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COVID-19 Archives March 2020


3.31.20 COVID19 Update
3.30.29 Eight new cases confirmed in Fall River bringing the total to 20
3.30.20 The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
3.29.20: COVID-19 Update



The City of Fall River is looking for volunteers when and if we need them. If you know of any medical professionals who are interested in volunteering, individuals can sign up with MA Responds via The Health Professionals Volunteer Website.   

US: The CDC has issued a domestic travel advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.






The City of Fall River’s  Department of Health and Human Services has provided a brief update this morning with the following information:

– As of Friday, March 27, 2020 – Positive COVID- 19 Cases – 4
– As of Saturday, March 28, 2020 – Positive COVID-19 Cases – 5 (additional)

There are a total of 9 positive COVID-19 cases as of this morning in the City of Fall River. A detailed breakdown will be provided by the Director of Health and Human Services after 4:00 pm this afternoon.

3.27.20: Senior Centers will be closed until Monday, May 4th.
3.27.20: We continue to urge residents to call  MA 2-1-1 or visit for information and resources related to COVID-19.
3.27.20: Small Business ELF Press Release
3.27.20:  Fall River PPE Donations
3.26.20: Fall River had been notified that two more residents have tested positive for COVID-19: The number of people in the City who have tested positive for COVID-19 is now 3. The Health Department is in contact with individuals who were potentially exposed and is informing them of the next steps.
3.26.20: The City will receive an additional $100,000 of relief grant funds, bringing out total to $200,000. The Health Department will use the funding support services for Fall River residents who are under isolation and quarantine,  public health staffing to respond to COVID-19, and other associated costs.
3.25.20: Wipes Clog Pipes
3.25.20: No Wipes in the Pipes
3.23.20: City of Fall River municipal employees Media Release
3.23.20: COVID-19 Essential Services List














Personal Care Business Closures Media Release

Fall River, MA – A joint order by the Mayor of the City of Fall River and the Director of Health of Human Services/Board of Health has been issued to close personal care type businesses effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The last day operations will be allowed until further notice will be Monday, March 23, 2020. Establishments include but are not limited to the following:

  • hair salons/barbers
  • nail salons
  • massage services
  • body art
  • bodywork
  • aestheticians
  • day spas
  • tanning salons
  • fitness and exercise centers

The above businesses have been identified as personal care in nature and offer services to the public that cannot be performed at the necessary social distancing (6 foot) requirement that has been established to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please continue to maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay home whenever possible, and kindly continue to respect and support each other.













Fall River COVID-19 Update media release 

The City of Fall River was informed that a resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is now isolated.  Those potentially exposed to the diagnosed resident have been traced and contacted.  Those individuals are now in quarantine.

Resources for COVID-19 Information:

Behavioral Health: It is important that residents prioritize their mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Residents experiencing anxiety, depression, or need emotional support can call 211 to be connected to behavioral health resources.

Massachusetts 2-1-1 provides residents with real-time COVID-19 information.  Residents with questions regarding COVID-19 should call 2-1-1.

  • MA 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
  • Information is available in over 150 languages
  • All calls are confidential

Information regarding the City of Fall River’s response to COVID-19 can be found on the City’s website at  Information can also be found on the City’s Facebook page.

3.20.20: We cannot stress enough the need for social distancing. Adjusting your daily life to practice social distancing will help the ENTIRE population.  Please review this video from MDPH regarding social distancing.  
3.20.20: Remember to take care of yourself. Information regarding managing stress and anxiety during  COVID-19 can be found here. 
3.20.20: Important information from MEMA for organizations that are offering services at this time. We encourage organizations meeting their criteria below to complete their survey below. Once this map is created, we will post as a resource.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is creating an interactive web map that will identify organizations that are providing vital services to those most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Organizations we are targeting include, but are not limited to, food pantries, elder support, meal delivery, meals for school-age children, shelter assistance, emotional support, spiritual support, etc. We are looking to you, our dedicated support organizations, to identify as many services as possible in an effort to assist our most vulnerable populations.

To capture this information, we ask that you take a minute to complete this brief survey to identify your organization, its locations, and the services that you provide. Once you submit your response, your organization and information will appear on our public-facing map.

If your organization has multiple locations, we ask that you fill out a survey for each location. This will ensure that locations will appear within the community that they serve.

3.20.20: For updates, emergency orders, and guidance from Governor Baker during the COVID-19 outbreak please visit the State website. 


Effective immediately, the City of Fall River parks and open spaces will be open for passive use only – no team sports.  This will be monitored and enforced by the Fall River Police Department and Parks Department Staff.


The Fall River Public School System is providing access to meals for any school-aged Fall River residents.  Youth 18 and under do not need to be enrolled in the Fall River public schools to be provided a meal. For more information please visit the Fall River Public Schools website.



We encourage residents to sign up for CodeRED.  By registering for this free community notification service you will be notified by Fall River emergency response teams in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. For more information and to register please visit the CodeRED website.






From Department of Early Education and Care on 3.18.20

Governor Baker has ordered all early childhood education programs across the State of Massachusetts to suspend providing childcare by 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, March 22, 2020. This will remain in effect until April 6, 2020. At the same time, the Department of Early Education and Care (“EEC”) is establishing a process to approve Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs to serve vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of all Commonwealth citizens. This approach prioritizes public health and safety while maintaining critical service for vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work during this pandemic.



We encourage Fall River residents to seek information and guidance from reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
3.18.20: The City of Fall River has no confirmed cases at this time.
3.18.20: We would like to continue to stress to residents the importance of social distancing. Social distancing will save lives. It is critical that our residents adapt their behavior in the short term in order to help our community in the long term.
3.18.20: The City of Fall River will be provided $100,000 from the State for COVID-19 response work.
3.17.20: At this time, the City of Fall River has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.


The City of Fall River would like to remind all restaurants, bars, and private clubs that onsite consumption of food or beverages is prohibited. These types of establishments are limited to takeout or delivery service only.  Any establishment in violation of these will have their license suspended immediately. For information please review Governor Baker’s order here.
3.17.20:  While Government Center is closed our departments continue to be accessible via phone and e-mail. Residents can also utilize our dropbox located at our Third Street entrance.
3.16.20:  Fall River Government Center will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, March 27th. City employees will report to work as scheduled.
3.16.20:  All city playgrounds and play structures will be closed until Monday, April 6th. Parks and open spaces will remain open at this time.
3.15.20:  The Fall River Public Schools will be open as an early release day on Monday, March 16th. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17 – Monday, April 6th the Fall River Public Schools will be closed. For more information, please visit the Fall River Public Schools website.
3.15.20:  All branches of the Fall River Public Library will be closed Monday, March 16th – Monday, April 6th.  For ways to use to Library online please the library website.
3.15.20: The Fall River Senior Centers will be closed Monday, March 16th – Monday, April 6th.