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While wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, Taryne Meade, of Douglas, Mass., photographs her son Liam during a tour of the U.S.S. Constitution, the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Boston. The ship, which is also known as

Baker revisits reopening; 18 new COVID-19 deaths reported

Aug. 7, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is cracking down on larger gatherings, bars “masquerading” as restaurants and other events that could help spread the coronavirus as public health officials work to tamp down an uptick in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. Baker also said he is...

The Mayflower II sails through the waters of Fishers Island Sound off Groton, Conn., Tuesday, July 28, 2020, on the seventh day of two weeks of sea trials. The vessel, a replica of the original Mayflower that carried the Pilgrims to America in 1620, left Mystic Seaport Museum last week after a three-year, $11.2 million restoration by the workers at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. The 400th anniversary festivities scheduled for Boston and Cape Cod this spring and summer were all postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

32 new COVID-19 deaths; Mayflower II nixes Rhode Island stop

Aug. 6, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts reported 32 newly confirmed deaths linked to COVID-19 on Thursday — bringing the total number of confirmed and probable deaths to 8,691 since the start of the pandemic. It's the most deaths reported on a single day in a month. There were just two confirmed deaths reported...

COVID-19 cases ticking up; RI visitors face quarantine order

Aug. 4, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 cases has ticked up in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, the state reported 438 newly confirmed cases and 108 new probable cases, for a total of more than 540 confirmed and probable cases. That brings the total number of confirmed and probable cases to more than 119,000 in...

Massachusetts town seeks faster tests, VA gets PPE on flight

Aug. 1, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

A look at COVID-19 news from around Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut: ___ MASSACHUSETTS Health officials in Provincetown are asking the state to make it possible to get results for tests for the coronavirus within 48 hours as a way to help contain its spread. The...

A customer at Answer is Fitness gym, who asked that his name not be used, works out on a piece of exercise equipment, Monday, July 6, 2020, at the gym, in Canton, Mass. Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, and museums are among the businesses allowed to reopen in the state on Monday, under the third phase of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's coronavirus economic recovery plan. The rules don't apply to Boston, which is to move into phase three on July 13. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Hard-hit Massachusetts worries COVID-19 respite is fleeting

Jul. 31, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

A house party attended by restaurant workers in a picturesque beach town in Massachusetts has led to more than a dozen new coronavirus infections. On the western side of the state, a Springfield hospital is dealing with an outbreak of at least 40 cases traced to a hospital staffer who recently returned from an...

Governor threatens to limit party sizes as virus cases rise

Jul. 31, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is warning Massachusetts residents that he’ll slash the number of people allowed to gather in house parties, backyard barbecues and other private social gatherings if virus cases continue to trend upward. The state is investigating at least eight new clusters of the...

A passers-by, right, walks past a storefront window, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Pfizer executive targets end of year for COVID-19 vaccine

Jul. 30, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An executive at a Massachusetts facility helping create a potential vaccine for the coronavirus said Thursday that the company hopes to have the treatment ready by the end of the year. “We have the potential, subject to technical success and regulatory authorization, to manufacture up...

Massachusetts House votes to extend legislative session

Jul. 29, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House on Wednesday made the rare move of passing an order to suspend the Legislature's own rules and extend the legislative session scheduled to end Friday through January. The move was made as several major bills are still being debated, including police accountability...

Resident of soldiers' home tests positive for coronavirus

Jul. 28, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A resident of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the veterans' care facility to quarantine some residents, close communal spaces and suspend visits, Massachusetts officials said Tuesday. The state-run facility had one of the deadliest outbreaks at a...

Free virus testing program expanding to 8 more communities

Jul. 27, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is expanding its free coronavirus testing program to eight additional communities where positive test rates are above the statewide average at the same time the number of tests being conducted is dropping, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. The testing initiative, which is also...