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By adamg - 4/23/20 - 5:52 pm
Chart showing more than 3,000 new Covid-19 cases yesterday statewide

Daily number of positive test results: Massachusetts in blue; Boston in red.

Massachusetts today reported 3,079 new Covid-19 cases, the largest number since the state began testing in March - and far more than the 1,745 cases reported just the day before. Read more.

By adamg - 4/22/20 - 1:23 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 22, 2020

Gov. Baker declined to say today whether he will consider making barbershops and hair salons "essential" services - because he said it's time to start thinking about creating "rules of the road" that will allow such places to re-open if they take particular steps. Read more.

By adamg - 4/21/20 - 1:13 pm

In response to a reporter's question, Gov. Baker took a moment out of his daily Covid-19 briefing to say he opposes the Trump administration's attempt to ban all immigration. "It doesn't make any sense and I don't think it makes us any safer."

By adamg - 4/21/20 - 12:18 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 21, 2020

Gov. Baker made the announcement at his daily press conference; said there's no way to assure a safe environment for all students. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/20 - 3:57 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 17, 2020

At his daily press conference today, Gov. Baker said he will announce a decision on whether to order public schools shut for the remainder of the school year "shortly." Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/20 - 2:59 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 14, 2020

At his daily press conference, today at a new, 94-bed Cape Cod field hospital, Gov. Baker said he and other Massachusetts leaders will decide when Massachusetts is ready to ease current Covid-19 restrictions, based on public-health concerns, rather than having it imposed from above. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/20 - 6:06 pm

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced this afternoon that Massachusetts has joined New Jersey and five other states in what could be a coordinated effort to slowly re-open each state's economies on a timetable dictated by public-health concerns rather than the whims of the president's daughter and son-in-law: Read more.

By adamg - 4/10/20 - 3:34 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 10, 2020

Gov. Baker won't institute a mandatory stay-home order, but had a simple message for residents today: "Stay home."

Baker said that applies even, perhaps especially, on Easter: Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/20 - 4:29 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 8, 2020

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. Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/20 - 8:32 pm

COVID-19 Update: Community Tracing Collaborative Announced to Further Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

Gov. Baker announced today that a non-profit group working with the state is hiring 1,000 "contact tracers" to interview Covid-19 patients and find out all the people they may have come in contact with to follow them and get them testing and care if needed. Read more.

By adamg - 4/2/20 - 8:23 am
Plane with masks being unloaded

Gov. Baker posted this photo of 1.2 million N95 masks being loaded onto the Patriots plane, after several days of negotiations with a Chinese company and the Chinese government - and a $2 million payment by the Patriots owner. ABC News reports 300,000 masks will go to New York - and that 500,000 more masks are waiting for us in China.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 4:28 pm

Gov. Baker said today that while he is unaware of any open gun shops, if there are any, their owners need to close immediately, because they're not "essential." Baker said that gun manufacturers, such as Smith & Wesson, are on the list of "essential" businesses, so they can continue to churn out guns, even if there are no longer places in Massachusetts to legally buy them.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 4:24 pm

Gov. Baker said today that the state's second Covid-19 field hospital will be assembled inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 3:04 pm

Gov. Baker says he kept recreational or adult-use marijuana shops on the list of "non-essential" businesses that can not open to the public because the last thing we need is potentially infected people driving into Massachusetts. Read more.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 2:19 pm

COVID-19 Update: March 31, 2020

It's tough, but it needs to be done, Gov. Baker said of extending the non-essential ban to May 4 in his daily press briefing today. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 2:13 pm
Covid-19 peak in Massachusetts could be April 15, researchers think

Potential MA Covid-19 peak demands, by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

The feds have agreed to ship at least 1,000 ventilators to Massachusetts and state officials begin to clear out some nursing homes for recovering Covid-19 patients who still need nursing care but not intensive hospital attention, Gov. Charlie Baker said today. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/20 - 11:47 am

At his daily press conference this morning, Gov. Baker urged people from away to stop coming here, but that if they do, to promptly put themselves away for at least 14 days - especially if they have symptoms. Read more.

By adamg - 3/19/20 - 9:38 am

State Rep. Mike Connolly (Cambridge and Somerville) yesterday asked his colleagues to step up the state's game against Covid-19 and get the state to order residents to stay inside except when absolutely necessary: Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/20 - 5:45 pm

WBUR reports there could be exceptions for centers that care for children of medical workers and first responders.

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