At his daily press conference today, Gov. Baker said he will announce a decision on whether to order public schools shut for the remainder of the school year "shortly."
Baker said that to date, local school officials he's talked to would, "if we had a magic wand, which we don't," prefer to have kids come back to school before the end of the school year, both to have them take tests to help determine their placement and classes for school in the fall and to get everybody settled and talk about what's going on and what will happen.
But he acknowledged that Covid-19 might make that impossible, depending on how things continue to progress with it - and that he realizes he's going to have to make a decision soon.
Walsh added that, so far, the build up of the state's hospital system, which has included adding beds at both existing hospitals and at temporary field hospitals, has worked. Even with a continued surge in both people testing positive and people needing hospitalization, overall, the state's hospitals continue to have spare beds.
He said a key factor in planning the extra capacity was to ensure that people with heart attacks, strokes and other non-Covid problems could continue to get care.
Baker also said he hopes that if the federal government enacts another stimulus program, that part of it includes a major increase in funding for the FDA and the CDC, because both are critical for both ramping up testing and coordinating work on possible vaccines and medications to fight the virus.
Baker also announced that while his daughter is a Whole Foods shopper, he's more of a Stop & Shop shopper. Exactly why he declared this wasn't clear, it may have had something to do with the issue of supermarket workers getting sick and dying, but it was in response to a reporter's question and, unlike Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Baker never repeats reporters' questions for people who might be watching online. His response to another reporter's question that was inaudible on the broadcast was, in its entirety: "We've discussed that, yeah."