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New Measures to Curb Rising COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations, Effective Friday November 6

On Monday November 2, 2020 , the Baker-Polito Administration announced a series of target measures to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  These measures will go into effect on Friday November 6, 2020.

  • Stay at Home Advisory: Beginning on Friday November 6, 2020, all residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am. 

  • Early Closure of Businesses and Activities:  Effective Friday November 6, 2020, certain businesses and activities must close to the public each day between the hours of 9:30 PM and 5:00 AM. 

  • Face Covering Order: Effective Friday November 6, 2020, all persons are required to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.

  • Order Limiting Size of Gatherings:  Effective Friday November 6, 2020, indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people.  Organizers of gatherings must report known positive COVID-19 cases to their local health department and cooperate with contact tracing. The order establishes fines for violations.

Learn more about these new measures.

Community-Level COVID-19 Data Over Time

On November 6, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration released updated metrics for communities that adjust for a municipality's population size.  The new metrics incorporate cases per 100,000 residents and the test positivity rate when determining a color designation.  More details about the color designations can be found in the table below.  To see community designations, please download the spreadsheets below or visit the county pages.

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Hospital Capacity by Region

Based on best available data as of 2/18/21


COVID-19 Vaccine

Based on best available data as of 2/18/21

The state now has a weekly COVID-19 vaccination report.  This weekly report features information on COVID-19 vaccine supply distribution, administration, and other data for Massachusetts.  It is updated each Thursday at 5pm.

Please Note: Some federal facilities in MA receive vaccine from a separate federal distribution system that is not included in this data.


The map below shows COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped to providers in different counties as a percentage of the population.  It is important to note that the providers shown are the initial recipients, and doses may be redistributed to other providers (and other counties).

Data Sources and Notes

  • Sources: 
  • Comparisons to previous two-week period: Symbols indicate change when compared to prior two-week period.  For new cases, incidence per 100,000, and total tests: Higher (upward arrow) means the number in the current two-week period is higher than the prior period. Lower (downward arrow) means the number in the current two-week period is lower than prior two-week period. No change (equal sign) means the number in the current two-week period is the same as the prior period. For percent positivity: less than 0.10% difference in the percent positivity is considered No change (equal sign). 
  • Race and ethnicity data by county and community is not available at this time.
  • Change in reporting: MDPH changed their reporting of county data on 8/12/20. Previously, county cases were in the Daily COVID-19 Dashboard report and included probable and confirmed cases. Beginning 8/12/20, county data is now reported in the Weekly COVID-19 report and cases only include confirmed cases. Thus, we are not currently able to show new case county-level data and other county-level data over time for periods prior to 8/12/20.
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