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.
Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy and the city Health Department issued an urgent message this morning about "a significant surge of COVID-19 cases overnight" due to "person to person contact:" Read more.
The Crimson reports Harvard scientists have found that olfactory nerve cells that detect odors and relay the information to the brain have a couple of types of proteins on their surfaces that Covid-19 seems particularly adept at latching onto and using as a gateway to turn cells into virus-producing machines. So a person scratches his nose or breathes in some particles, the virus lands on these cells and attacks and eventually kills them - sometimes long before before the invaders reach the throat and lungs and wreak more serious damage.
City Manager Louis DePasquale announced tonight that the city will convert the War Memorial Recreation Center and garage at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School into a temporary shelter for the homeless - one large enough to be split into three areas, one for people with confirmed Covid-19 diagnoses who don't need hospitalization, one for people who are showing symptoms but have yet to get test results and a third for symptomless people who want to get off the street. Read more.
Mayor Walsh said today that while he continues to want to keep parks open, he's instructed Parks workers to remove all street-hockey and tennis nets to encourage people to social distance, after a nice weekend during which many people didn't. Read more.
Lydia Bourouiba, an MIT professor and director of the Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory, writes that our current six-foot safety zone is based on decades-old work in a laboratory and that might be putting health-care providers at risk. Read more.
Solmon and Rokeya Chowdhury, who own the Shanti restaurants on Dorchester Avenue and in Roslindale Square and Kendall Square, alerted their customers today that they've temporarily closed the restaurants: Read more.
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.
Just not enough social distancing going on, so the city "encouraged" Kelly's and other eateries along Revere Beach Boulevard to stop doing takeout and all agreed, the city reports.
Also, Mayor Brian Arrigo slowly drove along the beach with a bullhorn, yelling at people to keep their distance. The city reported 83 Covid-19 cases as of today, up from just 8 at the beginning of the week.