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Baker Ties Virus Surge to Upcoming 10-Day Period » State House News Service The surge in coronavirus cases long expected by public health officials could start to hit Massachusetts between April 7 and April 17, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday, stressing the importance of takin…

Labor unions demand GE make ventilators using laid-off workers » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. faces twin demands from the labor unions that represent thousands of its workers nationwide: Bring back laid-off employees into its factories to manufacture ventilators, and bette…

In Pandemic, Veteran Rep Helps Keep House Running » State House News Service In the House, Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford) has presided over frequent informal sessions, chairing the handful of legislators who are still visiting Beacon Hill to help keep the state government runnin…

‘Jails are petri dishes’: inmates freed as the virus spreads behind bars » Boston Globe Hundreds of COVID-19 diagnoses have been confirmed at local, state, and federal correctional facilities — almost certainly an undercount given a lack of testing and the virus’s rapid spread — le…

OCPF Plans to Interview Six Finalists for Director Post » State House News Service That group decided to interview six candidates, including House counsel James Kennedy and Woburn City Clerk William Campbell, who once ran against Galvin in 2010 as a Republican. The other four finali…

Key medical equipment coming to Mass., but need — and disparities — remain » Boston Globe Baker vented last week about the hurdles the state has faced in ordering medical supplies and personal protective equipment, such as N95 respirator masks, including after the Trump administration itse…

Delayed Tax Day Forces Beacon Hill Into Emergency Budget Hole » WGBH When Massachusetts pushes back its tax filing deadline to July 15 to coincide with the new federal Tax Day, the state's coffers could face a shortfall of over $3 billion in delayed revenue. To plug th…

Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing » AP News “Any attempt to contain COVID-19 in the United States will have to address its potential spread in low-income communities of color, first and foremost to protect the lives of people in those communi…

Coronavirus: ‘What is wrong with you people?’ Springfield mayor lashes out after dozens of golfers seen at closed courses » The Republican Patrick J. Sullivan, the city’s director of parks, buildings and recreation management, said during the press conference that he had just received a report of an estimated 60 golfers playing on muni…

Virtual Conventions: Health Crisis Forces Both Parties, Particularly The Democrats, to Envision the Possibility » Sabato's Crystal Ball he Democrats have more to worry about from a canceled in-person convention, both because their convention is scheduled for several weeks earlier than the Republican confab and because Democrats need t…

“Our nation’s health care system badly needs more resources to test, diagnose, and treat COVID-19 patients,” Warren wrote. “But President Trump’s has underused, or failed to use at all, key procurement and allocation authorities available to the federal government — creating a logistical black hole in the federal COVID-19 response that has left states struggling to find key medical supplies on their own.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about the lack of medical supplies Massachusetts has requested.

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Business

Associations aim to help with local business’ recovery after pandemic » The Recorder The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is putting a stranglehold on many area businesses, and entities serving as their advocates are working on ways to get them the relief they need.…

In a time when people are relying on the news, numerous New England newspapers are resorting to layoffs. Here’s why. » Boston.com The COVID-19 pandemic has led people to turn to local news sources more than ever before over the past few weeks. But even with that, newspapers in New England, and elsewhere, are continuing to make c…

House Passes Legislation To Support Municipalities & Restaurants » Framingham Source House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Massachusetts House members passed legislation last Friday to extend the individual tax filing and payment deadline. The legislation also makes changes in order to su…

Uncertainty on status of Cape Cod gun stores during shutdown » Cape Cod Times Many Cape Cod gun stores closed, after Gov. Charlie Baker ordered nonessential businesses shut to help contain the coronavirus, while others remained open based on advisory from Department of Homeland…

Macy’s furloughing most of its 125,000 employees » Boston Globe Macy’s is furloughing most of its 125,000 employees because coronavirus-fueled store closures have caused its sales to all but disappear.…

Gannett will furlough workers at more than 100 newspapers over next three months » Boston Globe Newspaper giant Gannett will begin furloughing employees over the next three months to cut costs during the economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a memo distributed to employ…

Massachusetts considers extending non-essential business ban » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is considering extending the state’s order that non-essential businesses close their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, and plans to make an announcement tomorrow.…

Raytheon to keep same Waltham HQ after United Technologies merger » Boston Business Journal The all-stock merger of Waltham-based defense contractor Raytheon Co. and Connecticut-based industrial giant United Technologies Corp. is expected to close this week, with trading beginning on the New…

Facebook loses bid to delay turning over records in Mass. privacy probe » Reuters Facebook Inc on Monday lost a bid to avoid turning over records generated during an internal investigation that identify thousands of third-party apps the company suspected may have misused customer d…

Brooks Brothers making masks at factories in Mass., elsewhere to help in coronavirus pandemic » Boston Globe The Brooks Brothers clothing company plans to make up to 150,000 masks daily at factories in Massachusetts and other states in an effort to help front-line health workers battling the coronavirus pand…

Trump administration rules gun shops ‘essential’ amid coronavirus » Boston Globe The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are considered “essential” businesses that should remain open as other businesses are closed to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.…

Will Grocery Stores Start Running Out of Food? » Boston Magazine Supplies such as toilet paper have already vanished from shelves. Fingers crossed, it doesn’t get any worse than that.…

Boston faces pressure to make grants to struggling small businesses » Boston Globe Low-interest loans are nice, but many small businesses need grants to survive this pandemic.…

Laundromats have new rules during coronavirus outbreak » South Coast Today Many local laundromats are implementing new rules on how customers use their facilities in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.…

Raytheon’s Waltham headquarters to add employees after UT merger » Boston Globe A spokesman for Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. said fewer than 100 employees will relocate to Raytheon’s Waltham headquarters after the merger of the two companies is completed this week…

Local liquor stores see brief business boom » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker issued an emergency order March 23 requiring state businesses that do not offer “COVID-19 essential services” to close the next day.…

Indian restaurants in Dorchester, Roslindale and Cambridge shut because they can't get ingredients » Universal Hub 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 restaura…

Mass. bar exam’s delay hurts law firms, new graduates » Boston Business Journal Because of coronavirus concerns, Massachusetts court officials on Monday pushed the next bar exam from late July into the fall, a change that will hamper both law firms and law students.…

Cannabis

Four health care lessons as cannabis moves to virtual medicine » Boston Business Journal The Massachusetts cannabis market seemed to revert back to 2016 in one day, as the state decided to temporarily shutter all recreational cannabis stores during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.…

Pot advocates call for Gov. Baker to end ban on adult-use sales » Boston Herald A group of marijuana-legalization advocates, doctors and a member of the Cannabis Control Commission are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to end the ban — a move they said would bring Massachusetts int…

Recreational pot shops urge Baker to let them reopen » WCVB Recreational pot shops in Massachusetts are asking Gov. Charlie Baker to let them reopen their doors.…

Ordered to close and excluded from federal aid, marijuana entrepreneurs staring down insolvency » Boston Globe To open their businesses, Massachusetts marijuana entrepreneurs already had to navigate a long and expensive obstacle course, overcoming zoning restrictions, hostile neighbors, municipal demands, a pl…

Education

MIAA keeps hope alive with vote to move spring season » Lynn Daily News Item The MIAA gave hope to all participants in spring sports on Monday, voting unanimously to change the dates of the spring season to take place from May 4 to June 27 due to the effects of the coronavirus…

'We Knew The Inevitable': Why Mass. School Leaders Had To Close Schools On Their Own » New England Public Radio At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, senior school leaders in Framingham were chatting and getting coffee in a conference room. It was a rare mandatory meeting at their main office. They expected to g…

Colleges brace for fall enrollment drop as coronavirus hits wallets » Boston Business Journal College acceptance letters have arrived in mailboxes and high school seniors are now deciding where to attend in the fall. But the coronavirus pandemic has complicated matters.…

Environment

EPA gives power plants, regulated entities pollution compliance flexibility, citing COVID-19 concerns » Utility Dive The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency modified their its enforcement policies on Thursday to give power plants and other EPA-regulated entities more leeway on pollution control measures, citing pot…

Federal

A president unfit for a pandemic » Boston Globe Much of the suffering and death coming was preventable. The president has blood on his hands.…

Mass. Pols Riled by Interior’s Tribal Land Decision » State House News Service Federal lawmakers are pledging to fight back against the Trump administration's decision late last week to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's reservation and remove its land in trust status.…

Trump hasn’t shown ‘human understanding’ of suffering caused by coronavirus crisis, Warren says » Boston Globe Senator Elizabeth Warren sharply criticized President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying Monday that he’s shown a lack of competence and values that’s harming the American peop…

Trump approves disaster declaration for Massachusetts » The Salem News The Trump administration has approved a major disaster declaration for Massachusetts, unlocking crucial federal funding needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as it spreads across the state.…

Here’s how to deal with Social Security and Medicare amid the coronavirus crisis » Boston Globe With Social Security offices closed nationwide and more than 60,000 workers sidelined, this can he a stressful time for older folks who need to apply for Social Security and Medicare benefits.…

Health Care

Local biotech helps Beth Israel's little lab ramp up COVID-19 testing » Boston Business Journal In any given year, the small two-person laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center processes about 1,500 flu tests total. Thanks to some good luck and a partnership with a Watertown biotech, t…

Local physicians form group to advocate on COVID-19 » Boston Globe A group of Massachusetts physicians who are alarmed about the spread of COVID-19 have formed an advocacy group to push for safety measures for patients and providers.…

State hunting for 1,000 nursing home beds to treat recovering coronavirus patients » Boston Globe State officials Monday were scrambling to find about 1,000 skilled nursing beds for recovering COVID-19 patients across Massachusetts, raising the possibility of relocating hundreds of nursing home re…

Hospitals preparing for coronavirus surge in Massachusetts » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker says the number of COVID-19 cases in the state is projected to spike between April 7 and April 17.…

Baystate Health requesting blood donations during coronavirus pandemic » Western Mass News Calls are out across the country and here in Massachusetts for blood donations during the coronavirus pandemic.…

The surge is coming » Commonwealth Magazine Feds come through with 1,000 ventilators…

Gov. Baker, Wife Donate Blood At American Red Cross, Urge Others To Do The Same » CBS Boston Gov. Charlie Baker and his wife donated blood at the American Red Cross in Dedham Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic.…

Number of health care workers with coronavirus soars at Boston hospitals » Boston Herald Hundreds of front-line Boston-area hospital workers have tested positive for coronavirus, with the number of reported cases skyrocketing in just a week.…

11 die at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home amid COVID-19 outbreak » Commonwealth Magazine BENNETT WALSH, the superintendent of the state-run Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday, after 11 residents died at the home amid an outbreak of COVID-19.…

11 Veterans Dead After Coronavirus Outbreak At Soldiers' Home In Holyoke » New England Public Radio Eleven veteran residents have died during a coronavirus outbreak at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, state health officials confirmed in an email Monday. Eleven other residents and five employees have con…

With No Proven Drug Therapies For COVID-19, Here's What Boston Hospitals Are Trying » WBUR According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently no FDA-approved drugs for treating patients with COVID-19. There are, however, drugs approved to treat other diseases t…

Fearing Shortage, Teams Scramble To Design A Simple Ventilator (But Don't Try This At Home) » WBUR In his home basement, Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Greg Fischer is tinkering with a contraption to help keep coronavirus patients alive if the supply of high-tech ventilators runs low.…

Spaulding Hospital In Cambridge Opens A Dedicated COVID-19 Recovery Unit » WBUR Joanne Fucile, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge’s director of nursing walks along a corridor in the hospital’s fourth floor. Over a video call, she points at plastic cabinets filled with protective ge…

Housing

Boston coronavirus rent assistance proposed » Boston Herald A city councilor is calling for the city to shift Community Preservation Act money over to direct rent assistance as the coronavirus pandemic deepens and the council mulls a resolution over temporaril…

Somerville’s local, state leaders support rent freeze » Wicked Local Somerville With so many Somerville residents without a paycheck, local leaders are calling for action on rent assistance.…

Insurance

Insurers worry virus-linked costs may reach $383 billion a month » Boston Globe The battle over business-interruption losses is heating up. Legislators in at least three states — Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Ohio — have proposed bills to require that insurers pay out for ce…

Judiciary

Judge asks for list of ICE detainees for potential release » Commonwealth Magazine A FEDERAL JUDGE stopped short of ordering the release of federal immigration detainees being held in the Bristol County House of Correction, but he urged officials not to send new detainees there in …

SJC rules against district court judge in indigent defense case » Commonwealth Magazine THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT ruled that a Springfield judge overstepped his authority in ordering the overburdened local public defenders’ office to take on more cases than the office said it could ha…

Mass. bar exam for law school grads postponed amid coronavirus pandemic » Boston Globe The Massachusetts bar exam for newly minted law school graduates will be postponed from July to the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the state Supreme Judicial Court and Board of Bar E…

Mass. Bar Exam Postponed Due To Coronavirus » WBUR The Massachusetts bar examination will be postponed from late July until the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Judicial Court and the Board of Bar Examiners announced in a joint statem…

Labor

Gov. Baker: Don't Apply For CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Yet » CBS Boston Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts needs guidance on how to distribute the new federal unemployment benefits.…

Unemployment Claims Surge Nationwide, Testing State Systems » GovTech States have never seen the volume of unemployment insurance claims that they have received in recent days. Although some online systems are doing better than others, states urge citizens to utilize vi…

Many unemployed still stymied by glitches in state benefits system » WCVB Frustrations are mounting for many jobless people who try to put in unemployment claims online, are locked out of their account and cannot get a call back from the state Department of Unemployment Ass…

With shared stations and sick co-workers, employees at GE’s Lynn plant fear for their health » Boston Globe The second-shift workers at the General Electric plant in Lynn were already on high alert when they reported to work Friday afternoon.…

Legislative

Coronavirus Forces Legislators to Keep Their Distance » Governing Nearly half the nation's legislatures have adjourned or canceled sessions. Where they're still meeting, lawmakers are improvising to keep a safe distance from one another.…

Local Government

Island construction ban is back on » Martha's Vineyard Times The Island’s construction ban is back on after representatives from Gov. Charlie Baker’s office conceded that Island boards of health have the authority to ban construction if warranted by local c…

Politics

Democrats Cancel Election-Year Convention in Lowell » State House News Service Two months before thousands of Democrats were due to gather in Lowell for an election-year nominating convention, the head of the state Democratic Party said Monday night he would move to cancel the c…

Candidates start to line up for North Attleboro rep seat » The Sun Chronicle There hasn’t been a serious contest for the local state representative seat in almost a generation. That’s about to change.…

How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots » Boston Globe As the coronavirus pandemic knocks primary election after primary election off schedule, Democrats argue the outbreak shows the country needs to move toward one of their longtime goals — widespread …

Public Health

Mass. coronavirus peak likely in mid-April, some epidemiologists predict » Boston Globe New forecasts for the spread of coronavirus predict that stress on Massachusetts hospitals will peak around April 14, and that by summer the deadly virus will have taken nearly 1,800 lives in the stat…

Those with disabilities have a right to survive the coronavirus pandemic » Boston Globe The existence of draconian laws that call for medical rationing during a public health emergency make it clear that I will certainly be left to die if our hospitals reach capacity.…

Stay-at-home order, social distancing guidelines may be extended » WCVB Gov. Charlie Baker is expected Tuesday to extend the stay-at-home advisory and closure of nonessential businesses.…

Cape fear over coronavirus crisis tourists » Boston Herald Barnstable County — with a median age of 52.9 years old — has the oldest population in Massachusetts. There’s a petition being circulated to close the Bourne and Sagamore bridges to help protect…

Boston Coronavirus News: Suffolk Dorm to Shelter the Homeless, the DPH Commissioner Tests Positive, and Basketball Is Canceled » Boston Magazine As the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to climb at an alarming rate, it’s critical that there be enough beds for patients who cannot treat themselves at home.…

11 die at Holyoke veterans hospital; at least 5 from coronavirus » Boston Globe Eleven veterans at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke have died this month, with at least five of the deaths due to the coronavirus, according to a state official.…

US and J&J commit $1b to coronavirus vaccine codeveloped by Beth Israel » Boston Globe The federal government and Johnson & Johnson said Monday that they are investing more than $1 billion in a potential vaccine against the coronavirus, a big bet on a substance developed partly by a lab…

COVID-19 outbreak at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke » Gazette Net A COVID-19 outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke has resulted in several resident deaths while nearly a dozen other veterans and five staff members have tested positive for the disease, accordin…

11 veterans dead, 5 from coronavirus, at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke » Boston Herald Eleven veterans at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke died this month, at least five of whom were killed by the coronavirus, state officials announced on Monday night.…

Charlie Baker preps for ‘surge’ in Massachusetts coronavirus cases » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is bracing for a surge in coronavirus cases come mid-April and is bolstering the state’s health care and emergency response.…

Coronavirus treatments: $1 billion invested in vaccine linked to Beth Israel in Boston » Boston Herald Drug companies around the world are racing to find a coronavirus treatment — with one company investing big in a vaccine — as case counts continue to rise and hospitals become overwhelmed.…

Baker to out-of-staters: 'Do not travel to our communities' » South Coast Today With one of the nation’s hottest coronavirus zones just 200 miles south on Interstate 95 in New York City, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday urged people who are thinking about traveling to Massachusetts…

Massachusetts coronavirus numbers: 56 deaths, more than 5,000 cases » Boston Herald Eight new coronavirus deaths were reported in Massachusetts on Monday, along with 797 new cases of the virus. The eight new deaths bring the state total to 56 coronavirus deaths, the state Department …

Berkshire County a COVID-19 hotspot » Commonwealth Magazine DEATHS FROM COVID-19 are occurring in Berkshire County at a much higher rate than other counties in Massachusetts and most communities around the country.…

Coronavirus Updates For Western New England: Mass. Governor Expects Surge Of Cases In Next Few Weeks » New England Public Radio The surge in coronavirus cases long expected by public health officials could start to hit Massachusetts between April 7 and April 17, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday, stressing the importance of takin…

We asked the people of Mass. what word comes to mind when they think of the coronavirus outbreak » Boston Globe Suffolk University and the Boston Globe polled 500 Massachusetts residents last week about the coronavirus outbreak. We asked one open-ended question: When you think about the coronavirus outbreak, wh…

State needs volunteers, donations of medical supplies » Gloucester Times Frustrated by a critical shortage of manpower and equipment to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, the state is soliciting donations of masks, gloves and other protective equipment and putting out a call for…

State Quarantine and Isolation Statutes » NCSL Public health quarantine and isolation are legal authorities that may be, but rarely are, implemented to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Ill people may be isolated to protect the public b…

Baker extends business closures, stay-at-home advisory to May 4 » Boston Globe With the coronavirus pandemic still on the rise in the state, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is extending his order to close non-essential businesses and his stay-at-home advisory to May 4.…

Holyoke death toll rises to 13, as mayor accuses suspended Soldiers’ Home director of concealing deaths » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker is extending his order to close non-essential businesses and his stay-at-home advisory to May 4 in response to the coronavirus crisis.…

COVID-19 Strikes Inside Holyoke Home for Veterans » State House News Service The state-run Holyoke Soldiers' Home is under the control of a new leader and a clinical command team as an outbreak of the coronavirus strikes and the facility deals with the deaths of 11 residents.…

Public Safety

Morse: Incarcerated workers deserve a better wage especially for lifesaving work » Gazette Net Mayor Alex Morse believes incarcerated workers should be paid more, especially when they are performing lifesaving work such as making masks and gowns in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandem…

Sheriffs, DAs join to oppose release of inmates before SJC » Boston Herald Local law enforcement entities are uniting in opposition to the suggested release of inmates amid the coronavirus crisis, arguing against the proposals by criminal defense groups who claim the virus w…

Mass. High Court To Hear Proposal To Release Prisoners To Stop COVID-19 Spread » CBS Boston In a telephone hearing Tuesday at 10 AM, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments on a proposal to release some prisoners to avoid overcrowding and encourage social distancing in M…

19 Boston police officers, 3 civilian employees test positive for coronavirus » Boston Globe Nineteen Boston police officers and three civilian employees of the department have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a department spokesman said Monday.…

State Finance

Tufts Center: Tax Decline Sets up Tough Budget Math » State House News Service A policy research group is warning state lawmakers to prepare for a "dramatic collapse" in state revenue, estimating a tax revenue shortfall of $1.8 billion to $3 billion over the next 15 months.…

State revenue shortfall could reach $3 billion » Commonwealth Magazine MASSACHUSETTS IS FACING a revenue shortfall of up to $3 billion over the next 15 months, according to a new analysis by the Center for State Policy Analysis. Of that, between $500 million and $750 mil…

Transportation

Cape Codders petition: ‘Close the bridges’ » Boston Herald Cape Cod’s year-round residents, alarmed by an influx of out-of-state license plates amid the coronavirus outbreak, petitioning for the shutdown of the Bourne and Sagamore bridges — to keep out va…

T ridership keeps falling as staff infections rise » Commonwealth Magazine 18 employees, including 10 bus drivers, test positive…

18 MBTA employees, including 12 drivers, test positive for coronavirus » Boston Herald Eighteen MBTA employees have tested positive for coronavirus, including 10 bus drivers and two train conductors.…

WRTA bus drivers picket to limit doors riders can use » Worcester Telegram Drivers for the Worcester Regional Transit Authority picketed in front of the bus hub Monday morning to call attention to health and safety concerns.…

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