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  • Public Safety Secretary Turco Positive for COVID-19 8:26 PM Mon
  • More Testing Sites Coming 5:58 PM Mon
  • Cases Rising Among MBTA Staff 5:51 PM Mon

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Public Safety Secretary Turco Positive for COVID-19

The state's public safety secretary has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Monday night, and is working from home.

Mass. Urged to Unlock Pool of Foreign Care Workers

Lawmakers are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to let health care professionals trained in other countries join the state's COVID-19 fight, and a recent Board of Registration in Medicine move will allow some international medical graduates who've also trained in the U.S. to receive temporary licenses here.

Relief Fund Announced as Infections, COVID-19 Deaths Rise

[Coverage Developing] As the number of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts climbed to nearly 14,000, Gov. Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker on Monday announced the creation of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund which is being launched with $13 million in funding available to local foundations and community organizations.

Med Marijuana Registrations Spike as Adult-Use Stores Close

The global coronavirus pandemic has upended significant swaths of the economy in Massachusetts and the relatively-young legal marijuana industry is no exception.

Delegation: Fed Ventilator Shipment “Grossly Insufficient”

One day after Gov. Charlie Baker revealed Massachusetts has only received a fraction of the ventilators it requested from the national stockpile, the state's congressional delegation slammed the federal response as "grossly insufficient."

Who’s On The Move? Check The Personnel File

... The HPC has a new pharmacy pricing official ... A veteran early education official is moving on to a health care post in Rhode Island ... Congresswoman Trahan has a new communications director ... the Boston Housing Authority has a new special advisor ... the Mass. Public Health Association has a new public policy specialist ... and National Grid has a new president of its U.S. Business ... Please enjoy the latest Personnel File ...

Senate Session Summary - Monday, April 6, 2020

The Senate on Monday sent to the Ways and Means Committee two bills that would provide relief for renters and homeowners during the COVID-19 emergency. A Senate bill (S 2621) approved by Ways and Means last Tuesday was recommitted to the same panel where it is joined by an eviction and foreclosure moratorium bill (H 4615) passed by the House last Thursday.

Mass. Gets Small Fraction of Ventilator Order

A COVID-19 testing facility for first responders opened Sunday in Foxborough after it was built in just four days, and Gov. Charlie Baker said conversations are underway about setting up similar sites in western Massachusetts and the Merrimack Valley.

Morton Hospital in Taunton Converting to COVID-19 Center

The Massachusetts health care landscape is shifting again in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Steward Health Care on Saturday began transforming Morton Hospital in Taunton into a dedicated care center for patients who test posivive for the virus.

Sexual, Domestic Violence Services Available

Citing "deep concern for those who are experiencing sexual and domestic violence," Jane Doe Inc. is encouraging everyone in Massachusetts to be aware that services remain available.

July Bar Exam Postponed

The Massachusetts bar exam scheduled for July will instead be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1, the Supreme Judicial Court and Board of Bar Examiners announced on Saturday morning.

Advances - Week of April 5, 2020

Saving lives and jobs and limiting the depths of suffering and economic collapse are among the many goals in Massachusetts and across the world amid a pandemic that has derailed life as we have known it. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are growing dramatically and no one knows how many unconfirmed cases are out there.

March Tax Collections Beat Benchmark by $83 Mil

The hit from COVID-19 on the state's finances didn't fully materialize in March, but state tax collectors acknowledged Friday that it's coming.

SJC: Pre-Trial Detainees May Seek Release Due to COVID-19

Individuals facing nonviolent criminal charges and held on bail ahead of a trial can seek release during the coronavirus outbreak, the state's high court ruled Friday, but civil rights groups were disappointed the decision did not go further.

Executive Branch Orders Expand On Pandemic Ground Rules

Daily life and the economy in Massachusetts has been shaped over the last few weeks by the executive actions Gov. Charlie Baker has taken to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and prepare the state for the coming surge of COVID-19 patients.

Sudders: Infections, Deaths Will Rise at Holyoke Soldiers' Home

The number of veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers' Home who have died since late March now stands at 21, including at least 15 who died of COVID-19, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said Friday.

New Law Offers Relief for Restaurants, Municipalities

Gov. Baker on Friday signed a bill enabling some restaurants during the ongoing state of emergency to include beer and wine sales with food takeout/delivery orders and pushing the tax-filing deadline to July 15.

Weekly Advances Preview: The Continuing State of Emergency

[Weekly Advances developing] After the weekend, Massachusetts will enter its fifth straight week under a state of emergency declared due to the coronavirus outbreak and will begin a harrowing period of time during which official models predict the long-awaited surge in cases could begin to hit hospitals.

Senate Session Summary - Thursday, April 2, 2020

After a recess-filled nine-hour session, the Senate on Thursday night pushed an important COVID-19 bill to the governor's desk. The bill as enacted includes a three-month extension for state personal income tax filings, allows licensed restaurants to sell takeout beer and wine during the current shutdown, and allows nonprofit and corporate boards of directors to meet virtually during the emergency declaration. It also makes a series of changes to give cities and towns flexibility around town meetings, tax payments and permits.

DeLeo: Pandemic, Aftershocks Loom Over Budget

House Speaker Robert DeLeo won't even hazard a guess these days as to when or how his chamber might debate an annual budget for the state, let alone a climate change bill. But almost a month into the new reality of legislating from a safe distance, the Democrat said Monday he's not giving up on everything lawmakers thought they'd be working on this spring and summer before the coronavirus upended daily life.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new statewide COVID-19 Relief Fund on Monday at Eastern Bank's headquarters in Boston's Financial District. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Data Suggests Mass. Residents Taking Orders Seriously

The data show that the measures Massachusetts has taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus -- closing schools, shutting down large chunks of the economy and asking people to limit trips outside -- could be working, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday, but those measures must continue to be adhered to as the state prepares for an expected influx of COVID-19 patients who need to be hospitalized.

House Session Summary - Monday, April 6, 2020

Aspects of the COVID-19 public health crisis are the focus of a flow of new bills addressing student loans, public higher education, food access, workers compensation, tax deadlines and public safety workers. House members on Monday sent those bills to committees for review.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh put on a mask after his press conference Sunday at City Hall. [Photo: Mayor's Office/John Wilcox]

Walsh: Everyone Wear a Mask When Leaving Home

People across Massachusetts started wearing masks in public in noticeable numbers Saturday, adjusting to the latest aspect of the new COVID-19 normal a day after new federal guidance recommended "simple cloth face coverings" in public settings.

Baker Touts Important Role of Public Workers

Private sector layoffs have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Gov. Charlie Baker has offered job reassurances to many of those working in state government - one of the state's largest employers -- and given his vote of confidence to public employees operating both remotely and "on the job."

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UMass President: Online Learning Will be Critically Important

With college students nationwide suddenly immersed in online learning, the president of the University of Massachusetts foresees remote learning playing a major role in the future of higher education, regardless of when colleges and universities tell students it's safe to return to campuses.

Positive Tests Delay Nursing Home Conversion

The state is delaying its plans to stand up a COVID-19-only center at a nursing home in Wilmington due to positive COVID-19 test results among patients there.

More than a million medical masks were unloaded from the Patriots' Boeing 767 at Logan Airport on Thursday, the fruits of a complex, back-channel humanitarian mission. [Photo: Jim Davis/Boston Globe/Pool]

Weekly Roundup - Preparing for the Surge

Things are going to get worse before they get better, that much is clear. How much worse and when is a tougher question to answer.  So it should come as no surprise that this week, like the one before it, the state was focused on preparing for both the known and unknown.

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Mass. Seeks to Lead with COVID-19 Tracing Program

Massachusetts officials will launch a large-scale contact tracing program with the help of a nonprofit health organization, aiming by the end of April to have about 1,000 people investigating and recording every instance of potential coronavirus transmission at a time when cases across the state are expected to soar into the tens of thousands.

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Commission Keeps Casinos Shuttered Until May 4

It will be at least another month before casino gambling starts back up in Massachusetts.

Revere Tightens Restrictions Near Beach

State officials have notified the city of Revere that it has 194 positive COVID-19 cases and city officials are taking steps to reduce the volume of people near Revere Beach.

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