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BOSTON – A veteran who lived at the Chelsea Soldiers' Home has died after becoming infected with the coronavirus, and at least one more resident and at least two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, state officials said Wednesday morning.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is extending a shutdown of nonessential businesses and a stay-at-home advisory until May 4 as the state braces for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases.

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With New Hampshire public beaches closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, officials in Newburyport and Newbury are coordinating efforts to ensure people do not flock to Plum Island beaches.

NEWBURYPORT – Mayor Donna Holaday reported the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the city had risen to 13 as of Tuesday afternoon. The people who most recently tested positive, as well as their families, are in quarantine, she said.

BOSTON — Police, firefighters, nurses and other first responders shouldn’t have to dip into their work benefits if they get COVID-19 or come into contact with the coronavirus, according to some lawmakers who want more protections for those on the front lines of the pandemic.

BOSTON — State education officials aren’t planning to extend the school year into the summer months to make up days lost to the COVID-19 outbreak, but they won’t stop districts from going longer.

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BYFIELD — After hearing about the shortage of personal protective equipment at area hospitals, two Triton Regional High School teachers brought their classroom 3-D printers home and went to work, crafting respirator masks and shipping them off to health care professionals.

BOSTON – Lawmakers in the House and Senate continued negotiating details of a House bill passed last week that would give communities more flexibility in completing town meeting business and finalizing a budget during a declared state of emergency.

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NEWBURYPORT – Mayor Donna Holaday reported the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 had risen to 13 in Newburyport as of Tuesday afternoon. The individuals who most recently tested positive, as well as their families, are currently in quarantine, she said.

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MARCH 31 -- Gov. Charlie Baker may amend or update a week-old executive order on Tuesday that originally required all non-essential businesses to close through April 7 as the state prepares for at least several more weeks of the new normal during the coronavirus crisis.


NEWBURYPORT — The recommended 6-foot social distancing guidelines didn’t stop a group of local residents from showing their support for health care workers at Anna Jaques Hospital on Monday afternoon, all while keeping their distance.

BOSTON — Frustrated with a critical shortage of manpower and equipment to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, the state is soliciting donations of masks, gloves and other protective equipment and putting out a call for volunteers to work on the front lines of the public health crisis.

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NEWBURYPORT – The first shipment of 2,000 protective masks arrived at the Hart Road home of Ward 6 city councilor and real estate agent Byron Lane about noon Monday and by later in the afternoon, they were already being given to hospitals and first responders.

BOSTON – Research conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst in conjunction with New England Baptist Hospital has shown that the medical face masks hospitals and health care workers rely on as they fight the coronavirus remain effective and safe for use after being sterilized.

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MARCH 30 -- Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh both plan to deliver updates on the coronavirus Monday afternoon, and the state's legislative response to the pandemic could continue to take shape with both the House and Senate scheduled to meet.

NEWBURYPORT — The COVID-19 virus may have shut down a good portion of the country, but a presidential election is still slated for the fall and it looks like both the Republican and Democratic nominees are set.

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WASHINGTON — Bracing the nation for a grim death toll, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month, bowing to public health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not e…

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MARCH 27 -- Massachusetts logged 10 new COVID-19 deaths and 823 new confirmed cases on Friday, as another work week came to a close for many of the state's residents who have been working remotely or are suddenly unemployed due to business closures.

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MARCH 27 -- Massachusetts is heading into the third weekend under a state of emergency and the first under a government advisory to stay at home as much as possible as the state continues to try to staunch the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

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BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers will have another three months to file state income tax returns as the state takes additional steps to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for Massachusetts to get more federal assistance to help with the COVID-19 outbreak.

BOSTON — More than 3.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the past week as the coronavirus shut down huge swaths of the nation’s economy, a historic number of jobless claims that will push many states, including Massachusetts, to the brink financially.

NEWBURYPORT — Mayor Donna Holaday informed residents there were no new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city during a live video update given on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

WEST NEWBURY — Town officials are extending all COVID-19-related restrictions, protocols and exemptions placed on municipal government and town properties indefinitely.

AMESBURY — Mayor Kassandra Gove appeared live on Facebook Thursday morning to say that two city residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and soon after, communications directer Caitlin Thayer said a third case had also been confirmed.

The federal government did taxpayers a huge service in a time of crisis when it moved the tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. Now, the state of Massachusetts needs to follow suit.

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MARCH 26 -- Unemployment claims nationwide hit record levels, according to new data published Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered wide swaths of public life and left millions out of work.

MARCH 25 -- Gov. Charlie Baker is meeting with medical professionals Wednesday afternoon, the 16th day of a state of emergency he declared around the coronavirus outbreak, and plans to update the press and public afterwards about the state's continued response.

Restaurants would be able to sell beer and wine with to-go orders, requirements around MCAS tests could be changed, and municipal governments could give residents more time to pay their taxes under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker filed Tuesday to create flexibility in local responses to the corona…

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