With New England fall weather upon us, the Brookside Community Health Center is closing its outside COVID-19 testing and resource site on Nov. 5. Brookside Community Health Center is part of the Brigham & Women's Hospital, and has operated the test site for six months. It's also been a distribution site for care kits, a a voter registration location, and more. "We understand this continues to be a challenging time for so many of us and are committed to identifying an indoor location where we can serve you consistently throughout the winter months.
Effective Thursday, all Boston Public Schools are suspending in-person learning due to a jump in COVID-19 positive test results. The city’s seven-day average COVID-19 positive test rate was reported at 5.7%, an increase from last week’s rate of 4.5%, according to Boston Public Schools (BPS) press release. All students will receive remote education until there are two full weeks of falling infection rates. “We have said all along that we will only provide in-person learning for students if the data and public health guidance supports it, and this new data shows that we are trending in the wrong direction,” said Mayor Martin Walsh. “We will continue to monitor the metrics and work towards our goal of welcoming students back into our classrooms, learning among their peers, supported and educated by our dedicated staff.”
BPS officials made the decision in consultation with public health officials, and reviewing data that showed two weeks of increased confirmed positive cases across all of Boston.
Like the rest of the country, the Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on Jamaica Plain's stores and restaurants. As the state slowly loosens restrictions, it's important for us to feel comfortable to go back to our favorite stores and restaurants. As the months have gone on businesses have altered the way they operate. Have they worked? Have contactless payments eased your mind?
The most horrible monster is COVID-19 this Halloween, and it's causing everyone to don a mask they'd prefer they didn't have to wear. And Coronavirus has led to one of Jamaica Plain's most beloved Halloween traditions to be cancelled. Every Halloween costumed children go from business to business on Centre and South streets collecting candy. But not this year... "After careful consideration, the JP Business & Professional Association have decided to cancel their traditional Trick-or-Treat on the Street for businesses in the Centre/South district.
ByMayor Martin J. Walsh and Superintendent Brenda Cassellius |
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping Boston’s families safe, healthy, and equitably supported has been our top priority. That’s why we made the tough but necessary decision to close Boston Public Schools buildings in March. In a matter of days, we began distributing Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to students, we set up meal sites to continue feeding tens of thousands of students and families, and we transitioned to fully remote learning. It was an all-hands-on-deck effort, and one we kept up while planning the upcoming school year. We are still facing uncertainty from coronavirus, but the values that guide us are unchanged.