COVID-19 History

  • How It Started

    In early January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported growing incidences of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China.  

    As additional cases continued to be identified in Thailand and Japan, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) started screening at the three U.S.  airports that were known to be used by those traveling back and forth from Wuhan. 
    Grey circle with red clusters known as COVID
    January 21-31, 2020

    • Chinese scientist confirms COVID-19 Human Transmission
    • Wuhan now under quarantine
    • WHO issues Global Health Emergency

    February 3, 2020

    The United States declares a Public Health Emergency. 

    February 27, 2020

    Superintendent James Adams emails out newsletter to parents of Ashland school students with health recommendations for staying safe and minimizing transmission of COVID.  Scroll down this page to find Coronovirus guidance links from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the CDC, as well as parent tips for talking to young children about the virus.  

    March 4, 2020

    The White House declares COVID-19 a National Emergency.

    March 11, 2020

    The World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic.