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24 more people have died in Massachusetts due to the coronavirus, bringing the state's death toll to 216, according to figures from the state Department of Public Health out Saturday. There were 1,334 new confirmed cases reported, raising that total to 11,736; 1,068 of those patients were hospitalized. Nearly 69,000 people have now been tested, according to state health officials. (See our charts and map for a more detailed breakdown.)
All Mass. prisons are under lockdown after a third prisoner in the state died from coronavirus on Saturday, the state Department of Correction announced. The lockdown comes a day after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that some prisoners can be released from state jails and prisons in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
In his daily briefing Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new initiative with Boston-based Partners in Health to start an ambitious effort to "get out ahead" of COVID-19 by tracing anyone who is at risk for contracting the disease.
If you’ve had contact with someone infected with the coronavirus — whether you know it or not — expect a phone call. Massachusetts is launching what Gov. Charlie Baker called the only U.S. effort to reach everyone who is at risk and get them tested, quarantined and into isolation, if needed.
The goal is to stop, not just slow, the spread of the virus that has killed at least 192 Massachusetts residents so far.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that some prisoners can be released from state jails and prisons in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The 45-page ruling says pre-trial detainees not charged with certain violent offenses and those held on technical probation and parole violations are eligible for hearings to determine if they can be released. The ruling does not affect those who have been sentenced.
The Mass. Department of Correction announced that all state prisons are now in lockdown after a third prisoner died of coronavirus on Saturday.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services gave an update Saturday on the deadly coronavirus outbreaks at Soldiers' Homes in Holyoke and Chelsea. Both are state-run, long-term nursing facilities for elderly veterans.
Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill on Friday enabling some restaurants during the ongoing state of emergency to include beer and wine sales with food takeout and delivery orders and pushing the tax-filing deadline to July 15.
Plans to transfer radioactive spent fuel at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to steel-lined dry casks will go on as scheduled despite the coronavirus pandemic, the company decommissioning the now-closed plant said.
Pilgrim permanently shut down last May and was subsequently sold by Entergy Corp. to Holtec International for decommissioning.
Hospitals have been preparing for a surge in illnesses and deaths from COVID-19.
In Massachusetts, state leaders now say the surge is expected to hit between April 10 and April 20.
Friday, hospitals started to receive much-needed supplies of N95 protective masks the state purchased from China and flew in Thursday with the help of the owners of the Patriots and their team jet.
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