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Cars line up with people seeking COVID-19 tests, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Lowell, Mass. The City of Lowell, the state and CVS Health have teamed up to open Massachusetts' first free, rapid COVID-19 drive-up testing site that will be able to test up to 1,000 people per day and provide results in about 15 minutes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

No coronavirus samples, just coffee, spill in traffic crash

Apr. 7, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A car carrying samples to be tested for the coronavirus crashed Tuesday near the Massachusetts and Rhode Island border, but liquid found at the scene turned out to be coffee, not the samples themselves, state police said. Responders were initially concerned the samples may have spilled when...

Air Force veteran Willie Williams, 63, left, chats with Army veteran Vincent Whittemore outside the Soldiers' Home, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said Sunday the federal Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the assistance at the Chelsea Soldier's Home and the Holyoke Soldiers' Home that have been hard-hit in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Federal officials delivering help to 2 private nursing homes

Apr. 6, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal officials are delivering help to two private nursing homes in Massachusetts. The federal Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the assistance, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said Sunday at a White House briefing. A spokeswoman for the department said Monday...

Police: Driver killed in rollover crash

Apr. 6, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A woman has died in a rollover crash in Lawrence, according to Massachusetts State Police. The accident happened at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday on I-495. State police say a 2007 Honda CRV veered off the highway, returned to the travel lanes and rolled over. The driver, Shamara Castillo,...

People wait to enter a supermarket that is limiting the number of customers at any one time, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. 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)

Gov. unveils tracing program; court rules on inmate release

Apr. 3, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new contact tracing program Friday that he said will help the state limit the further spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The program will focus on alerting individuals who may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 so they can...

Palettes of N95 respirator masks are off-loaded from the New England Patriots football team's customized Boeing 767 jet on the tarmac, Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Logan Airport in Boston, after returning from China. The Kraft family deployed the Patriots team plane to China to fetch more than one million masks for use by front-line health care workers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Patriots plane ferries critical masks from China to US

Apr. 2, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots private team plane returned to Boston from China on Thursday on a rainy afternoon carrying most of an order of 1 million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Standing in front of the plane on the tarmac at Logan...

Palettes of N95 respirator masks are off-loaded from the New England Patriots football team's customized Boeing 767 jet on the tarmac, Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Logan Airport in Boston, after returning from China. The Kraft family deployed the Patriots team plane to China to fetch more than one million masks for use by front-line health care workers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Patriots use team plane to help Mass., fly N95 in from China

Apr. 2, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the coronavirus pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. The team’s private plane landed in Boston from China on Thursday evening carrying more than a million masks critical to health...

Dr. Sherry Yu demonstrates a free-standing booth for COVID-19 testing, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. The isolation booths were created by a collaboration of the hospital's clinical leaders and engineering team, inspired by a South Korean research design. The booths separate clinicians from patients, protect front line providers, and reduce the need for personal protective equipment. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

2nd Massachusetts veterans home reports COVID-19 deaths

Apr. 1, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two residents of another veterans care center in Massachusetts have died of COVID-19, officials said Wednesday. The confirmation of the deaths at the Chelsea Soldiers' Home come as state officials reported the deaths of 15 residents, at least six of which are coronavirus-related, at the...

This May 2018 file photo shows an aerial view of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass. The superintendent of the veteran's home was removed from his duties Monday, March 30, 2020 after several residents died, including some who had tested positive for COVID-19 and others whose results are pending. 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. (Patrick Johnson/The Republican via AP)

Authorities now say 13 soldiers' home residents have died

Mar. 31, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of residents of a Massachusetts veterans home who have recently died is now 13, and six of those tested positive for the coronavirus, state authorities said Tuesday. Test results for five other Holyoke Soldiers' Home residents who have died are pending, one tested negative and the...

A highway sign urges out of state visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days if they plan on staying in Massachusetts due to the virus outbreak along Route 93 southbound in Wilmington, Mass., Monday, March 30, 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/Charles Krupa)

Governor 'heartbroken' after 11 residents die at vets home

Mar. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The superintendent of a Massachusetts veteran's home was removed from his duties Monday after 11 residents died, including at least five who had tested positive for coronavirus and another five whose results are pending. Bennett Walsh was placed on paid administrative leave following the...

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...