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Latest DPH Figures Show 10,402 Cases, 192 Deaths In Mass.; All State Prisons On Lockdown After Third Inmate Death

A message left on a street signpost by the Melrose Wakefield Hospital with #HeartsForHealthcareWorkers, says "Thank you." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A message left on a street signpost by the Melrose Wakefield Hospital with #HeartsForHealthcareWorkers, says "Thank you." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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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.

Why Charlie Baker Thinks 'Contact Tracing' Cases May Help Mass. Slow — Or Stop — COVID-19

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Chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, Dr. Paul Farmer, joins Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to give an update to cases of coronavirus in the state. (Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, Dr. Paul Farmer, joins Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to give an update to cases of coronavirus in the state. (Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

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.

Mass. High Court Rules Some Prisoners Will Be Eligible For Release Due To COVID-19

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John Adams Courthouse, home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
John Adams Courthouse, home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

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.

New Law Allows Takeout Beer And Wine, Offers Relief For Municipalities

Five-minute food pickup areas have been designated throughout Boston. This one outside the Laughing Monk Cafe and Penguin on Huntington Avenue. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Five-minute food pickup areas have been designated throughout Boston. This one outside the Laughing Monk Cafe and Penguin on Huntington Avenue. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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.

Preparing For COVID-19 'Surge,' Mass. Hospitals Are Losing $1 Billion A Month, Says Hospital Association

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The COVID-19 drive-through testing station at Lawrence General Hospital. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The COVID-19 drive-through testing station at Lawrence General Hospital. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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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