COVID-19 Milestones

We've compiled COVID-19 milestones for Western MA, with support from the Academic Volunteer Public Health Corps.  The goal of this endeavour was to provide some additional context for the data.   

MA COVID-19 Milestones: Detailed List
  • February 26-27 - Biogen Conference in Cambridge - over 100 attendees/household contacts infected

  • Early-March - Berkshire Medical Center outbreak – first known start of COIVD-19 in Western MA; community transmission most likely but origin unknown

  • March 10 - Governor Baker declares state of emergency; MA becomes one of the hotspots in the county

  • March 15 - Bars/restaurants close for dine-in

  • March- Holyoke Soldiers Home outbreak, at least 76 veterans died, an additional 84 veterans and over 80 staff test positive

  • March 24 - Stay at Home Advisory in effect; Non-essential businesses shutdown

  • April 3 - Baker administration releases funding to local boards of health and gives Partners in Health $44million for Contact tracing

  • May 1 - Massachusetts mandatory mask order (effective May 6)

  • May 18 - Phase 1 Reopening

  • June 17-18 - Free testing sites for Black Lives Matter protest participants launched across the state, which is shown in the spike in number of tests. Results did not show an uptick in cases.

  • June 22 - Phase 2 Reopening

  • June 25 - CISA arranges free testing, by appointment, in West Springfield for farm workers in western MA

  • June 25 - DESE releases initial fall school reopening guidance

  • July 6 - Phase 3 Reopening

  • July 10 - “Stop the Spread” Statewide COVID-19 Testing Initiative (free testing, available to asymptomatic people); only offered to communities east of I-495)

  • July 25 - Baker Administration announces addition of 8 more communities added to “Stop the Spread” testing initiative, including Agawam and Springfield

  • July 27 - Baystate Medical Center coronavirus outbreak, at least 55 test positive

  • July 31 - Reporting error in testing numbers; state fixes error

  • August 1 - Stricter travel guidelines go into effect- all visitors or returning residents must complete MA Travel Form prior to arrival AND quarantine for 14 days or produce negative COVID-19 test administered 72 hours prior to arrival (lower-risk states, as deemed by Department of Public Health, exempt).