Written by Martin J. Walsh
“Shut it all down.” I never thought I would hear myself saying these words about the city I love, but I knew it was the only way we could save lives.
The coronavirus pandemic is like no other challenge we have faced. We had to be decisive, and we had to act together as a city.
In a matter of weeks, we restructured daily life in a city of 700,000 people. We rallied a citywide coalition to keep our kids fed and engaged while schools were closed. We built a 1,000-bed field hospital in five days to manage hospital overflow and care for sick homeless residents. We zeroed in on health equity, bringing testing and treatment to the communities that needed them most. And we flattened the curve, achieving one of the lowest transmission rates in the country.
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