MassLive reports that Gov. Charlie Baker this afternoon declared a state of emergency because of Covid-19 - with state health officials reporting the state now has 92 confirmed cases.
Declaring a state of emergency gives the governor and state officials more authority in dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, such as quickly buying supplies or hiring new personnel without dealing with normal governmental procedure. The governor can also deploy the National Guard if needed to deal with the state’s response to the virus.
According to the latest state figures, Middlesex County now has 40 cases, Suffolk County 20, Norfolk County 22, Essex and Worcester counties 1 each and Berkshire County 7.
The state says that of the 92 reported cases, 70 are related to a meeting of 175 Biogen employees at the Marriott Long Wharf the last week of February.
The Boston Marathon is still on at this moment, but Baker says he expects a decision to be made soon.