April 10: City putting $3 million in crisis aid toward Boston renters
April 7: BU announces cancelation of summer programs
April 4: Students to receive partial refunds for Spring semester
March 31: Statewide non-essential business closures, stay-at-home advisory extended till May 4
BUSM to graduate students early in response to COVID-19
BU goes test-optional for next year’s applicants
March 27: Massachusetts instructs visitors to self-quarantine, ramps up health resources
March 26: BU postpones commencement, plans for late summer or fall graduation ceremony
March 25: Two students, one staff member with confirmed COVID-19 cases
March 23: Baker orders non-essential businesses to close, advises residents stay home
March 22: Study abroad students sent home amid COVID-19 outbreak
March 19: Room and RA selection put on hold, new release dates TBA
March 18: Coronavirus pandemic forces short end to BU playoff runs, spring seasons
March 17: University announces remote classes to extend until end of semester
March 12: NCAA, Patriot League, Boston Marathon halts BU Athletics, marathon participants amid current coronavirus outbreak
March 11: University announces temporary switch to online classes
March 4: BU cancels university sponsored spring break trips
February 1: Massachusetts sees first confirmed case of coronavirus
NOTICE: As of May 1, updates to case numbers and charts can be found here.
Confirmed cases in Massachusetts: 64,311
Confirmed cases in Boston: 9,271
Total tests in Massachusetts: 289,636
Confirmed deaths in Massachusetts: 3,716
sources: Massachusetts Department of Health, City of Boston
And in the midst of chaos, people have stepped up to help others.
In a few short weeks…
The coronavirus pandemic completely changed the way Boston University functioned.
- Changes in dining halls
- Changes in housing
- Study Abroad canceled
- Editorial: The Credit/No Credit option
- OP-ED: Class of 2020 commencement postponed
Students and professors have had to adjust to an unfamiliar virtual learning environment.
- Professors make adjustments
- Coping with time differences
- Opinion: Remote learning’s effects
- Blog: Online School fashion
- Blog: What people are really doing on Zoom
Much of student life has been shifted online or canceled.
- Student Government uses Zoom
- Student-run shows canceled
- Liquid Fun’s virtual improv
- Blog: Remote Greek life
But the pandemic has also prompted unprecedented scientific advances, which BU has spearheaded.
- COVID-19 test developed at BU
- BU labs explore COVID-19 vaccines
- Boston company developing COVID-19 vaccine
- The history and science of COVID-19
- GALLERY: Being tested for COVID-19
Even for those not directly at risk for the virus, the transition to a new normal has had a mental toll.