ARLINGTON RELATED CORONAVIRUS NEWS – begun on March 12, updated as warranted
Two from Arlington die from COVID-19
UPDATE 3/31 Town of Arlington reports two people have died from complications from COVID-19. They know of at least 20 people with the disease. More at www.arlingtonma.gov
UPDATE 3/30 Number of Arlington residents infected with COVID-19 rises to nineteen. Public health experts caution that cases are rising at a rapid rate, urge residents and children to not congregate at parks or the bike path. More at www.arlingtonma.gov.
UPDATE 3/25 Schools and day cares closed by state until May 4th. Town collecting PPE’s, AYCC holding mental health video meeting. More at www.arlingtonma.govUPDATE 3/24: Select Board declares State of Emergency for Arlington, pushes back town election to June at the earliest, urges people to donate protective equipment here’s how. All information at www.arlingtonma.gov.
UPDATE 3/23: Town closes dog park and playing courts, only take out and curbside delivery allowed for restaurants. More at www.arlingtonma.gov.
UPDATE 3/20: Town manager calls on residents to ‘stay at home and away from non-family contacts, stop congregating outside, and only run essential errands at this time.’ Cases in Arlington up to seven. Health department says not everyone getting tested who needs it. Full release: arlingtonma.gov
UPDATE 3/19 5:00 P.M.Town urges people to stay home, all ‘personal care’ establishmentsto be closed, Select Board to vote on postponing elections and Town Meeting. Full details at www.arlingtonma.gov
UPDATE 3/17 4:45 P.M: ‘Stay at Home, Only Conduct Essential Errands’
It its latest website update the Town of Arlington’s public health officials remind residents to “stay at home and only venture out to conduct necessary tasks like grocery shopping or picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy.”
What’s closed: Schools, Gym’s, restaurants, accept to-go meals and deliveries, playgrounds with structures. The release states that “parks, fields, and courts will remain open for passive use. No congregating, group activities, or game playing is allowed. Please maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people while enjoying these spaces.” There is no change in the number of presumptive cases of COVID-19, which rose to five Monday.
Arlington Public Schools No longer Handing Out Printed Enrichment Packets
Enrichment information for each grade has been sent to families via district emails. In a message Tuesday afternoon Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said, “Due to the volume of people who showed up at Thompson Elementary School today to pick up enrichment packets, and on the advice of the Board of Health, we are suspending the pick-up of packets going forward.” She presented an option for parents to request one be mailed if they do not have acess to the internet at home.
UPDATE 3/16 5:20 P.M. Five presumptive positive COVID-19 cases. Arlington gym’s closed. Restaurants to follow state guidelines.
UPDATE 3/15 5 P.M.: There are now four presumptive COVID-19 cases, playgrounds closed, town hall offices available by phone and online only. “We do not believe this is an accurate count of the actual spread of the virus in the Arlington community.”www.arlingtonma.gov
UPDATE 3/14 7 P.M.: Town offices open weekdays, but online transactions encouraged, trash being collected. All schools closed through at least through March 27. Grab and go lunches available for students at Thompson School beginning Monday, March 16 10:30 a.m. to Noon, Monday-Friday. Senior transportation and Meals on Wheels still operating. Food Pantry/Arlington EATS regular hours. More info. via www.arlingtonma.gov.
Massachusetts is under a State of Emergency due to the world-wide Coronavirus pandemic. The Town of Arlington www.arlington.ma.gov reports that it continues to make the decisions its leadership team feels are best for its community, taking into account the latest information and guidance from state and federal authorities. Arlington Community Media News will provide the latest updates through video and text here on this page.
You can also check this page here for up-to-date info from the town.