Three COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Melrose

The City of Melrose Health Department was notified on March 23, 2020, that three Melrose residents have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness associated with the novel coronavirus. These are the first three reported cases in Melrose.

The Health Department is following Massachusetts Department of Health protocols, including communication with the individuals and immediate follow up with the residents’ contacts. The individuals are in isolation. This is all the information the Health Department is able to share at this time. 

Health Director Ruth Clay indicates that an increase in positive cases is expected. "As more tests are performed, more positive cases can be identified. As of March 23 at 4 p.m., there were 777 confirmed cases in Massachusetts. That’s a jump of 131 from the previous day’s report."

“While we anticipated the arrival of positive COVID-19 cases in Melrose for some time now, today’s news highlights how this pandemic is truly spreading everywhere,” Mayor Brodeur said. “I am calling on all residents to use this announcement as an opportunity to evaluate their own behavior and practice social distancing. This isn’t just about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting the whole community.”

Please visit for more information regarding CDC recommendations, community and business resources, municipal operations, and more. If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19, feel free to contact our Health Department at 781.979.4130 or