UPDATED Feb. 28: The town Board of Health voted, 2-0, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, to recommend lifting the Aug. 19 town mask immediately. Read more details in the town news release >>
Superintendent Elizabeth Homan plans to recommend to the School Committee on Thursday, March 3, about when Arlington Public Schools should adopt an “optional masking” protocol. Read her statement here >>
Nineteen members of the public spoke at the hearing. Most supported ending the mandate, a number criticized the damage to education and emotional health that the restrictions caused and a few thanked the board for its work.
Patch: Mass. eases mask guidance
Rapid Antigen Covid-19 testing at Town Hall
For symptomatic and those exposed to Covid-19
Arlington Health and Human Services offer rapid antigen testing at Town Hall for those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to Covid-19. All available testing dates and times will be listed here. Masks are required in the testing space. If you do not see any times listed, check back later for updates.
Please register on Simple. This is required for you to receive your test results. If you have been tested with us previously, you do not have to reregister.
- Tuesday, March 1: 9 to 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, March 2: 9 to 10 a.m.
- Thursday, March 3: 9 to 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, get your free, at-home Covid tests from the federal government >>
The Feb. 28 Arlington update shows 4,757 cases of Covid-19 in town, an increase of 782 since Jan. 10, the day that cases here appeared to peak. Deaths rose one on Feb. 8, to 101, 14 since May 2021.
Since May 19, when cases rose to 1,868, until July 6, when the count was 1,875, Arlington has had its longest periods with few increases since the pandemic hit Arlington and YourArlington began reporting numbers almost daily, on March 6, 2020.
45,827 (earlier census)
|At least 1 dose: 94%||Fully vaccinated: 84%|
See the percentage of those vaccinated in Arlington (one dose and both shots):
See all numbers by clicking on View more tables >>
To see the age breakdown of cases reported through Jan. 14, click here and scroll down to the chart >>
Accounting for some deaths
The Boston Globe has reported that Ellen McDonald, a guardian to Norma Ricci, 92, said her friend’s assisted-living residence, Sunrise of Arlington, told her April 1 that a nurse who worked on Ricci’s floor had been infected. A week later, McDonald was told Ricci was rushed to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, with no mention of coronavirus.
The next day, Mount Auburn called to say Ricci had Covid-19. McDonald donned full protective garb to visit her friend on Easter. Ricci died April 15, according to a DeVito Funeral Home notice, which lacks an obituary.
McDonald told the Globe that Sunrise nurses told her many residents were coughing and some staffers had stopped coming to work, without official word from management. In a statement, Sunrise Senior Living told The Globe that nine residents of its Arlington facility have died and 25 have tested positive. The statement said Sunrise has regularly updated residents and families by phone and e-mail. It quoted a regional vice president, Thomas Kessler, as saying, “Communication has always been a source of pride at Sunrise of Arlington.”
Joyce Dodge, a resident of Sunrise Assisted Living, Arlington, before she was taken to Mount Auburn Hospital last Christmas, tested positive and died there Jan. 8, according to a member of the family. There is no obituary.
Among the Covid-19 deaths so far reported among town residents since early March, YourArlington has identified an ninth from obituaries. A listing at Boston.com shows Helen T. Metros died Dec. 12 from the virus in Pittsfield.
Among the Covid-19 deaths so far reported among town residents since early March, YourArlington has identified an eighth from obituaries. A listing at Boston.com shows Vincent A. Aliberti died July 12 from the virus.
Among the Covid-19 deaths so far reported among town residents, YourArlington has identified a sixth and seventh from obituaries. Listings at Boston.com show that Joan M. Mockel and Danile F. Morrison recently succumbed to the virus.
Among the 19 Covid-19 deaths so far reported among town residents, YourArlington has identified a fifth, Vincie Teresa DeRose (Militello), as reported by the Gloucester Times.
The fourth was Alfred "Fred" Iannacone. YourArlington reported a third death, occurring April 14 at Sunrise Assisted Living. A source confirmed the virus victim was Theodore S. Wayne. Since the end of March, two others have died in town from coronavirus: A Globe death notice identifies the first as James K. Power on March 30. A second death here was reported March 31, without details.
Town issues "Wear A Face Covering in Public" advisory; continue to heed state’s stay-at-home advisory. Only run essential errands.
In addition to the current Stay at Home advisory by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, starting immediately, the Town of Arlington is issuing a townwide advisory that all residents wear a face covering when in public.
This advisory applies to anyone age 2 or older when in any public indoor or outdoor space. Indoor public spaces include stores and common areas in multi-unit homes. Outdoor areas include sidewalks, parks, trails, and the bike path. All persons including joggers and cyclists must comply.
This ongoing town statement continues: "We continue to believe this number may provide a false sense of security to residents as numbers in the region and across the state increase at a rapid rate. Public health officials remind all residents, regardless of age, to stay at home and away from anyone who does not live in your house, including relatives. If you have to go out to conduct a necessary errand, like grocery shopping, picking up medication, or checking in on a neighbor who may need assistance, it is crucial you practice social distancing and keep 6 feet away from others."
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance information: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is now accepting applications; this program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a Covid-19 related reason, but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. This includes the self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others. Individuals can review eligibility scenarios here and apply for PUA here.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings when in public: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Wearing a cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing, but an extra measure while you are running essential errands to minimize the spread of the virus. The CDC provides instructions on how to make your own cloth face covering.
For the national picture, see this U.S. map showing numbers from all counties >>
The town is also accepting donations of cloth face coverings, to local seniors, as well as PPE equipment for first responders and healthcare professionals.
List of businesses currently open in Arlington: The listings will be updated at least once daily. Please contact businesses directly before placing and order or going to their establishment to confirm that they are open, as the information on this list is subject to change. See the list here >>
Additional resources for businesses and nonprofits may be found on the Business & Nonprofit Resourcepage. but should not comngregate in groups.
Tracking Covid-19 via Johns Hopkins site
January 2022: Town Covid tracking
November through December: Town Covid tracking
September through October: Town Covid tracking
June through August: Town Covid-19 tracking
May 1 through 31: Town Covid-19 tracking
April 1 through 30: Town Covid-19 tracking
March 1 through 31: Town Covid-19 tracking
Feb. 1 through 28: Town Covid-19 tracking
Dec. 1 through 30, 2020: Town Covid-19 tracking
Feb. 28-March 6, 2020: Coronavirus risk remains low in town, health office says in 2nd update
This news announcement was published Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, and updated thereafter. The orginal copy was written by Joan Roman, town webmaster, with editing and additions by Bob Sprague. Patch reports were included.