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COVID-19 PANDEMIC DISASTER – Massachusetts Joins NJ, NY, CT, PA, DE, and RI’s Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the Economy

New Jersey Strong news – Trenton, NJ: NJ Joint Information Center reports Council Will Include One Health Expert, One Economic Development Expert and Respective Chiefs of Staff from Each Will Develop a Fully Integrated Regional Framework to Gradually Lift the States’ Stay at Home Orders While Minimizing the Risk of Increased Spread of the Effort Builds on the States’ Ongoing Regional Approach to Combating COVID-19.…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER DIRTY ZONES – Albertsons and UFCW Launch Joint Effort To Classify Grocery Workers as First Responders During Coronavirus Outbreak

America’s Largest Food & Retail Union Announces New Partnership with Major Grocery Chain  News Strong - WASHINGTON, ;– Today, Albertsons Companies stores — including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel Osco, Vons, Pavilions, and Albertsons supermarkets — joined the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), America’s largest food and retail union, in announcing a joint national effort to seek a temporary designation of “extended first responders” or…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – NEW HOUSING DEDICATED TO BOSTON’S FIRST RESPONDERS, SHELTER STAFF, AND VETERANS SET TO REDUCE FURTHER DISEASE SPREAD

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports The City has secured 334 dedicated beds at various locations to facilitate social distancing and reduce the further spread of COVID-19. Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City has secured 334 dedicated beds at various locations to facilitate social distancing and reduce the further spread of COVID-19 among Boston's first responders, shelter staff, and veterans…
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COVID-19 BOSTON ELECTION DEPARTMENT UPDATE

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports The Boston Election Department will remain open to the public during normal business hours, 9 - 5 , only on Tuesdays and Fridays. In-person meetings are by appointment ; We encourage anyone interested in registering to vote to do so online, or submit a mail-in voter registration form. For in-person meetings, please use our online booking scheduler. NOMINATION…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – MAYOR WALSH COVID-19 ANNOUNCES PARKING TICKET AMNESTY FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

April 7, 2020 - Mayor Martin Walsh sports a non-medical Patriots face mask during a press briefing at Boston City Hall during the Covid-19 Pandemic. (Mayor's Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson) Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports The Boston Transportation Department has launched a new mapping tool for healthcare workers to find parking spaces in Boston. “With our Boston Transportation…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – BOSTON MAYOR WALSH DONS A MASK ASKING EVERYONE TO WEAR ONE OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOME

BOSTON STRONG news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports REDUCE EXPOSURE BY WEARING A FACE MASK ! (Boston, MA 4/5/20) Mayor Martin Walsh leaves the podium after donning a mask following his press conference at City Hall asking that everyone wear a mask outside of their home. (Mayor’s Office Photo by John Wilcox) STRICTER MEASURES IN PLACE FOR SOCIAL, PHYSICAL DISTANCING TO CURB…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – PATRIOT’S JET TO SHENZHEN CHINA and RETURN WITH FIRST PLANELOAD OF FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE PROTECTION SUPPLIES

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Kraft Entertainment reports It took a lot of teamwork to secure the mask shipment on our team plane. The Patriots and Revolution Foundation is providing personal protective equipment to the brave doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and first responders are who are fighting COVID-19 on the front lines. In the midst of uncertain times as our world faces new challenges…
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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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