COVID-19 Information

covid info

(The banner above is yellow because Salem was designated as being in the YELLOW COVID-19 alert level by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on August 26, 2020 and continues to be in the YELLOW alert level.)

Click here to read the most recent COVID-19 Response Update from the City of Salem

Click here to find details about free COVID-19 Testing in Salem

Click here to read the Board of Health's October restrictions Order and the subsequent Advisory.

Click here to find out the approximate current crowd level in downtown Salem (October weekends only). 

Click here to find community resources through Salem Together

Click here to access the Salem Together Assistance & Recovery Toolkit

Click here to access the City's Safe Workplace & Reopening Policy

Click here for information about the start of Salem Public Schools

Click here to report a non-compliance with the Commonwealth’s travel advisory quarantine, face covering, gathering, or other public health rules.


In light of public health concerns arising from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the State of Emergency declared by the Governor, all individuals who meet any of the following criteria are not permitted to enter any City building.

These criteria include the following:

  • Persons exhibiting any flu like symptoms, including fever, runny nose and severe cough
  • Persons who have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus within the preceding 14 days.
  • Persons with apparent symptoms of coronavirus, such as fever, severe cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital, board of health, or other medical provider, or health agency, or who reside with anyone who has been asked to self-quarantine

People who think they may have been exposed to coronavirus are urged to contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Current Data for Salem - October 23, 2020

Total cases: 908

Active cases: 234

Recovered cases: 931

COVID-19 related deaths: 44

Average Daily Case Rate per 100,000 over previous 14 days: 6.5/cases (MA rate = 10.2/cases)

Tests completed previous day: 508 (fewer than 5 positive)

COVID-19 patients at North Shore Medical Center: 5 (0 in ICU)

Hospital capacity - north east region of Massachusetts: 31% (403 beds)

Total tests (through 10/21/2020): 31,140

Tests in previous two weeks (10/7-2114/2020): 4,496

Percent positive in previous two weeks (through 10/7-14/2020): 1.1% (MA rate = 2.3%)

Mask compliance (weekend of 10/16-18/2020): Overall = 96.6%: Pedestrian Mall area = 97.3%, Derby Street area = 94.3%, Witch House area = 96.0%