At his daily press conference, Gov. Baker said that while he's still hoping the federal government will come through with the hundreds of ventilators it promised Massachusetts a little over a week ago, he's not counting on it keeping its word.
"We are pursuing ventilators through other strategies as well," he said. He did not specify what that meant or if a local sports team's plane would be involved.
Baker also got a bit irritated when a reporter asked him about reconsidering making recreational pot shops "essential," like liquor stores are. He repeated his earlier comments that if he did let pot shops open, people would drive to Massachusetts from all over the northeast and defeat the social distancing he said is a key part in flattening the curve in Massachusetts.
He did not discuss making pot shops open to just Massachusetts residents and said he was getting sick of the topic, because he's really focused on slowing the surge of Covid-19 cases that could hit the state within the next couple of days and so "saving the lives of tens of thousands of people," and he would hope other people would feel that way as well.
He said he is cautiously optimistic that while Massachusetts numbers continue to rise, they do not seem to be showing the same amount of exponential growth seen in Wuhan, Italy and New York.
Also today, Baker announced he has filed legislation to make it harder to sue doctors, nurses and EMTs for emergency work they do during the current Covid-19 emergency.