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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities, School Districts

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, announce legislation has been filed to provide administrative relief to state and local government entities impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak at a State House SOCIAL DISTANCED press conference on March 24, 2020. The legislation, “An Act to Further Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and School Districts…
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Massachusetts Issues Guidelines to Assisted Living Facilities, Community-Based Providers and Other Caregivers to Reduce Risk of Coronavirus

Boston Strong news Boston, MA: Office of the Gov reports Today the Baker-Polito Administration released new policies  to further protect individuals served in community-based and congregate care settings from respiratory illnesses, including Coronavirus (COVID-19). The new guidance is for Assisted Living Residences, Congregate Care Settings, In-Home Caregivers and Workers (Agency Based and Non-Agency Based), and Community Day Program Settings. This follows Governor Charlie Baker’s Tuesday…
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AG’s Office Issues Guidance on Coronavirus Resources, Warns of Consumer Scams

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Attorney General reports BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is warning Massachusetts residents to be on alert for individuals and businesses that may try to take advantage of uncertainty about the coronavirus. “Fears about the coronavirus are on the rise and so are those looking to capitalize on uncertainty about its impact in Massachusetts,” said AG Healey. “We…
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Coronavirus Pandemic – NEU Moves to Online and Remote Instruction

Boston Strong news Boston, MA: Northeastern Univ. President Joseph E. Aoun reports ADVANCING OUR MISSION IN A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY To all members of the Northeastern Community:  Like everyone on our campuses and around the world, I have been closely following the latest news about the spread of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. It is truly an anxious time for all of humanity. Last…
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CITING COVID-19 OUTBREAK, NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT PUSHES FOR FEDERAL PROTECTIONS FOR F-1 VISA HOLDERS, San Francisco and Silicon Valley Campuses move to Online Teaching

coronavirus 2020 news Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Northeastern University Molly Callahan reports Thousands of international students attend Northeastern University, many of them in the on F-1 student visas. Photo by Billie Weiss/Northeastern University. Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, is urging the Department of Homeland Security to provide relief to students in the on F-1 visas who will likely need to take classes online…
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CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) CONFIRMED IN BOSTON

coronavirus 2020 Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December of 2019. As of March 6, 2020, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in a Boston resident and 3 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19…
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President Trump Signs Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

US STRONG news – Washington, DC: The White House reports President Trump Signs the Congressional Funding Bill for Coronavirus Response President Donald J. Trump, joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, takes questions from the press following the signing of the congressional funding bill for coronavirus response Friday, March 6, 2020, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. (Official White…
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Water Disasters – Urban flooding is becoming more frequent & severe

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Mass Emergency Management Agency MEMA reports Urban flooding is becoming more frequent & severe, with increasingly serious impacts to stormwater infrastructure, vulnerable neighborhoods, local and regional economies, and public health. For more info, see this urban flooding report:
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White House forms Coronavirus Task Force

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference. coronavirus 2020 news US STRONG news – Washington, DC: The White House reports James S. Brady Press Briefing RoomFebruary 26, 2020 6:37 EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, ; Thank you very much. Before I begin, I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the victims and…
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Unleashed Novel Coronavirus SARS COVID-19 to “take a foothold in the U.S.” CDC Warns.

Is a Saturated Medical System Prepared to Handle a Widespread Epidemic ? CDC reports Situation and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that…
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Columbia Gas Over Pressurized Gas Distribution System Caused Explosions, Fires

Boston Strong news ​WASHINGTON, DC: NTSB reports The National Transportation Safety Board determined Tuesday that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts’ deficiencies in management and oversight led to overpressurization of a natural gas distribution system which resulted in a series of fires and explosions in Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. The Sept. 13, 2018, accident occurred after high-pressure natural gas was released into a low-pressure gas distribution system in the northeast region…
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JOINT LAB Bayer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital open innovative chronic lung disease research lab

– Investment of over USD 30 million spanning five years to research and develop new treatments for chronic lung diseases – Joint lab to broaden Bayer’s presence in the Boston ecosystem GREEN CROSS STRONG news – BERLIN GERMANY and BOSTON MA USA PRNewswire reports Bayer and Partners HealthCare’s founding members Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) today announced the launch of a joint lab…
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MA Declares Public Health Emergency, Announces Temporary Four-Month Ban on Sale of All Vape Products

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Governor reports Governor Charlie Baker today declared a public health emergency in response to confirmed and suspected cases of severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping products in the Commonwealth. The Governor called for a temporary four-month statewide ban on the sale of flavored and non-flavored vaping products in both retail…
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Historic Occurrences – 1938 Great New England and Long Island Express Hurricane killed 682+ people

The majority of the storm damage was from storm surge and wind. The winds reached up to 150 mph with waves surging to around 25–35 feet high. Readings from the Blue Hills Observatory showed sustained winds topping 120 miles per hour, with a gust of 186 miles per hour. The 1938 New England Hurricane (also referred to as the Great New England Hurricane and Long Island Express) was one of the deadliest and most…
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‘Superagers’ over 80 have the memory and brain connectivity of 20-somethings

BOSTON STRONG news - Boston, MA: Mass General Hospital reports Research published in the journal Cerebral Cortex has shown that stronger functional connectivity — that is, communication among neurons in various networks of the brain — is linked to youthful memory in older adults. Those with superior memories – called superagers – have the strongest connectivity. The work is the second in a series of…
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Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines approved at BPDA Board Meeting

Informed by Climate Ready Boston, these Guidelines promote best practices for flood resistant design measures BOSTON STRONG news BOSTON, MA: BPDA reports The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors voted to adopt the Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines at its September Board Meeting yesterday. The Guidelines build on Climate Ready Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s ongoing initiative to help Boston plan for the…
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Residents Encouraged to Prepare During Emergency Preparedness Month

FRAMINGHAM, MA: Office of the Gov reports — Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September 2019 as Emergency Preparedness Month to encourage individuals and families to prepare for emergencies and disasters. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Department of Public Health (DPH), and the American Red Cross in Massachusetts, together with their partners will promote emergency preparedness throughout the month through various outreach initiatives. These efforts are…
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Hurricane Safety Tips

MA Emergency Management Agency reports - Boston, MA: Both Tropical Storms (with winds above 39 mph) and Hurricanes (winds above 74 mph) can have deadly coastal storm surge and cause significant damage. What Are Hurricanes? Hurricanes are a rotating low-pressure tropical weather ; Systems with maximum sustained surface winds of less than 39 miles per hour (mph) are called tropical depressions. Those with maximum sustained winds of 39 mph…
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ICE HSI, ERO in Boston supports Federal coordination for 2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

BOSTON STRONG news - ICE reports - Boston, MA: Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) personnel in Boston provided critical support as part of a  federal, state and local law enforcement security effort, implemented for the “2019 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,” held along the Boston Esplanade on July 3 and 4. The Independence Day fireworks display and…
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BOSTON STRONG news – MASS Registry Motor Vehicles Chief Resigns as State admits Failure to get Trucker, who Drove Head On Killing 7 Motorcyclists in NH, Off Road after OUI Arrest

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