In an attempt to consolidate an increasing amount of new information that is developing on a daily basis, we will begin posting updates in this thread that pertain to Coronavirus.
We continue to take direction from our local Health Department and by extension from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). We will continue to update residents as changes occur and we will attempt to keep updates focused on information that directly pertains to Malden and defer to DPH for matters that extend beyond our City. Please continue to monitor this Alert thread for continued updates.
Good afternoon, I’m Mayor Gary Christenson with an important update. As of today, March 30th, Malden has 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Our Health Department has been in contact with each affected resident and all isolation protocols are being followed. We ask everyone to continue to take responsibility and do their part to stop the spread of this virus. Health experts have repeatedly told us that it is critical to practice social distancing and limit interaction with others. That is why we have closed all Malden parks until further notice. This means our parks are closed for passive exercise, organized games, walking the track and using the equipment. This also means all fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, dog parks and the community gardens are closed. While our parks provide such a great benefit to our community in normal times, unfortunately they are also a place where people congregate in groups and have close physical contact - and this is exactly what we are trying to prevent. Finally, I will be hosting a live broadcast on COVID-19 with MATV, Wednesday night, April 1st at 7:00 PM. You can view this show on Comcast Channel 22, Verizon Channel 26 or on Youtube live by visiting MATV.org. At that time, I will be joined by Health Director Chris Webb and School Superintendent John Oteri. We will take questions live by calling in or by messaging the City of Malden’s Facebook account. Thank you and be safe.
Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo today announced an agreement to extend the 2019 state individual income tax filing and payment deadline from April 15 to July 15 due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This income tax relief is automatic and taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms to qualify.
Governor Baker extended the closure order for K-12 schools and non-emergency child care to May 4th.
Today, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.
Governor Charlie Baker announced a series of new measures to adapt childcare operations, enhance the Commonwealth’s healthcare system’s capacity, assist small businesses, and support unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Malden Public Health Director Chris Webb recently reported on the latest numbers with respect to known cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus. As of Wednesday, March 18th, the City of Malden has two tested and confirmed cases of COVID-19. As a reference, there are a total of 218 tested and confirmed cases in the State of Massachusetts.The first confirmed case was linked to last month’s Biogen conference and the person had already been in the midst of a 14-day self-quarantine when they were informed about testing positive. The second is a hospital employee who was also under quarantine once they were suspected of being exposed. Our Health Department has been in regular contact with the residents, all protocols and precautionary measures have been followed and they are doing well.The City also has an additional 57 residents that are currently under quarantine for either being suspected of or presumed to have COVID-19. This second group includes those who have simply come in contact with someone who has tested positive, returned home from another country or have reported symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 but have not had a confirmed positive test. As a reference, there are a total of 1,168 in this same situation in the State of Massachusetts. We continue to follow DPH’s guidelines on both reporting and monitoring these cases.
MBTA Update:At the start of service on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, trains and buses will run with reduced service to support efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, we have increased cleaning and sanitation at stations and on vehicles.Service changes will help riders and employees avoid large crowds and allow for social distancing. These decisions are based on guidance from public health professionals and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).
Governor Baker has ordered a ban of all gatherings of 25 people or greater. Additionally he as ordered that as of Tuesday, March 17th, all restaurants and bars will be closed to public seating but still may remain open for takeout and delivery. Lastly, he declared all public and private elementary and secondary schools will shutter beginning on Tuesday(if not already closed) until Monday, April 6.
The Malden Health Department has been notified by the Mass Department of Public Health that a Malden resident has tested positive for Coronavirus. The case is linked to the Biogen conference last month and this person had already been in the midst of a 14 day self-quarantine when they were informed about testing positive. Our Health Department has been in regular contact with the resident and all protocols and precautionary measures have been followed. It is reported that the person’s symptoms are reducing and that they are doing well.
While the Malden Public Schools are closed we are pleased to offer support to our families by providing free breakfast and lunch for ALL students beginning on Monday, March 16. There will be two sites where breakfast and lunch will be served, Salemwood School and Malden High School. Students can go to either site. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. Lunch will be served from 11 AM to 1 PM. These are Grab and Go lunches, served out of the cafeteria however you cannot eat in the cafeteria. Again, this is FREE for all students residing in Malden beginning on Monday, March 16 from 7:30-9:00 and 11 to 1 PM.
Health professionals have advised that our best approach to combat COVID-19 is social distancing and as a result effective Monday, March 16th, City Hall will be closed to the general public for a two-week period. All departments can still be reached by phone and/or email and further details will follow.
Malden Public Schools have made the decision to indefinitely close all Malden Public Schools beginning, Friday, March 13, 2020.
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, we have advised our Boards and Commissions to conduct meetings that are only required by law. For meetings that aren't canceled, we recommend that members of the public use their judgement.Attending any public gathering can present a risk of either contracting or spreading COVID-19 and in accordance with the recommendations from the CDC and Mass DPH those who are at risk with preexisting medical conditions and/or are a member of a vulnerable population such as the Elderly, should not attend. Additionally, any other member of the public that is exhibiting any signs of cold or flu-like symptoms should not attend any public meeting.
With an increase of Coronavirus cases recently reported state-wide combined with members being a part of a susceptible age group, and out of an abundance of caution, our Senior Center is ceasing all activities for its members until further notice.
Governor Baker has declared a state of Emergency amid growing concerns over the spread of Coronavirus.