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Updated March 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Eleven days into a state of emergency, all town buildings, including the new and old libraries, remained closed, as were athletic fields and parks. Residents made the best of roads and sidewalks or headed to conservation areas and trails to stretch their legs. We review information daily and update this article as needed; please send additions, updates, and corrections to editor@harvardpress.net.

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A construction worker climbs a ladder at the elementary school construction site March 18. While schools and town offices have closed over concerns of spreading coronavirus, work on the new school continues. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Town braces as COVID-19 cases rise

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts increasing at an unsettling rate, both the state and the town implemented further restrictions over the past week in an attempt to stop the spread. As of March 24, the number of cases in Massachusetts had grown to 1159, a 50% increase from the previous day; 73 of those cases were in Worcester County. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Offers abound to ‘adopt a senior,’ but await protocol to keep everyone safe

Council on Aging Director Debbie Thompson said in a Monday phone conversation that she has had lots of calls from people wanting to “adopt a senior” and deliver groceries and other necessities to homebound seniors and disabled residents. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

School Committee gives hourly workers paid leave, delays decision on bus contract

The School Committee voted unanimously Monday to place the school district’s hourly, non-unionized staff on paid leave during the school shutdown, following the recommendation of the state education commissioner.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

State and local elections delayed until June, caucus until May

Harvard voters have an extra two months to make up their minds about which candidate to support in the contest between Cathy Clark and Dan Sena to represent the 37th Middlesex District in the state Legislature.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Select Board declares emergency, postpones caucus and Town Election, seeks delay of special state election

In a low-key meeting that was surely one for the history books, the Select Board Tuesday night declared a state of emergency, voted to move Town Caucus and Town Election to late spring, and voted to join the other five towns of the 37th Middlesex District in asking the Superior Court to order a delay in the March 31 special election to replace former state Rep. Jennifer Benson.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Schools prepare for three-week shutdown; home learning continues

With nationwide reports of COVID-19 cases increasing with every news cycle, Gov. Charlie Baker on Sunday ordered all public and private schools in the commonwealth closed for three weeks, from Tuesday this week until a tentative return date of Tuesday, April 7.

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