participating and 786 residents were deemed eligible. Of those, 750 residents enrolled in the study and received the required testing. Residents with symptoms or a previously positive COVID-19 test were disqualified from the study.

Baseline demographics of the 750 participants:

  • Median age is 42.4 years old

  • 61.6% are female, 38.3% male

  • 36.8% are from Roslindale, 25.1% are from East Boston, 23.2% are from 02125 in Dorchester and 14.9% are from 02121 in Dorchester

  • 62% are white, 18.7% are Black/African-American, 12% are Latinx/Hispanic, 2.3% are Asian/Pacific Islander and .13% are American Indian/Alaska Native. 1.6% preferred not to say and 1.6% are unknown. There were no significant differences in COVID-19 or antibody rates by race or ethnicity in this sample.

Prevalence of COVID-19 positivity in currently asymptomatic individuals ranged from 1.1% to 4.6%, while antibody positivity ranged from 6.3% to 13.3% by zip code.

  • East Boston: 1.1% tested positive for COVID-19, 13.3% tested positive for antibodies

  • Roslindale: 2.2% tested positive for COVID-19, 7.6% tested positive for antibodies

  • 02121 in Dorchester: 2.7% tested positive for COVID-19, 6.3% tested positive for antibodies

  • 02125 in Dorchester: 4.6% tested positive for COVID-19, 12.1% tested positive for antibodies

"Making sound decisions about safely reopening requires that we understand how extensively the virus has already spread in our community," said Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Massachusetts General Hospital. "The testing that the teams from Boston and the MGH conducted shows that approximately 90 percent of the city's residents have not yet been exposed to the virus. We also know that COVID-19 will be with us for a while. It is vital therefore that we be thoughtful and careful about reopening, and that we continue to take actions - wearing masks, physical distancing, working from home when possible, limiting gatherings - that can prevent another surge of the disease."

Testing was conducted at three drive through testing sites in East Boston, Roslindale and Dorchester. Testing for COVID-19 virus is done by means of a swab of the nose and determines if you have the infection. Antibody testing is done by means of blood drawn through a finger prick and detects whether your blood has antibodies that are present when the body is responding to an infection, like COVID-19. Any resident who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus or the COVID-19 antibodies was provided with clear guidance and information on how to care for themselves and those around them.

This announcement builds on Mayor Walsh's commitment to increase access to testing for Boston residents, which will allow for better understanding of the spread and inform a path to recovery. Boston is currently offering testing in over 20 locations, including hospitals and community health centers. During April 30 and May 7 alone, Boston had a 30 percent increase in the amount of testing happening citywide. By the end of last week a total of 36,072 tests had been conducted.

On Monday, Mayor Walsh announced that the City's first round of universal testing for all unhoused individuals in Boston was completed. Over 2,200 homeless individuals were tested, with 743 testing positive for a 32% infection rate. In addition, Mayor Walsh is working on universal testing at city substance use residential programs.

Through the Boston Resiliency Fund, the City has dedicated $1.24 million to expand COVID-19 testing and conduct culturally appropriate outreach and education at 17 community health centers in Boston neighborhoods. A full map of testing sites is available here. The map includes contact information for the testing site and it is updated as new sites come online. Residents who are sick and want to be tested should call ahead to be pre-screened and schedule an appointment. Residents will not be charged for testing and residents will not be asked about immigration status. 

In addition, the City of Boston has made available weekly data on testing at the neighborhood level, with new reports including the number of people tested, and positive testing rates for each neighborhood. The latest data was shared on Thursday, May 7 and can be found here

 

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May 08
Mayor Walsh Announces City of Boston To Suspend Large Events in the City Through Labor Day

Friday, May 8, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today in accordance with public health guidance around the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic announced that parades and festivals will not take place in the City of Boston this summer, up to and including Labor Day on September 7, 2020. 

"While we're planning a healthy reopening and an equitable recovery process, I know this announcement will be disappointing to many residents and organizations that look forward to these events each year," said Mayor Walsh. "This is a hard public health decision, but it's the right one. I encourage people to rethink their events, and thank them for their work to inspire us, and help our communities get through this difficult time."

The City of Boston has made the decision to continue to suspend events that bring crowds together in close contact, like a road race, concert, or flag raising. No event should be planned that would involve more than 10 people gathering or that could draw a crowd of any size.

The City of Boston encourages organizers to host events through virtual means, such as the 24th Annual 2020 Mother's Day Walk for Peace, which has transitioned into a virtual walk-a-thon. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will not be holding a live performance of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4. Instead it will present, on television and online, A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes, in honor of front-line workers and all those who have lost their lives to the health crisis. City of Boston events that will move to a virtual option include the Donna Summer Disco and Gospelfest.

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May 06
Mayor Walsh Announces Major Expansion of COVID-19 Testing in the City of Boston

​Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that his Administration is moving forward with a rapid expansion of COVID-19 testing, building on his continued commitment to ensure equitable access to testing for Boston residents. In this next phase of testing expansion, the City of Boston is aiming to reach an average of at least 1,500 diagnostic tests per day to residents, targeting efforts in each neighborhood, while prioritizing populations most vulnerable to the severe impacts of COVID-19. The City has been working continuously to increase testing in Boston and currently an average of 1,100 tests are conducted per day of Boston residents across all available testing sites, up from an average of 680 tests conducted per day the previous week.

"Testing helps people get the care they need and avoid passing the virus on to others," said Mayor Walsh. "Increasing our testing efforts allows our public health experts to better track the outbreak and it will continue to be essential in our progress toward recovery. Public health models tell us that the more testing we can do, the more we can reduce our positive infection rate, giving us the data and confidence we need to move forward safely."

As part of the expansion, the City will work to expand the current testing infrastructure that exists to increase the number of community health centers offering testing and increasing their testing capacity by 50 percent in the next month. In addition, the City will partner with two hospitals to expand community-based testing over the next month. 

Mobile testing

The City will expand mobile testing capacity in Boston with a targeted goal of testing an average of 150 residents a day, operating six days per week. Mobile testing will help fill any gaps in testing availability, prioritizing neighborhoods and populations that need dedicated testing efforts to create equitable access to testing.

Surveillance testing for targeted populations

As part of the ongoing work to make testing available for groups at risk of faster spread and more severe illness from COVID-19, the City will work to complete universal testing for individuals experiencing homelessness and then begin universal testing for other high-impact populations and sites, including first responders.

Additionally, the City of Boston is moving forward with universal COVID-19 testing for all unhoused individuals in Boston. The City recently secured 1,000 tests donated by the Boston company Orig3n. As testing is completed, individuals who are positive will get the care and support they need to recover. Individuals who are negative will be placed in designated areas to allow for better social distancing and help slow the spread of the virus.

Antibody testing

As the City ramps up testing, a large-scale antibody testing initiative is underway to help better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Boston, which will help inform the path to recovery. The City is working with Massachusetts General Hospital to test 1,000 asymptomatic Boston residents for both the COVID-19 virus and COVID-19 antibodies. The data and collective results are expected to be available next week. Following this study, the City is looking to expand antibody testing to more Bostonians including targeted populations such as first responders. 

The City of Boston has been partnering with community health centers to increase access to testing, particularly in neighborhoods experiencing higher rates of COVID-19. This week, the number of tests among Boston residents increased by 44 percent from the previous week, according to the latest data from the Boston Public Health Commission. There have been close to 28,000 COVID-19 tests in Boston residents, accounting for about 4 percent of the City's population. Out of the total number of tests, the percentage of those who tested positive went down from almost 34 percent to 32 percent in the last week. 

Testing among East Boston residents increased by 76 percent during the last week and had a lower percent positive of positive tests compared to previous data, but still had the highest percentage positive among all neighborhoods. Mattapan, Roxbury, West Roxbury and Hyde Park experienced the largest decreases in percent positives comparing the past week with previous data. The latest numbers of cases by Boston neighborhoods are available here.

Mayor Walsh and the Resiliency Fund Steering Committee have dedicated over $1,000,000 to expand COVID-19 testing and conduct culturally appropriate outreach and education to community health centers across City of Boston neighborhoods, including Bowdoin Street Community Health Center, Codman Square Community Health Center, The Dimock Center, DotHouse Health, Mattapan Community Health Center, Uphams Corner Community Health Center, Whittier Street Community Health Center, Charles River Community Health, Fenway Health, Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center, Harbor Health, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, and Brookside Community Health Center. The Fund has also supported telehealth services and equipment at those community health centers as well to connect testing to safe treatment options at home.  

Boston is offering testing in five hospitals and 18 health centers. Residents can find a map of testing sites on boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org/coronavirus. Residents are asked to call ahead for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment, unless otherwise noted. Residents can click on the interactive map to find the testing center with hours, address and contact information. It will be updated as new sites become available for testing.

TESTING FACILITY

ADDRESS

CONTACT 

Codman Square Health Center

637 Washington Street

Dorchester, MA 02124

(617) 822-8271

The Dimock Center

45 Dimock Street

Roxbury, MA 02119

(617) 442-8800

Ext. 2683

DotHouse Health

1353 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

(617) 740-2292

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center

632 Blue Hill Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02121

(617) 825-3400

Mattapan Community Health Center

1575 Blue Hill Avenue

Mattapan, MA 02126

(617) 296-0061

Whittier Street Health Center

1290 Tremont Street

Roxbury, MA 02120

(617) 427-1000

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

10 Gove Street 

East Boston, MA 02128

 

Drive Thru Location:

525 William F McClellan Hwy East Boston, MA 02128

(617) 569-5800

Upham's Corner Health Center

415 Columbia Road

Dorchester, MA 02125

(617) 388-5007

Bowdoin Street Health Center

230 Bowdoin Street

Dorchester, MA 02122

(617) 754-0100

Brigham and Women's Mobile Testing

At BCYF Tobin from May 4 -9, 2020

1481 Tremont Street 

Roxbury, MA 02120

Walk-in basis only, from 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

South Boston Community Health Center

Coming soon

Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center

4199 Washington Street Roslindale, MA 02131

(617) 323-4440

Charles River Community Health

Coming soon

Fenway Health

1340 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02215

(617) 927-6000

Harbor Health

398 Neponset Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

(617) 282-3200

Brookside Community Health Center

Coming soon

Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

Coming soon

NEW Health Charlestown

Coming soon

Brigham and Women's Hospital

(Boston main campus)

75 Francis Street

Boston, MA 02115

(617) 732-5500

Carney Hospital

2100 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02124

(617) 296-4000

Massachusetts General Hospital 

55 Fruit Street

Boston, MA 02114

(617) 726-2000

St. Elizabeth Medical Center

736 Cambridge Street

Brighton, MA 02135

(617) 789-3000

Tufts Medical Center

885 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02111

(617) 636-0019

Residents will not be charged for testing regardless of insurance or immigration status. Call the Mayor's Health Line at (617) 534-5050 for help with health insurance applications, navigating Boston's health care system, and with COVID-19 questions.

Resources and information about COVID-19 are available online. Resources available on boston.gov and through City departments include support for renters and homeowners; small businesses; free meals for Boston students and families; free toiletries for Boston students; emergency childcare centers; support for older residents; information on homeless shelters; transportation options for health care workers; resources for those in recovery or those who have a substance use disorder; and mental health resources. 

For additional questions or programs, please visit BPHC's coronavirus website and the City of Boston's coronavirus website or call 3-1-1, Boston's 24-hour constituent hotline. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to receive text alerts on a regular basis, available in 11 languages.

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May 02
How to Make a Simple Face Covering at Home

​Starting on May 6, 2020, all Massachusetts residents will be required to wear a face covering in public places, including when going for a walk or exercising. Governor Charlie Baker's mandate builds on Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's continued call for residents to wear a face covering when outside of their homes to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Boston Public Health Commission wants to remind everyone it is important to continue to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, even when wearing a face covering. 

A face covering is any well-secured paper or cloth that covers the mouth and nose. Face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

  • Be secured with ties or ear loops

  • Include multiple layers of fabric, if it is a cloth covering

  • Allow for breathing without restriction

A face covering can be made from something you already have in your home, such as a scarf, bandana or a t-shirt. Follow the video tutorials below to make your own face covering.

Video Tutorials

How to make a simple face covering from a bandana:

 


Graphic also available in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Arabic

Watch Boston Mayor Marty Walsh make a face covering with only a t-shirt, scissors and rubber bands:

 


Additional Resources: 

CDC Guidance on on how to make a cloth mask is available here.

BPHC Face Coverings Flyer

VIDEO: Boston artist and former Project Runway Erin Robertson shows you how to sew your own mask 

VIDEO: Sewing studio and fabric shop Gather Here shows you how to sew your own mask

VIDEO: Boomerang Bags Boston gives a tutorial on hand-sewn masks

VIDEO: Local artist Kelli Bos walks you through sewing your own mask



Apr 26
Mayor Walsh Announces Partnership With Massachusetts General Hospital on Randomized Antibody Testing for 1,000 Residents

Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh together with Dr. Peter Slavin, President of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today announced that approximately 1,000 residents in the City of Boston will be invited to participate in a study to evaluate community exposure to COVID-19 through antibody testing. The sampling will focus on residents living in East Boston, Roslindale and within the boundaries of zip codes 02121 and 02125 in Dorchester. Outreach to residents in those areas began today.

"It is our hope that by conducting this testing, we as a collective City will get a better understanding of the true prevalence of COVID-19 in our community," said Mayor Walsh. "The more we can expand our testing, the more we can learn how to use our medical resources more efficiently, and how we need to focus our current efforts to contain the virus. I want to thank MGH for being an excellent partner on this effort that we hope will be a step forward towards the path to recovery."

As part of the study, MGH will collect data of 1,000 asymptomatic Boston residents this week by administering testing for both the COVID-19 virus and the COVID-19 antibodies. Testing for COVID-19 virus is done by means of a swab of the nose and determines if you have the infection. Antibody testing is done by means of blood drawn through a finger prick and detects whether your blood has antibodies that are present when the body is responding to an infection, like COVID-19. Any resident who tests positive for the COVID-19 virus or the COVID-19 antibodies will be provided with clear guidance and information on how to care for themselves and those around them.

This randomized testing is critical, as the CDC estimates that nationally 25 percent of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, and may not know they are a carrier of the virus, or that they could be infecting others.

"We are at war with COVID-19, and overcoming this viral enemy demands knowledge, strategy and intelligence gathering," said Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Massachusetts General Hospital. "A growing body of evidence suggests that many people who have been infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, but we don't yet know how prevalent the disease is in our city, in our communities and in our society. Data from this testing in Boston will provide vital clues into the spread of the virus and will help us develop strategies to slow down or stop this invisible foe."

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary for residents who have been contacted, is available to them on a first come, first serve basis up to 1,000 residents, and residents will not be charged for testing. Testing for this study is expected to be completed by May 1, and summary data of the the compiled results will be made publicly available, including the numbers and percentage of residents who test positive for the COVID-19 virus and COVID-19 antibodies, both within the neighborhoods included and the total study group tested. In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), no personal information from any participants will be shared. 

This announcement builds on Mayor Walsh's commitment to increase access to testing for Boston residents, which will allow for better understanding of the spread and inform a path to recovery. In the last week alone, Boston has had a 30 percent increase in the amount of testing happening citywide, making a concerted effort in the hardest-hit areas. For example, in the last week, Hyde Park had a 57 percent increase in testing, Mattapan had a 35 percent increase in testing, and the hardest-hit parts of Dorchester had a 37 percent increase in testing. 

On Friday, Mayor Walsh announced the City of Boston will move forward with  universal testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus) for all unhoused individuals in Boston. The City of Boston has secured an additional 1,000 tests, which will allow public health officials to test all clients in Boston's shelter system over the next two weeks. 

Through the Boston Resiliency Fund, the City has dedicated over $760,000 to expand COVID-19 testing at nine community health centers in East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. There are now currently 15 testing sites up and running across the City of Boston, which includes 10 operated by community health centers, and 5 operated by hospitals. A full map of testing sites is available here. Residents are encouraged to call ahead to be pre-screened, and pre-scheduled appointments are required. Residents will not be charged for testing and residents will not be asked about immigration status. 

In addition, the City of Boston has made available weekly data on testing at the neighborhood level, with new reports including the number of people tested, and positive testing rates for each neighborhood. The latest data was shared on Friday, April 24 and can be found here

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Apr 24
Mayor Walsh Announces Universal COVID-19 Testing For Unhoused Individuals In Boston

Friday, April 24, 2020 - Building on Boston's commitment to serving all homeless individuals in the city, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston will move forward with universal testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus) for all unhoused individuals in Boston. The City of Boston has secured an additional 1,000 tests, which will allow public health officials to test all clients in Boston's shelter system over the next two weeks. The efforts will be led by Boston's partners at Boston Health Care for the Homeless, in coordination with the Boston Public Health Commission, St. Francis House, and the Pine Street Inn. The tests are being donated by the Boston company Orig3n.

"We continue to work every day to support our homeless population and the staff who serve them--with shelter, with care, with testing," said Mayor Walsh. "This is a big step forward in protecting our most vulnerable populations. Universal testing in Boston's homeless community is critical to allow us to provide individuals the targeted care they need. We will continue to work with our partners in government and the nonprofit community about the resources we need moving forward."

As of Thursday, April 23, 1,340 individuals have been tested, and 453 homeless individuals who have been tested are positive, or 34 percent. All Boston Public Health Commission shelters remain open, and the City of Boston has been conducting widespread testing in this population. As testing is completed, individuals who are positive will go to get the care and support they need to recover. Individuals who are negative will be placed in designated areas to allow for better social distancing and help slow the spread of the virus.

Since the start of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19, Boston has worked to protect its most at-risk populations, including homeless individuals. The City of Boston has added over 900 new beds all across the city to reduce the density in the city's shelters, and to treat homeless individuals who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Boston Hope at the BCEC has 500 beds dedicated to the care of homeless individuals, and the City of Boston has built quarantine and treatment centers next to its largest shelters. 

The City of Boston has also worked with its partners to create 172 beds at Suffolk University dorms to improve shelter spacing, and 70 beds at a former hospital on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton. The City has also helped add 250 beds at Newton Pavilion, in partnership with the Boston Medical Center. In addition, there are 50 beds for veterans at a facility in Brighton, and Boston University has provided 75 rooms for Pine Street Inn staff.

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Apr 23
Boston Recognizes National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - On behalf of the City of Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh together with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute are recognizing National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), which is marked across the United States from April 19-25. NCVRW is an opportunity to recommit to offering the resources necessary not only to stop violent crime and interrupt cycles of violence, but also to support the victims of crime in their healing and recovery. 

"I recognize that being forced to stay home more frequently increases risk for people who are not safe at home, and that isolation and social distancing can be particularly painful for those who have been the victims of crime," said Mayor Walsh. "While we do everything we can to fight the impact of COVID-19 in our communities, the City of Boston will continue to provide and promote resources for those who are facing or recovering from crime."

NCVRW is a time to raise awareness of issues facing crime victims and promote important resources and services available to victims of crime. The City of Boston together with our partner organizations offers resources to listen to and support crime victims as they press forward on a path toward justice and recovery. 

The City of Boston offers 24/7 support to any and all residents who feel impacted by community violence by calling the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team hotline for immediate support: 617-431-0125. In addition, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute serves as a center of healing, teaching and learning for families impacted by murder, trauma, grief and loss. The Peace Institute is available to families in the first 24-72 hours after a homicide. 

"As we focus our efforts on the crisis before us today, it is more important than ever that we remain mindful of the victims among us so to ensure they and their suffering do not get lost," said Peace Institute President Clementina Chéry. "We are proud to partner with the City of Boston, and we continue to serve families impacted by murder, grief, trauma and loss even as we embrace social distancing and other recommended practices that keep us all safer during this uncertain time."

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is a partner to the City of Boston in serving survivors of homicide victims and all those in our community facing murder, trauma, grief, and loss. A support system is available at 617-825-1917. 

You can also learn how you or someone you know can get the help they need by visiting LDBpeaceinstitute.org. If you interested, you can share your survivor story on social media using #NCVRW2020 to inspire other victims in Boston to seek help and healing.

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Apr 20
Mayor Walsh, BPHC Release New Map with Testing Sites in the City of Boston

Monday, April 20, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today launched a new mapping tool to help Boston residents find locations offering COVID-19 testing. The City of Boston is partnering with community health centers to increase access to testing, particularly in neighborhoods experiencing higher rates of COVID-19.

"Every community deserves full access to COVID-19 testing. We will continue to work to expand access to testing for all residents across Boston, particularly our hardest hit communities," said Mayor Walsh. "Access to neighborhood-based testing will help us quickly identify cases, and get people the care and support needed to recover and prevent the further spread of COVID-19."

According to the latest data from the Boston Public Health Commission, Hyde Park had 413 reported cases of COVID-19, Mattapan had 298, Dorchester had 1,274, East Boston had 410, Roxbury had 335, Roslindale had 302, and the South End had 372.

The map is available on boston.gov/coronavirus and bphc.org/coronavirus. Residents are asked to call ahead for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment. Residents can click on the interactive map to find the testing center with hours, address and contact information. It will be updated as new sites become available for testing.

TESTING FACILITY

ADDRESS

CONTACT 

Codman Square Health Center

637 Washington Street

Dorchester, MA 02124

(617) 822-8271

The Dimock Center

55 Dimock Street

Roxbury, MA 02119

(617) 442-8800

DotHouse Health

1353 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

(617) 740-2292

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center

632 Blue Hill Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02121

(617) 825-3400

Mattapan Community Health Center

1575 Blue Hill Avenue

Mattapan, MA 02126

(617) 296-0061

Whittier Street Health Center

1290 Tremont Street

Roxbury, MA 02120

(617) 427-1000

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

10 Gove Street 

East Boston, MA 02128

(617) 569-5800

Upham's Corner Health Center

415 Columbia Road

Dorchester, MA 02125

(617) 388-5007

Bowdoin Street Health Center

230 Bowdoin Street

Dorchester, MA 02122

(617) 754-0100

Brigham and Women's Faulkner Community Physicians at Hyde Park

1337 Hyde Park Avenue

Hyde Park, MA 02136

(617) 364-9880

Brigham and Women's Hospital

(Boston main campus)

75 Francis Street

Boston, MA 02115

(617) 732-5500

Carney Hospital

2100 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02124

(617) 296-4000

Massachusetts General Hospital 

55 Fruit Street

Boston, MA 02114

(617) 726-2000

St. Elizabeth Medical Center

736 Cambridge Street

Brighton, MA 02135

(617) 789-3000

Tufts Medical Center

800 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02111

(617) 636-7216


Testing is free regardless of insurance or immigration status. Residents are encouraged to call the Mayor's Health Line at (617) 534-5050 to help with health insurance applications, navigating Boston's health care system, and with COVID-19 questions.

Last week, Mayor Walsh and the Resiliency Fund Steering Committee announced additional funds for organizations that provide critical services and support to residents, vulnerable populations and Boston families whose wellbeing is most immediately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

The East Boston Community Health Center received funding in the first round of fund distribution and will be expanding their testing to East Boston clients, in addition to first responders. Six community health centers in neighborhoods seeing higher incidences of COVID-19 to expand their testing capabilities for residents, including:

Resources and information about COVID-19 are available online. Resources available on boston.gov and through City departments include support for renters and homeowners; small businesses; free meals for Boston students and families; free toiletries for Boston students; emergency childcare centers; support for older residents; information on homeless shelters; transportation options for health care workers; resources for those in recovery or those who have a substance use disorder; and mental health resources. 

For additional questions or programs, please visit our coronavirus website, the City of Boston's coronavirus website or call 3-1-1, Boston's 24-hour constituent hotline. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to receive text alerts on a regular basis, available in 11 languages.

Apr 15
Mosquito Spraying to Begin This Month in Boston

​The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) would like to advise residents and community members in Hyde Park and West Roxbury of upcoming sprayings to help control mosquito populations in selected neighborhood areas. BPHC partners with the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project (SCMCP) to protect Boston residents from mosquito-borne disease transmission.

SCMCP will be conducting a helicopter application of the biological larvicide, Bti, to control mosquito larvae over large wetlands. 

  • Wetlands currently being evaluated include the Fowl Meadow area of Hyde Park, the Hancock Woods area near VFW Parkway and Corey Street in West Roxbury.

  • The application will be conducted between April 20 and April 24.

  • The larvicide will be applied in a granular formulation by a helicopter flying low directly over the wetlands.

Residents do not need to take any special precautions for this application.

Mosquito species have different breeding habits, but most want to lay their eggs near water – usually in vegetation or in still water. To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, BPHC advises residents to limit places around the home where standing water can collect. People should turn over unused flowerpots, buckets, wheelbarrows and garbage cans; remove leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; dispose of or cover old tires; and cover swimming pools when not in use.

Click here for more information about the mosquito control work of BPHC and its partnership with SCMCP. 

About Bti: The material to be applied, Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis), is a natural bacterium found in soil. The EPA classifies Bti as a relatively non-toxic pesticide.  Bti is considered a target selective and environmentally compatible pesticide that affects mosquito larvae and a few closely related aquatic insects in the fly family. Once applied Bti stays suspended in water for 24 to 48 hours and then biodegrades as it settles to the bottom. The product name of the Bti is VectoBac GR (EPA Reg. #73049-486).

For further information contact the Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.

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