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A medical worker screens people arriving at a special COVID-19 testing site in Boston, Saturday, March 28, 2020. The drive-thru testing site is only open to qualified first responders who meet the state criteria for testing. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Massachusetts' cases jump by more than 1,000

Mar. 28, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A look at developments related to the new coronavirus around New England: MASSACHUSETTS The number of cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts jumped by more than 1,000 to a total of 4,257, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Saturday. The state also had nine more deaths...

A woman wearing a surgical mask and gloves during the coronavirus outbreak walks past a mural in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Visitors told to quarantine; health commish tests positive

Mar. 27, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — All visitors arriving in Massachusetts are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as the state tightens its efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. The Republican governor said travelers coming into Massachusetts through the state’s airports...

A woman is reflected in a window of a building along the waterfront in the Seaport District of Boston, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Many people are working from home while many businesses have closed indefinitely because of the coronavirus, leaving portions of the city nearly empty. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Number of COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts jumps to 25

Mar. 26, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19 jumped by 10 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 25 since the start of the outbreak. One of those who died was a man in his 50's with preexisting conditions. The others were in their 70s or 80s except for one man in his...

Pedestrian traffic is light outside Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Saturday, March, 14, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Gov. Baker extends school closures through end of April

Mar. 25, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is ordering schools and non-emergency child care programs in Massachusetts to remain closed through the end of April as the state works to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Baker had earlier ordered schools to close through April 6, but said the extended closure until May...

A hat rests on a mannequin in a store window, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Boston. Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all nonessential businesses to close by Tuesday afternoon March 24, and remain closed until at least April 7 in an effort to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Number of COVID-19 deaths rises to 11 in Massachusetts

Mar. 24, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, increased to 11 on Tuesday. Public health officials said the number of residents who have so far tested positive for the disease jumped to 1,159 as the state ramped up its testing...

A billboard on the Paramount Theatre offers support to passers-by to observe social distancing, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Boston. Social distancing is observed by keeping a distance from others out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Baker orders nonessential businesses closed; 4 more deaths

Mar. 23, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all nonessential businesses to close by Tuesday afternoon and remain closed until at least April 7 in an effort to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus. The Republican governor also said Monday the state Department of Health has issued a...

Passers-by walk near an empty storefront along Newbury St., ordinarily a busy shopping area in Boston, Sunday, March 22, 2020. Many business in the city have closed their doors until further notice out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Massachusetts reports 3 virus deaths, bringing total to 5

Mar. 22, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials reported three new deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the state's total to five. State health officials say two men in their 70s, from Hampden and Berkshire counties, and a man in his 90s from Suffolk County died of illness related to COVID-19. All...

Unable to work out at her gym since it closed due to coronavirus, a woman exercises in a quiet corner at the entrance to City Hall, Saturday, March 21, 2020, in Boston. For some people the COVID-19 coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it causes severe illness. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Massachusetts has 2nd virus-related death, preps day cares

Mar. 21, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts reported its second virus-related death Saturday night as the state prepared to open hundreds of day care sites for the children of medical professionals, emergency workers and others who are expected to keep working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second person in...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, a traveler uses hand sanitizer from a dispenser at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. The Associated Press has found that the critical shortage of testing swabs, protective masks, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer can be tied to a sudden drop in imports of medical supplies. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Imports of medical supplies plummet as demand in US soars

Mar. 21, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

The critical shortage of medical supplies across the U.S., including testing swabs, protective masks, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer, can be tied to a sudden drop in imports, mostly from China, The Associated Press has found. Trade data shows the decline in shipments started in mid-February after the spiraling...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Mar. 20, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT In coronavirus crisis, there are no haves and have-nots Stamford Advocate March 20 We must do better. A person’s soul can be defined by how they respond to others in crisis. Dueling impulses of empathy and selfishness are at a crossroads in 2020....