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By adamg - 8/7/20 - 2:03 pm

COVID-19 Update: August 7, 2020

WBUR reports Gov. Baker today announced a reduction in the maximum size of gatherings from 100 to 50, a and a halt in further reopening efforts due to a recent upsurge in Massachusetts Covid-19 cases. He also authorized state and local police to start fining people who flout the rules

By adamg - 8/6/20 - 8:34 pm

UMass Amherst alerted students and parents today that due to "the worsening conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally," the school will only let students return who have no choice but to take classes in laboratories and studios or who need to be in face-to-face interactions with professors. Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/20 - 9:06 am

WBZ reports the Mayflower II was scheduled to dock in Newport, RI on its way back from renovation work in Mystic, CT, but decided to skip the Ocean State because of Gov. Baker's decision to add it to the list of states whose residents and visitors have to quarantine for 14 days if they come into Massachusetts.

By adamg - 8/5/20 - 11:20 pm

Emerson College says it wants to rent nine of the currently shuttered W Hotel's eleven floors as part of its Covid-19 "de-densification" plans. Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/20 - 10:42 am

Boston University advised faculty and staff today it's taking a number of steps to reduce the odds of any airborne Covid-19 infecting people who have to spend time in its buildings - including dorms - as the school re-opens. Read more.

By adamg - 8/5/20 - 9:25 am

The Washington Post reports seven states, including Massachusetts, have formed a consortium to buy large numbers of Covid-19 tests that can show whether somebody has the virus in as little as 15 minutes. Under the plan, developed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan - another Republican in a Democratic state - we'd get 500,000 of the test kits, which could help public-health officials begin contact tracing far faster than waiting for results to come back from overwhelmed labs.

By adamg - 8/4/20 - 8:35 pm

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says that effective Friday, Rhode Islanders coming into Massachusetts will either have to quarantine for 14 days or show proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours before their arrival here. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/20 - 4:35 pm

Somerville city and school officials told parents today that schools just won't be ready to instruct students safely come September and so the new school year will start entirely with remote instruction. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/20 - 2:12 pm

City Councilor Kenzie Bok, who represents the normally student-heavy Fenway and Mission Hill, is urging the city's two largest universities to reverse course and not let any students come to Boston for at least the fall semester - saying the greatest potential risk to Boston is "the sheer influx" of people from out of state, many from places with far higher Covid-19 rates. Read more.

By adamg - 8/4/20 - 11:36 am

A committee of Massachusetts judgets has published a series of recommendations for how to re-start jury trials in Massachusetts that would balance the right to public trials with the need to reduce the risk of jurors, defendants, lawyers, court officers and judges not to contract a potentially fatal virus. Read more.

By adamg - 8/3/20 - 8:57 pm

Greg Cook reports on the Covid-19-related layoffs and early retirements at the museum.

By adamg - 8/3/20 - 11:33 am
Massachusetts positive test rate now at 2.2%

Positivity rate at 2.2%, first time since June 16.

Yesterday's state Covid-19 report showed that 2.2% of people taking a Covid-19 test got positive results on Aug. 1 - a rate we haven't seen since June 16, when we were still coming down from the really high numbers of April and May.

By adamg - 8/3/20 - 11:20 am

Both literally and figuratively, writes Daniel Lanergan of Lord Hobo in Cambridge. Lanergan says all those outdoor patios aren't going to mean much once the temperatures go down. And in his case, he doesn't have a patio and he's used up his PPP loan paying creditors, and now his workers aren't getting that $600 weekly pandemic unemployment money anymore. Read more.

By adamg - 8/2/20 - 12:07 pm

Northeastern University has told the BPDA it has increased the number of rooms it wants to rent to house students and the staffers who would oversee them at the Westin Copley Place from roughly 575 to as many as 875 - which would mean up to 19 floors in the hotel being set aside for Northeastern. Read more.

By adamg - 8/1/20 - 10:41 pm

Eduardo Rodriguez won't pitch again in 2020 because of the heart inflammation caused by his Covid-19 infection, ESPN reports.

By adamg - 8/1/20 - 10:28 am
Welcome to Maskachusetts

Roy G. Biv has a suggestion for the governor's new Mask it or casket campaign.

By adamg - 7/31/20 - 3:17 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 7/31/20

Mayor Walsh and School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said today they are continuing to look at a "hybrid" school re-opening, in which students would split days between in-school and at-home learning, but that parents will have the chance to opt out completely and stick with remote learning over Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/20 - 11:13 am
Museum of Science T. rex wearing a mask

Matt Frank asks that you cover your face for the seniors among us:

Not wearing a mask yet? Do it for our T Rex friend, he has survived multiple extinctions and a major @museumofscience renovation but is high risk due to age and working outside with the public...

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