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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.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 6:52 pm

Gov. Baker today ordered all restaurants shut - except for kitchens, which can keep filling take-out orders, until April 7, and banned all gatherings of more than 25 people.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 1:59 pm

WBUR reports on the governor's comments this morning.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 12:35 pm

Gov. Baker today announced a statewide ban on public gatherings of more than 250 people to try to slow the spread of Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 10:25 am

Mayor Walsh made the announcement this morning. The reason should be obvious. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/20 - 4:03 pm

MassLive reports that Gov. Charlie Baker this afternoon declared a state of emergency because of Covid-19 - with state health officials reporting the state now has 92 confirmed cases - most of them still related to that Biogen meeting at the Marriott Long Wharf. Read more.

By adamg - 1/20/20 - 6:25 pm

Ayanna Pressley gave an impassioned speech at the annual Martin Luther King breakfast this morning about how King's fight for civil rights is far from over. Charlie Baker came next and started with "The only thing I can add to that rant is this ..." He's apologized, of course. Rev. Laura Everett explains the damage was done.

By adamg - 11/18/19 - 4:06 pm

With many Red Line riders still fuming over delays this morning that lasted more than an hour, Gov. Baker's office decided 12:35 p.m. was a good time to boast about improvements being made to the Red Line.

By adamg - 11/10/19 - 1:39 pm

As the Massachusetts Republican party accelerates into Trumpsylvania, Ed Lyons analyzes Charlie Baker's new super PAC, which put money into a variety of municipal campaigns in this month's election - including those of some Democrats:

By all appearances, Massachusetts Majority is the engine of a new statewide political party, targeting that sizeable majority of largely unenrolled voters who support Charlie Baker and his politics but are not being served by loud partisans to the left and right.

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