♦ The US coronavirus death toll exceeded 3,500 Tuesday, eclipsing China’s official death count of 3,300.
♦ They’ve done it in London and New York City, and now this Friday one is being organized in Boston: a collective round of applause for workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus battle. Here’s how to participate.
♦ The superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was removed from his duties Monday after the recent deaths of 11 veterans at the home — including five who tested positive for the novel coronavirus and another five whose test results are forthcoming
♦ There are 5,752 known cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, state officials said Monday, up nearly 800 from a day earlier. Fatalities associated with the viral outbreak rose by eight, to 56.
♦ Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has extended the statewide closure of schools and non-emergency childcare programs until Monday, May 4. Baker has also issued a stay-at-home advisory and ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state. Here’s a list of what can stay open, and an FAQ on what you can and can’t do.
Matt Ryan, Luke Kuechly, Doug Flutie, and other BC football greats play social-distance catch
By Julian Benbow, Globe Staff
Spring football may have been canceled, but Boston College managed to put on a clinic in using social media to stay connected in spite of social distancing.
With a 37-second clip, BC athletics social media account breezed through decades of Eagles football with players, past and present, using some phone footage magic to play a game of catch.
US death toll from coronavirus eclipses China’s official count
By Colleen Long, Karen Matthews, and David Rising, Associated Press
NEW YORK — The US death toll from the coronavirus has climbed past 3,500, eclipsing China’s official count.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported Tuesday that deaths in New York state had risen more than 300 from the day before, reaching about 1,550, mostly in New York City.
That puts the US ahead of China’s official death toll of about 3,300.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo tests positive for coronavirus
By Jaclyn Reiss, Globe Staff
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said Tuesday morning that he has tested positive for coronavirus, noting that he was experiencing “fever, chills, and shortness of breath” and is quarantining himself in his home’s basement.
In a Twitter post, Cuomo said he had “been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive,” and said he hoped not to pass the virus along to his family: “That would make me feel worse than this illness!”
Elton John-led concert raises $8 million for coronavirus relief; Rihanna donates another $1 million
By The Associated Press
The Elton John-led starry benefit concert that featured Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys on Sunday has raised nearly $8 million to battle the coronavirus.
The musicians performed from their homes for the hourlong event that aired on Fox and iHeartMedia radio stations. The money will go to Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
He served his country on dangerous ground for 40 years. The Holyoke coronavirus outbreak took his life.
Ted Monette spent much of his life in dangerous territory.
As a colonel in the Army, Monette served in Vietnam and the Gulf War. As an officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he oversaw operations at Ground Zero after 9/11, and helped people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Early Monday morning, the coronavirus outbreak that has ravaged the Holyoke Soldier’s Home where Monette lived took his life, his son Greg Monette said. He was 74.
The chief nurse at the Brigham needs surgery, but it’s the time off that really hurts
By Billy Baker, Globe Staff
On Wednesday, for the first time since all this chaos began, Maddy Pearson, the chief nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will feel overwhelmed when she walks through the doors of the hospital.
For weeks now, Pearson — who has been in charge of the operations for the entire hospital under what is known as an “incident command structure” — has been telling her staff that there’s nothing they can’t do as a team, and she gets choked up talking about how well they’ve responded to that challenge.
But come Wednesday, she will have to leave that team — for a little while at least — and become a patient. She needs to have her gallbladder removed, surgery she has been putting off for too long, and now wants to get done quickly so she can get back in time for the expected surge in patients in the coming weeks.
At doctors’ offices, this is the year of the rescheduled appointment
By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff
The doctor will not see you now.
A cascade of calendar-clearing appointment delays and cancellations is adding to the anxiety gripping older folks as coronavirus cases surge across Massachusetts.
Thousands of scheduled appointments in March and April ― the physicals, blood work, check-ups with specialists, and colonoscopies that are part of the rhythm of life for many seniors ― have been postponed to the indeterminate future by hospitals, doctors’ offices, or patients suddenly loath to venture into a health care facility where germs might lurk.
MLB extends weekly stipends for minor leaguers through May 31
By Michael Silverman, Globe Staff
With the start to their seasons placed on pause, all minor league players will be paid $400 a week through at least May 31, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
For all but Triple A players, the weekly stipend represents a pay bump over the current minimum weekly salary of $290 for Rookie and Single A ball and $350 for Double A.
Time to ‘revenge shop’: Wuhan, China’s coronavirus hot spot, reopens for business
By Ng Han Guan and Joe McDonald, The Associated Press
WUHAN, China — The city at the center of China’s coronavirus outbreak was reopening for business Monday after authorities lifted more of the controls that locked downs tens of millions of people for two months. “I want to revenge shop,” declared an excited customer at one of Wuhan’s major shopping streets.
Customers were still scarce. Those who ventured out were greeted by shop employees who wore masks and carried signs that told them to “keep a safe distance.”
What the US will be like after we conquer the coronavirus
By Jason Pontin
Sometimes, we’re nowhere. Like millions of Americans, I am on lockdown, lest I spread contagion. I sit in my house in Charlestown and brood over the systemic failures that led to the catastrophe. But when I contemplate life after all of this is over, I find reasons for optimism and even feel a kind of hopefulness I have not experienced in years.
Of course, I’m sick at heart. I lay awake at night, imagining a wave of death that sweeps away the old and the frail. I perseverate about an unprecedented economic collapse of both supply and demand, and worry about what that would mean to my family or to the entrepreneurs I know.
Thousands sign online petition to allow only year-round residents and trucks over Cape Cod bridges amid coronavirus pandemic
By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff
Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the closure of Cape Cod bridges to all motorists except for year-round residents in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The petition, posted to the website change.org, also would allow trucks that deliver “essential supplies.” The appeal had garnered more than 5,800 signatures as of 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Rob Gronkowski, Camille Kostek donate 10,000 masks to Boston Medical Center
By Nicole Yang, Boston.com Staff
Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and model Camille Kostek have donated 10,000 medical-grade KN95 masks to Boston Medical Center and St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in New Jersey, in an effort to assist with the high demand for medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.
White House turns to statistical models for coronavirus forecast
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible.
The public could get its first close look at the Trump administration’s own projections Tuesday at the daily briefing.
Cambridge biotech seeks OK for coronavirus test that delivers results in 15 minutes
By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff
A Cambridge biotech founded by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University has developed a diagnostic test for COVID-19 that resembles an over-the-counter pregnancy test and delivers results in about 15 minutes.
If the product made by E25Bio is reliable, it could make testing simple and faster, and ease the shortage of tests that public health officials say has accelerated the spread of disease in the United States. With testing so limited and slow, they say, many people unknowingly may have infected others, making containment more difficult.
Six-foot rule to protect against coronavirus is questionable, MIT professor says
By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Globe Staff
The oft-repeated guideline to stay six feet away from other people in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission is based on decades-old research that has sorely needed updating for years, according to an MIT professor who studies the issue.
Avoiding people who have the virus — or might have the virus — is indeed an important and probably an effective way to lower the risk of transmission. But six feet could be much too close, said Lydia Bourouiba, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies the fluid dynamics of disease transmission.
Should some Mass. inmates be released amid coronavirus? DAs, defense lawyers to argue the matter Tuesday
By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff
The state’s highest court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to release certain categories of inmates in Massachusetts in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus in prisons and jails.
The telephone hearing before the Supreme Judicial Court began at 10 a.m. The state’s criminal defense bar and civil liberties advocates have said in court papers that they’re seeking “extraordinary relief for extraordinary circumstances."
Warren to feds: Why did you take Massachusetts’s medical supplies?
By Matt Stout, Globe Staff
Senator Elizabeth Warren is pressing federal officials for answers on why they seized at least two of Massachusetts’s recent orders for protective equipment, charging that it appears they are still interfering with states’ efforts to track down medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a five-page letter Monday, Warred asked Peter Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, to outline how the agency is ensuring states aren’t outbid for supplies by the federal government, which she called a “new and inexplicable obstacle.”
The coronavirus has been devastating for Providence’s pension fund
By Dan McGowan, Globe Staff
Long before a global pandemic struck, Providence officials had deep concerns about the city’s ailing pension fund.
It’s why Mayor Jorge Elorza tried for years to sell or lease the city’s water supply, and then warned that the city could face bankruptcy in the future once he realized his proposal was not going to come to fruition. As recently as last month, he said he was working on a new set of plans to improve the health of the fund.
Then came the coronavirus, and the economic meltdown that followed.
Working from home reveals new, not always flattering side of romantic partners
By Kara Baskin, Globe Correspondent
“He’s a heavy breather.”
“She chews with her mouth open.”
“He types … with only two fingers.”
Those are just a sampling of the complaints I’ve received from people venting about their partners — and newfound office mates — as more people work from home during the coronavirus shutdown. People marry for better or worse, but not for conference calls. Now they’re unearthing sides of personalities hitherto confined to board rooms and slide decks. Sometimes these newfound behaviors are funny and even alluring; other times, they can lead to serious rifts.
Voting by mail in New England? Coronavirus could lead to the biggest changes in the way Americans vote in more than half a century
By James Pindell, Globe Staff
Coronavirus has already infected hundreds of thousands, rattled markets, and disrupted life as we know it. Soon, it could also lead the most significant changes in how Americans vote in decades, especially in New England, where some towns have been voting the same way for a lifetime.
The traditional way, after all, doesn’t exactly adhere to social distancing. Election Day often involves elderly volunteer poll workers, long lines, voters using the same pens, and touching the same voting equipment.
Girl, 12, in Belgium dies from coronavirus
The Associated Press
Belgian authorities say a 12-year-old girl has died of the coronavirus, by far the youngest person among the more than 700 victims in the country.
Announcing the news Tuesday, national crisis-center coronavirus spokesman Emmanuel Andre said it is “an emotionally difficult moment, because it involves a child, and it has also upset the medical and scientific community.”
“We are thinking of her family and friends. It is an event that is very rare, but one which upsets us greatly,” Andre said. No details about the girl were provided.
Stranded cruise ship hit by virus begs Florida to dock
The Associated Press
As a cruise ship stranded at sea with dozens sick and four dead makes for Florida, passengers who have been confined to their rooms for more than a week are anxious for relief, hoping Gov. Ron DeSantis will change his mind and allow them to disembark despite confirmed coronavirus cases aboard.
Orlando technical writer Laura Gabaroni and her husband, Juan Huergo, have wanted to explore the southernmost tip of South America for years — to see the penguins on the Falkland Islands and the glacial landscapes of the Strait of Magellan. But their vacation turned harrowing as countries shunned them and people fell ill.
Maine plant ready to begin producing COVID-19 tests
The Associated Press
Abbott Laboratories will begin production Wednesday of COVID-19 tests, making 50,000 of them daily at its manufacturing plant outside Maine’s largest city, company officials said.
The Scarborough plant expects to produce more than 1 million tests per month that can deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes, said Kimberly LaFleur, a company spokeswoman outside Chicago.
Abbott Laboratories received emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the test, which utilizes an Abbott point-of-care platform currently used in thousands of medical offices. The ID NOW units are currently used to test for influenza, strep throat and other illnesses.
Hundreds of stranded Americans leave Nepal amid lockdown
The Associated Press
Hundreds of stranded Americans left Nepal on a repatriation flight Tuesday, days after a complete lockdown was imposed in the Himalayan nation to help fight the coronavirus.
A Qatar Airways flight arranged by the U.S. government flew out 302 Americans from Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport to Washington, D.C. The elderly, families with children and people with a medical condition were given priority on the flight.
The U.S. Embassy in Nepal estimates that 3,000 to 4,000 Americans are still in the country, but says that not all of them are seeking to leave. Plans for future flights to evacuate more of the Americans were unclear.
WHO warns `far from over’ in Asia and Pacific
The Associated Press
The World Health Organization warns that while attention has shifted to epicenters in Western Europe and North America, COVID-19 epidemics are “far from over” in Asia and the Pacific.
Urging governments at all levels in the region to stay engaged in efforts to combat the virus, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr. Takeshi Kasai says, “This is going to be a long-term battle and we cannot let down our guard. We need every country to keep responding according to their local situation.”
He said the WHO realizes there is no one-size-fits-all approach but there are common tactics. “Those are: finding, isolating and testing case early, tracing and quarantining contact quickly, and putting in place multiple public health interventions to place physical distance between people to slow and stop transmission.”
Governors, mayor order residents in Maryland, Virginia, D.C. to stay home
By Antonio Olivo, Ovetta Wiggins, and Gregory S. Schneider, The Washington Post
Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia on Monday barred residents from leaving home unless it’s absolutely necessary, joining a handful of other states that have issued such orders in hopes of controlling the fast-spreading novel coronavirus.
While all three jurisdictions had already banned most gatherings, closed businesses and schools and urged people to stay home as much as possible, the orders made clear that compliance is no longer optional - and they added fines and potential jail time for some violations.
“We are no longer asking or suggesting Marylanders to stay home,” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said during a news conference in Annapolis on Monday. “We are directing them.”
11 residents dead at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home; at least 5 had coronavirus
The superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was removed from his duties Monday after the recent deaths of 11 veterans at the home — including five who tested positive for the novel coronavirus and another five whose test results are forthcoming, according to state officials.
In addition to the 11 recent deaths, another 11 surviving residents of the Soldiers’ Home have tested positive for COVID-19, as have five staff members, according to the state Department of Veterans Services. Another 25 veterans living at the home are awaiting results.
State hunting for 1,000 nursing home beds to treat recovering coronavirus patients
State officials Monday were scrambling to find about 1,000 skilled nursing beds for recovering COVID-19 patients across Massachusetts, raising the possibility of relocating hundreds of nursing home residents in a first-in-the-nation plan to relieve pressure on hospitals bracing for a surge of new patients.
The goal, Governor Charlie Baker said at a news briefing Monday afternoon, is to “ensure that we have the right kinds of beds in the right places to serve people once the surge arrives.” Baker said the plan could also prevent the state from having to force nursing homes to accept patients who are recovering from COVID-19, and who might trigger outbreaks among vulnerable senior populations.
With fewer patients, Lifespan places a ‘small amount’ of R.I. hospital employees on furlough
By Edward Fitzpatrick, Globe Staff
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s largest hospital group, Lifespan, is placing a “small amount” of employees on temporary furlough because the overall number of patients has dropped despite the coronavirus outbreak, a spokeswoman confirmed Monday.
Lifespan — which runs Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, and Bradley Hospital — did not specify how many employees are being furloughed or say which hospitals have employees on furlough.
Mass. coronavirus peak likely in mid-April, some epidemiologists predict
New forecasts for the spread of coronavirus predict that stress on Massachusetts hospitals will peak around April 14, and that by summer the deadly virus will have taken nearly 1,800 lives in the state.
These projections by the University of Washington forecast that COVID-19 will kill more than 80,000 people in the United States by mid-July. At its peak in mid-April, the virus will kill as many as 2,200 Americans a day, the model predicts.
Those numbers presume that the United States will maintain a policy of social distancing through May, said Christopher Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which publishes the forecast and will be regularly updating it as new data comes in.
Boston faces pressure to make grants to struggling small businesses
By Jon Chesto, Globe Staff
Low-interest loans are nice, but many small businesses need grants to survive this pandemic.
That’s the urgent plea that advocates for inner-city businesses in Boston, led by CommonWealth Kitchen executive director Jen Faigel, made to the Walsh administration and members of the City Council on Monday.
The federal stimulus bill passed by Congress last week contains hundreds of billions for small businesses. But Faigel said the timing of when the money will be available is unclear. Most of that small-business assistance is in the forms of loans, not grants — and those loans come with strings attached or credit and collateral requirements that might exclude many entrepreneurs who badly need the money.
Key medical equipment coming to Mass., but need — and disparities — remain
Governor Charlie Baker on Monday said federal officials will send Massachusetts at least 1,000 ventilators, on top of nearly 900,000 pieces of protective equipment that arrived this past weekend, offering an injection of critical supplies amid the state’s frustrating chase for gear during the coronavirus outbreak.
The ventilator order, which Baker said was approved within 48 hours of the state’s request, is expected to arrive by next week, and could offer a dramatic boost to the state’s supply of the machines, which provide life-saving breaths to patients with acute respiratory failure, a symptom of COVID-19.
Estimates suggest the state has about 1,400 ventilators, making the shipment notable in both size and timing: Baker said projections show the state could see a long-expected surge in cases between April 7 and April 17.
Airbnb will give $250 million to hosts who lost income to coronavirus
By Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg
Home sharing company Airbnb Inc. said it will give $250 million to hosts on its platform who have lost money from coronavirus-related cancellations at their properties.
The startup, whose plans to go public this year have been thrown into question, has alternately faced criticism from guests and hosts over its refund policies related to the global pandemic.
Airbnb initially resisted refunding US guests over coronavirus-related cancelations, relenting only after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic on March 11. A few days later, Airbnb said travelers in the US could receive refunds. The decision eased criticism from consumers but was bad news for hosts, many of whom were already worried about their future lost earnings.
Last design: Dying of coronavirus, a famous architect planned his final resting place
By Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff
Last Thursday, on what turned out to be the final full day of his life as one of the nation’s most eminent architects, Michael McKinnell spoke with his wife by phone about his plans for one final design.
Diagnosed with COVID-19, he knew little time remained. He had declined the offer of a respirator at Beverly Hospital, and had asked for hospice care.
“He said, ‘I’ve made a decision and I don’t want to argue with you.' He said, ‘This is what I want to do,’ ” his wife, Stephanie Mallis, who was quarantined in their Rockport home and unable to visit, said of their phone conversation.
19 Boston police officers, 3 civilian employees test positive for coronavirus
By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent
Nineteen Boston police officers and three civilian employees of the department have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a department spokesman said Monday.
The officers and staff members work at different sites around the city, and there is no clear connection between the cases, said Sergeant Detective John Boyle, the spokesman.
All of the infected personnel are off-duty as they recover, Boyle said, and the department is taking extra precautions in an attempt to halt the virus’s spread.
MBTA, unions looking for more ways to slow the spread of coronavirus
By Adam Vaccaro, Globe Staff
Eighteen transit workers have tested positive for coronavirus, MBTA officials said Monday, as the agency and its labor unions consider new safety measures to prevent a broader outbreak among the workforce and the riders they encounter.
As with essential employees in other sectors, operators, drivers, and maintenance workers at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are at risk of contracting the disease simply by working in public. While the transit system has already imposed new health measures, MBTA officials and the Boston Carmen’s Union, which represents bus drivers and train operators, have been negotiating about additional initiatives to curb the virus’s spread.
The two sides did not have any details to announce late Monday, but MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said additional steps were imminent.
Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier
By Alexandra Olson and Mae Anderson, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job Monday demanding greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders.
The one-day strikes had little impact on consumers, but the unrest called attention to mounting discontent among low-wage workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic, serving the needs of those who can keep safe working from home. Whole Worker, a workers group for Whole Foods employees, is calling for a nationwide “sick out” on Wednesday.
Democratic lawmakers, including Warren and Pressley, call for racial data in coronavirus testing
By Aaron Morrison, Associated Press
Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a letter sent Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, both from Massachusetts, said comprehensive demographic data on people who are tested or treated for the virus that causes COVID-19 does not exist. Over the weekend, cities with large black and nonwhite Hispanic populations emerged as new hot spots for the spread of the virus.
How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump’s Easter plan
By Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The two doctors spread out their charts on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
The projections were grim: Even if the US were to continue to do what it was doing, keeping the economy closed and most Americans in their homes, the coronavirus could leave 100,000 to 200,000 people dead and millions infected. And the totals would be far worse if the nation reopened.
Those stark predictions grew even more tangible and harrowing when paired with televised images of body bags lined up at a New York City hospital not far from where Trump grew up in Queens.
8 Boston homeless people test positive for coronavirus
By Vernal Coleman, Globe Staff
The novel coronavirus has spread to Boston’s homeless community, with eight people testing positive for COVID-19 in recent days, medical officials said Monday.
Of the eight who tested positive, five spent time at local shelters in recent days, said Dr. Denise De Las Nueces, medical director the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
Marty Martinez, the city’s Human and Health Services chief, said city public health workers were able to track where that person had been.
Weston hardware to close after 101 years in business amid coronavirus impact
By Matt Berg, Globe Correspondent
After more than a century in business, family-owned hardware store and lumberyard B.L. Ogilvie & Sons in Weston will close its doors Friday, highlighting the devastating impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on struggling small businesses.
Over the past year, the Weston hardware store saw a steady drop in income, making it difficult to pay overhead and sustain the shop that has served the local community since 1919. With the added turbulence caused by the pandemic in recent weeks, the final blow was dealt.
Two online classes in Mass. disrupted by offensive 'Zoom-bombing’
By Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent
Interlopers have invaded online classrooms for Massachusetts schools with offensive displays at least twice in recent days, the FBI’s Boston office said Monday, as increased use of teleconferencing software opens a new door for threats, hate speech, and other disturbing behavior.
As a growing number of schools and businesses shift to video teleconferencing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images, and threatening language,” the agency said in a statement.
‘Extraordinary relief for extraordinary circumstances’: SJC to hear bid to release some Mass. inmates due to coronavirus
By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in an action brought by the state criminal defense bar seeking the release of vulnerable inmates and pre-trial detainees amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The SJC is slated to hear arguments at 10 a.m. from the petitioners - which include the state public defender agency, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts - and the state’s various district attorneys, among other parties, records show.
WHO says coronavirus outbreak in Europe may be approaching peak
By Thomas Mulier and John Follain, Bloomberg
The World Health Organization said there are signs of some stabilization in Europe’s coronavirus outbreak as the hardest-hit country in the region, Italy, reported the smallest number of new cases in almost two weeks.
Mike Ryan, head of health emergencies at the WHO, said Monday that’s “our fervent hope” Italy and Spain are approaching a peak, and that European lockdowns which started several weeks ago will start to bear fruit. New cases now reflect exposure to the disease about two weeks earlier, he said.
Trump administration rules gun shops ‘essential’ amid coronavirus
By Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press
The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are considered “essential” businesses that should remain open as other businesses are closed to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. Gun control groups are balking, calling it a policy that puts profits over public health after intense lobbying by the firearms industry.
In the past several weeks, various states and municipalities have offered different interpretations of whether gun stores should be allowed to remain open as Americans stay at home to avoid spreading the virus. In Los Angeles, for example, County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has twice ordered gun shops in his territory to close, leading to legal challenges from gun rights advocates.
FDA authorizes widespread use of unproven drugs to treat coronavirus, saying possible benefit outweighs risk
By Christopher Rowland, The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to a Trump administration plan to distribute millions of doses of anti-malarial drugs to hospitals across the country, saying it is worth the risk of trying unproven treatments to slow the progression of the disease in seriously ill coronavirus patients.
There have only been a few, very small anecdotal studies that show a possible benefit of the drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, to relieve the acute respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 and clear the virus from infected patients.
R.I. public schools will continue distance learning through the end of April
By Edward Fitzpatrick, Globe Staff
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island public school buildings will remain closed for all of April, and students will continue with distance learning from home, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced Monday.
The announcement came as Raimondo reported the state’s fourth death from COVID-19 — a man in his 70s — and 114 new cases.
That marked the largest single-day increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Rhode Island, bringing the total to 408. She said 41 people are now hospitalized with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new virus.
Chief executive at Beth Israel Lahey Health taking 50 percent pay cut for three months
By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, Globe Staff
The chief executive of Massachusetts’ second-largest hospital system said Monday that he would give up half his salary amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Dr. Kevin Tabb said he’ll take a 50 percent pay cut for the next three months. In addition, more than two dozen other executives will receive 20 percent salary cuts.
Trump hasn’t shown ‘human understanding’ of suffering caused by coronavirus crisis, Warren says
By Christina Prignano, Globe Staff
Senator Elizabeth Warren sharply criticized President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying Monday that he’s shown a lack of competence and values that’s harming the American people.
“Our values are not about improving Donald Trump’s [TV] ratings. Our values are about saving lives, our values are about reducing the pain that people are experiencing,” Warren said during an interview on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio, referring to Trump’s weekend tweets that highlighted the viewership of his daily press conferences.
Brooks Brothers making masks at factories in Mass., elsewhere to help in coronavirus pandemic
By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff
The Brooks Brothers clothing company plans to make up to 150,000 masks daily at factories in Massachusetts and other states in an effort to help front-line health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, the company said Monday.
Brooks Brothers announced the initiative in a statement.
The company said it’s in the process of shifting factories in Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina from making suits, ties and shirts to producing masks and gowns. Brooks Brothers plans to make up to 150,000 masks per day on an ongoing basis, the statement said.
Mass. marijuana regulator joins fight to allow recreational pot stores to re-open
By Felicia Gans, Globe Staff
A Massachusetts cannabis commissioner called on Governor Charlie Baker on Monday to allow recreational marijuana stores to re-open, deeming them an essential business alongside medical dispensaries amid the spread of coronavirus.
Last week, Baker required all non-essential businesses in Massachusetts to close until at least April 7, but allowed medical dispensaries to stay open, saying they will be “treated for all intents and purposes the same way we treat healthcare operations.”
We’re still hoarding toilet paper because of coronavirus, and for no good reason
By Anissa Gardizy, Globe Correspondent
Weeks into the coronavirus panic-buying spree, toilet paper is still high on the list of most-wanted products. But why?
At Roche Bros. in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, for example, packs of toilet paper continue to sell out before 9 a.m., even with restrictions on how many shoppers can buy at one time. It’s a scenario playing out daily at supermarkets across the state, and for no good reason, according to supply chain experts. By now, many people are likely running out of space to store their stash of rolls. Yet the illogical hoarding continues.
Coronavirus keeping the kids home until May? The Boston Public Library thinks you should build a fort
By Steve Annear, Globe Staff
Here’s the hard truth: You’re now going to be stuck at home with your kids until May 4, at the earliest.
And by now — just days into this “stay-at-home” advisory — it may feel like you’ve already exhausted everything in your arsenal to keep your children immersed and engaged.
The crafts. The breaking-all-the-screentime rules. Watching “Frozen” and then “Frozen 2,” and then “Frozen” again.
If that’s the case, the Boston Public Library has a mission for you: It’s time to build an epic fort.
N.Y. coronavirus-related deaths hit 1,200; rise in infections is slowing
By Keshia Clukey and Christian Berthelsen, Bloomberg
New York State reported a 26% increase in COVID-19-related deaths in the last day, pushing the total above 1,200.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 253 new coronavirus fatalities on Monday even as he offered some positive news: The rise in confirmed cases is slowing, and the hospital-discharge rate is rising.
“People come into the hospital, they stay for a period of time, a number of days, and then they move on,” Cuomo said.
The Boston Marathon will be run in September due to coronavirus. What does that mean for the field?
By John Powers, Globe Correspondent
Not since 1897 when 15 ill-shod men toed a line in the dirt in Ashland has the Boston Marathon been postponed, not even when it was run as a military relay race in 1918.
Now that the world’s most fabled footrace has been rescheduled for Sept. 14 and the London Marathon moved from April to Oct. 4, five of the six World Marathon Majors are slated to take place within a period of less than seven weeks.
“It creates a challenge I haven’t seen in the 30 years that I’ve done this,” said Carey Pinkowski, who has been Chicago’s race director since 1990.
Gannett will furlough workers at more than 100 newspapers over next three months
By Jacob Bogage, The Washington Post
Newspaper giant Gannett will begin furloughing employees over the next three months to cut costs during the economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a memo distributed to employees Monday.
Certain employees paid more than $38,000 a year by one of the company’s more than 100 newspapers, including USA Today, will be required to take one week of unpaid leave in April, May and June, according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post from USA Today Network President Maribel Wadsworth.
More than 90 local papers in Massachusetts are owned by Gannett, including the Patriot Ledger, the Old Colony Memorial, and the Cape Cod Times.
Moscow goes into lockdown, rest of Russia braces for same
By Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian capital, Moscow, on Monday woke up to a lockdown obliging most of its 13 million residents to stay home, and many other regions of the vast country quickly followed suit to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
A stern-looking President Vladimir Putin warned his envoys in Russia's far-flung regions that they will be personally responsible for the availability of beds, ventilators and other key equipment.
“We have managed to win time and slow down an explosive spread of the disease in the previous weeks, and we need to use that time reserve to the full,” Putin said.
Maine coronavirus cases rise to 275; three people have died in state
By Matt Berg, Globe Correspondent
Maine reported its second and third coronavirus-related deaths Monday and the state saw an increase of 22 coronavirus cases for a total of 275 confirmed cases, officials said.
Of the confirmed cases, there have been three deaths, 49 patients hospitalized at some point, and 43 patients who work in the healthcare field, Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, announced at a press conference Monday morning.
The Maine CDC is investigating a possible instance of “community transmission” in Penobscot County, where 12 cases have been confirmed, Shah said. Somerset County also reported its first case Monday.
R.I. shop selling T-shirts with Raimondo’s message to social distancing scofflaws: “Knock it off”
By Edward Fitzpatrick, Globe Staff
PROVIDENCE — The most Rhode Island store in Rhode Island, Frog & Toad, is selling T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Knock it off” — Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s trending admonition for social distancing scofflaws.
So far, the quirky Providence gift shop has sold more than 450 of the $22 T-shirts online, and it is donating 20 percent of the proceeds to the Rhode Island Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which has provided grants to nonprofits such as the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen and Meals on Wheels.
Baker says feds are planning to send Mass. 1,000 ventilators
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Monday that the federal government has approved the state’s requests for at least 1,000 ventilators, equipment officials see as crucial as the coronavirus pandemic is expected to send a wave of patients to hospitals.
He said state officials had gotten a “quick turnaround" on their request for ventilators, saying it was processed in “maybe 48 hours” and the ventilators are expected to arrive between now and the end of the firs week in April. He said it was a “big positive step forward in the right direction.”
“That will make a big difference for many folks in our hospital community,” he said.
With more infections than China, Spain tightens lockdown
By Aritz Parra, Associated Press
MADRID (AP) — Spain enforced even tighter stay-at-home rules Monday for its 47 million people, as the country overtook China as the nation with the third-highest number of reported infections in the world, after the United States and Italy.
But the new measures, which confused many Spaniards, came under attack from business leaders who say the government is hurting the economy beyond repair, and opposition parties who accuse it of improvising in its response to the outbreak.
MIAA Board is keeping the possibility of holding spring season and tournaments alive
By Jim Clark, Globe Correspondent
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Board of Directors voted unanimously via conference call Monday to extend the start and end of the spring season, which keeps alive the possibility of holding MIAA postseason tournaments.
By a vote of 19-0, the Board of Directors agreed to shift the start date of the spring season to Monday, May 4, in line with the order from Gov. Charlie Baker last week that schools statewide will remain closed up to that date in wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
US and J & J commit $1b to coronavirus vaccine co-developed by Beth Israel
By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff
The federal government and Johnson & Johnson said Monday they are investing more than $1 billion in a potential vaccine to prevent the coronavirus, a big bet on a substance developed partly by a laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Johnson & Johnson, which is bankrolling the effort with the government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, said it expects to begin clinical trials of the leading vaccine candidate by September. The first batches of the COVID-19 vaccine could be available for a request to the government for emergency use early next year, if it proves safe and effective, the company said.
Justice Dept. investigates at least one lawmaker’s stock trades before coronavirus spike in US
By Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is investigating stock trades made by at least one member of Congress as the US braced for the pandemic threat of coronavirus, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The investigation is being coordinated with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and is looking at the trades of at least one lawmaker, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
As head of the powerful Intelligence Committee, Burr received frequent briefings and reports on the threat of the virus. He also sits on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which received briefings on the pandemic.
Trump defends extending coronavirus guidelines as spread continues
By Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Siding with public health experts’ dire projections, President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to extend restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April, while bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people.
“The worst that could happen is you do it too early and all of a sudden it comes back,” Trump said during a nearly hour-long call-in interview with “Fox & Friends" as members of his coronavirus task force fanned out across other media outlets to warn the virus’ spread was only just beginning.
A new ‘roadmap’ lays out how we might emerge from coronavirus crisis
By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
How do we get out of this coronavirus pandemic nightmare? A new paper suggests the road we should take and the signposts we should look for on the way.
The 20-page report, published on the American Enterprise Institute website, comes from a group of public health experts led by former US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb, now a fellow at AEI, is one of the experts on the advisory group guiding Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Italy reports fewest new coronavirus cases in almost 2 weeks
By Marco Bertacche and John Follain, Bloomberg News
Italy reported the smallest number of new coronavirus cases in almost two weeks as the epicenter of Europe’s contagion enters its fourth week of lockdown.
New infections in the past 24 hours totaled 4,050, compared with 5,217 the previous day, civil protection authorities said Monday at their daily news conference in Rome. This is the lowest increase since March 17.
Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo, Cookie Monster on hand washing messages for kids
By the Associated Press
Elmo, Rooster and Cookie Monster are doing their part to help keep kids safe as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on.
The beloved Sesame Street Muppets are featured in some of four new animated public service spots reminding young fans to take care while doing such things as washing hands and sneezing.
How to keep kids connected with friends, even when they’re housebound
By Kara Baskin, Globe Correspondent
Of all the adjustments that this pandemic has wrought, perhaps the saddest for my kids — who don’t understand its existential implications — is that their social life stinks. My 9-year-old has resorted to lonely bike rides. He cruises the neighborhood with my husband, pausing in front of his friends’ abodes. Then he texts the family inside, who come to the front stoop for a jailhouse wave. It’s like a bad John Hughes movie. Sometimes he uses Facebook Messenger to make videos of llama faces.
“Play has healing powers,” says Saki Iwamoto, a health and wellness educator with the Boston Children’s Museum. “Play is the best thing we can do for our kids.”
Macy’s, stores dark, will furlough 130,000 people
By Associated Press
NEW YORK — Macy’s will furlough a majority of its 130,000 workers with its stores dark.
The company on Monday said it is transitioning to an ‘’absolute minimum workforce" needed to maintain basic operations.
Online operations won’t be hit as hard.
Cambridge, Attleboro and Waltham report first COVID-19 linked deaths of residents
By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff
Three Massachusetts cities are reporting the first deaths of residents caused by COVID-19, a tally that Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux expects will increase.
“I’m sad to report that Attleboro lost its first victim to COVID-19,” Heroux tweeted Monday. Citing privacy concerns, the mayor did not provide any information about the person except to note the person who died was a woman.
Ordered to close and excluded from federal aid, marijuana entrepreneurs staring down insolvency
By Dan Adams, Globe Staff
To open their businesses, Massachusetts marijuana entrepreneurs already had to navigate a long and expensive obstacle course, overcoming zoning restrictions, hostile neighbors, municipal demands, a plodding state licensing process, and a scarcity of financing.
Now, small cannabis companies are warning that Governor Charlie Baker’s decision to shutter recreational marijuana facilities until at least April 7 amid the coronavirus pandemic — while leaving medical marijuana operations and liquor stores open as “essential” services — could force them to give up altogether.
Mass. bar exam for law school grads postponed amid coronavirus pandemic
By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff
The Massachusetts bar exam for newly minted law school graduates will be postponed from July to the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the state Supreme Judicial Court and Board of Bar Examiners.
The two entities confirmed the delay in a statement Monday. The two-day exam, which law school graduates must pass to practice in Massachusetts, was initially scheduled for July 28 and July 29. It’s been rescheduled for the fall on “dates to be determined,” the statement said.
Navy hospital ship Comfort arrives in NYC harbor to aid coronavirus response
By Associated Press
NEW YORK — A Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds arrived Monday morning in New York Harbor to help relieve the coronavirus crisis gripping the city’s hospitals.
The USNS Comfort, which was sent to New York City after 9/11, will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients while hospitals treat people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
ICU doctor shares heartbreaking impact of hospital visitor bans as coronavirus spreads
By Steve Annear, Globe Staff
The Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is far from still these days.
Doctors and nurses go about their work, all the while adapting to the added procedural changes and new patients brought on by the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. The beeping and whirring of medical equipment remains the same.
But there exists another type of silence these days; a void so palpable that there was only one word Dr. Daniela J. Lamas, a critical care doctor in the hospital’s ICU, could think of to describe it: “Different.”
Why we call it a quarantine
By Meghan Sorensen, Globe Correspondent
By now, everyone knows all too well what “quarantine” means. Less known is where the word comes from.
The term was introduced in the 14th century during Europe’s bubonic plague, although separating the sick from the healthy and other practices we now associate with quarantining date back to Biblical times.
Mass. medical marijuana dispensaries to offer curbside pickup amid coronavirus outbreak
By Felicia Gans, Globe Staff
Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensaries will temporarily be allowed to offer curbside or at-the-door pickup to patients and caregivers in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Through the program, which went into effect on Saturday, dispensaries are allowed to take preorders and make sales using electronic payment methods over the phone. When the customer arrives at the dispensary, an employee can either bring the purchased items directly to the customers’ car in the store’s parking lot or hand the items to the customer at the front door.
We asked the people of Massachusetts what word comes to mind when they think of the coronavirus outbreak
By Joshua Miller, Globe Staff
Suffolk University and the Boston Globe polled 500 Massachusetts residents last week about the coronavirus outbreak. We asked one open-ended question: When you think about the coronavirus outbreak, what’s the first word that comes to mind?
Dutch museum, closed over coronavirus concerns, says a Vincent van Gogh painting was stolen overnight
By Associated Press
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch museum that is currently closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus said Monday a painting by Vincent van Gogh on loan for an exhibition was stolen in a raid overnight.
The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam says “Spring Garden” by the Dutch master was taken in the early hours of Monday.
Vaping could compound health risks tied to coronavirus, FDA says
By Anna Edney and Angelica LaVito, Bloomberg
Vaping may leave users with underlying health conditions at higher risk of serious complications if they contract the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the Food and Drug Administration said.
“People with underlying health issues, such as heart or lung problems, may have increased risk for serious complications from Covid-19,” Michael Felberbaum, an FDA spokesman, said in an e-mail Friday in response to questions from Bloomberg. “This includes people who smoke and/or vape tobacco or nicotine-containing products.”
Two new road maps lay out possible paths to end coronavirus lockdowns
By Helen Branswell, STAT
With Covid-19 racing through the country, the United States is virtually locked down. At the same time, the yearning among Americans to reopen their communities grows, as does their desire to return to some semblance of normality.
In an effort to chart a path toward that goal, public health experts laid out two new roadmaps over the weekend.
Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021
By Stephen Wade, Associated Press
The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games.
Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.
For patients and workers alike, home health visits fraught with fears of virus
The rapid spread of COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on home health care workers and millions of disabled, ailing or elderly Americans who consider them a lifeline – often the difference between living independently or in a nursing home.
Those who need in-home care, ranging from housekeeping chores and help bathing to vital health services, are afraid of being infected by workers who travel from home to home. Workers, too, feel vulnerable as they worry about catching and transmitting the virus to their own families while trying to protect themselves and their clients amid a national shortage of masks.
Stuck-at-home Americans are getting robbed less often, but fighting more
By Edvard Pettersson, Noah Buhayar, Michelle Kaske, and Mallika Mit, Bloomberg
With more than two-thirds of the U.S. population ordered to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s tougher for burglars to find an empty house to rob. But the cooped-up residents seem more likely to fight each other.
That’s what crime statistics show in major U.S. cities where residents are spending almost all their time inside.
Prisoners riot in Iran amid region’s worst virus outbreak
The Associated Press
Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.
Iran had temporarily released around 100,000 prisoners as part of measures taken to contain the pandemic, leaving an estimated 50,000 people behind bars, including violent offenders and so-called “security cases,” often dual nationals and others with Western ties.
Families of detainees and Western nations say Iran is holding those prisoners for political reasons or to use them as bargaining chips in negotiations.
Spain passes China in coronavirus infections
The Associated Press
Spain on Monday became the third country to surpass China in infections after the United States and Italy.
With a population of only 47 million to China's 1.4 billion, Spain’s tally of infections reached 85,195 on Monday, a rise of 8% from the previous day. Spain also reported 812 new deaths in the last day, raising its overall fatalities from the virus to 7,300.
The health systems in Italy and Spain have been crumbling under the weight of caring for so many desperately ill patients at once. The two European nations have more than half the world’s 34,000 deaths from the virus that has upended the lives of billions of people and devastated world economies.
Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast
The Associated Press
Eleven days ago, General Motors put hundreds of workers on an urgent project to build breathing machines as hospitals and governors pleaded for more in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
But President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn't moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the government broad authority to direct companies to meet national defense needs.
Experts on managing factory production say GM is already making an extraordinary effort for a company that normally isn’t in the business of producing ventilators.
City at center of China’s virus outbreak gradually revives
The Associated Press
Shopkeepers in the city at the center of the virus outbreak in China were reopening Monday but customers were scarce after authorities lifted more of the anti-virus controls that kept tens of millions of people at home for two months.
“I’m so excited, I want to cry,” said a woman on the Chuhe Hanjie pedestrian mall who would give only the English name Kat. She said she was a teacher in the eastern city of Nanjing visiting her family in Wuhan when the government locked down the city in late January to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Songwriter of ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ dies of coronavirus
The Associated Press
Alan Merrill — who wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll" that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett — died Sunday in New York of complications from the coronavirus, his daughter sad. He was 69.
Laura Merrill said on her Facebook account that he died in the morning.
“I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out. He seemed peaceful and as I left there was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn’t be a ticker on the right hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen," she wrote.
Asian shares extend losses as toll from coronavirus pandemic surges
By Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press
Asian shares started the week with fresh losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts of the world.
Japan's benchmark dropped almost 4% and other regional markets were mostly lower. Shares in Australia rose after the government promised more recession-fighting stimulus.
U.S. futures fell slightly more than 1% and oil prices also were lower.
Amazon workers to strike at New York site over coronavirus concerns
By Luke Kawa, Bloomberg
About 100 Amazon employees at a New York fulfillment center plan to go on strike at noon Monday, saying management has been unresponsive to safety concerns and the spread of the coronavirus at the facility.
Employees are demanding that the Staten Island site be closed for at least two weeks and sanitized. The e-commerce giant closed a warehouse in Queens for cleaning after an employee tested positive, as reported by The Atlantic.
They’re asking for workers to be paid during this time and for retroactive compensation for those who had already stayed home out of fear for their health and safety.
New York state surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths
By Michael R. Sisak and Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press
New York state surpassed a grim milestone Sunday as its death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed above 1,000, less than a month after the first case was detected in the state.
New York City reported in the evening that its toll had risen to 776. The total number of statewide deaths isn’t expected to be released until Monday, but with at least 250 additional deaths recorded outside the city as of Sunday morning, the state’s total fatalities was at least 1,026.
Trump says he’s working to get protective supplies to Massachusetts
By Jaclyn Reiss and Abigail Feldman, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent
President Trump said Sunday night that he’s “trying to get things to Massachusetts as rapidly as possible” after state officials have said the federal government has undermined them when they try to order supplies to fight the coronavirus, such as N95 masks and ventilators.
Governor Charlie Baker has grown visibly agitated speaking about the issue in recent days. On Thursday, he said his administration has watched orders “evaporate,” and he even seemed to stop short of cursing.
In states’ coronavirus response, a red/blue divide
By Jess Bidgood, Globe Staff
It was Saturday night on a main street in the South, but locals described something odd: One side of the street was almost normal, if quiet, with restaurants serving dinner and groups of young people milling around. The other side of the street looked practically vacant.
Both sides of State Street are in cities called Bristol, but the left side is Virginia, the right side is Tennessee and the yellow line down the middle of the road is both a state border and a new frontier in this country’s uneven response to the coronavirus outbreak that often is breaking down along partisan lines.
The virus has transformed the 2020 elections. Here’s how.
By Jonathan Martin and Reid J. Epstein, New York Times
From the White House to the county courthouse, the coronavirus pandemic has drastically upended the 2020 elections.
Many Democratic leaders now doubt their national party convention will take place as planned in July, while President Trump’s determination to hold the Republican convention could collide with life-or-death realities.
Trump extends federal coronavirus social distancing guidance to April 30
The Associated Press
President Trump said he is extending federal social distancing guidelines for 30 days as scientists warn the coronavirus continues to spread.
“We will be extending our guidelines to April 30 to slow the spread,” he said.
Libraries are closed, but they’re still offering a vast selection of free entertainment and education
By Jakob Menendez, Globe Correspondent
Even with libraries closed temporarily, your local library card gives you access to much more than you may know — dozens of online resources from movies to electronic books and audiobooks, newspapers from across the world, and language instruction. And if you’re reading this and thinking, “I wish I had a library card,” you’re in luck. The libraries mentioned here, and others, offer E-cards; you can sign up for one on their websites.
Citing pandemic, judge orders that efforts to release migrant children be stepped up
By Miriam Jordan, New York Times
Concerned that thousands of migrant children in federal detention facilities could be in danger of contracting the coronavirus, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the government to “make continuous efforts” to release them from custody.
The order, from US District Judge Dolly Gee, came after plaintiffs in a long-running case over the detention of migrant children cited reports that four held at a federally licensed shelter in New York had tested positive for the virus.
‘In the same boat’: Retailers and landlords find some flexibility amid the crisis
By Tim Logan and Janelle Nanos, Globe Staff
First the customers disappeared. Then came layoffs, reduced hours, orders to shut the doors. Now, the rent is coming due.
March has been a brutal month for restaurants, retailers, and many other small businesses across Greater Boston as the coronavirus crisis has emptied main streets and town centers that bustled just three weeks ago. On Wednesday comes April 1, and for many businesses one of their biggest bills: rent.
For teenage friends, sudden loss of everyday routines is keenly felt
By Jenna Russell, Globe Staff
Normally, at noon on a Friday, they would have been together at Newton South High School, studying the New Deal in history class. But on this Friday a week ago, nothing was normal. A global pandemic had shut down their school. A frightening new virus was spreading fast. Within days, the state would issue a stay-home advisory, but for the moment, riding bikes was still OK. And with nothing else to do but sit at home on screens and worry, there was solace to be found in friends and fresh air, and a plan to ride somewhere together.
Liberty University brings back its students, and coronavirus, too
By Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times
As Liberty University’s spring break was drawing to a close this month, Jerry Falwell, its president, spoke with the physician who runs Liberty’s student health service about the rampaging coronavirus.
“We’ve lost the ability to corral this thing,” Dr. Thomas Eppes said he told Falwell. But he did not urge him to close the school. “I just am not going to be so presumptuous as to say, ‘This is what you should do, and this is what you shouldn’t do,’” Eppes said in an interview.
Mass. coronavirus cases up nearly 700, with four new fatalities
By Andy Rosen, Globe Staff
There are 4,955 known cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, state officials said Sunday, up nearly 700 from a day earlier. Fatalities associated with the viral outbreak rose by four, to 48, according to the Department of Public Health.