Berkshire County Sees First COVID-19 Death

Coronavirus in Boston

Coronavirus in Boston

COVID-19 activity is increasing in MA.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says a Berkshire County man is the first in the region to die of COVID-19.

The governor also criticized partisan fighting in Washington, D.C. over a stimulus package and announced a new alerts service where people can text COVIDMA to 888-777 to receive updates on the state's coronavirus response.

MA is opening over 300 day care sites for essential workers who need childcare.

"To slow the spread of the coronavirus, all families should keep children out of group care settings to the greatest extent possible".

He said the drop-in sites are reserved for those who must report to work, including hospital workers and other "critical service" workers including grocery store employees.

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Tim Walz, by executive order, made $30 million available for the program, which could end up helping as many as 5,000 businesses. Authorized uses of loan proceeds include working capital, supplies, machinery and equipment, and fixtures (not real estate).

However, the sites should only be used as a "last resort", Baker said, as isolation tactics are imperative in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 15,219 cases in the United States, with 201 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control.

As of yesterday, 328 individuals had tested posted for the coronavirus in the Commonwealth of MA. If not, they should stay at home while they are sick.

The bill, titled "An Act to Further Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and School Districts Resulting from COVID-19", would also allow municipalities to modify local permitting processes and extend tax deadlines, among other actions.

There would be some caveats: The beverages must be sold in the original sealed container, must be in the same transaction as a purchase of food, and can't be over certain volume limitations, a statement from officials said (the exact volume limitations were not provided). Right now, if people are only mildly symptomatic, they should talk to their healthcare provider about whether they need to be evaluated in person.

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