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Coronavirus Pandemic – MassHealth Issues Initial Termination Notices to Three Nursing Homes

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Governor reports MassHealth issued initial termination notices to three private nursing facilities that have failed to meet the standards and requirements of the MassHealth program during the COVID-19 crisis and have a historic record of poor performance. Two of these nursing facilities were identified in the Nursing Facility Task Force’s report issued in January 2020 prior…
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Harvard University Strategic Scientist Professor Charged with Tax Offenses related to Wuhan China University of Technology

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: US DOJ Boston reports Dr. Charles Lieber was previously indicted on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program. BOSTON – The former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was charged today in a superseding indictment with tax offenses for failing to report income he received from Wuhan…
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Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster – Don’t Touch Your Face or Mask with Dirty Gloves. Face Mask Coverings are Now Mandatory in Public at All Times and When Using Any Means of Transportation Service or Public Mass Transit

Boston Strong news Boston, MA: Office of the Governor reports NewsStrong .com Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster - DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE WITH A USED GLOVE. WEAR A MASK WHEN NOT AT HOME. SOCIAL DISTANCE 6 FEET WITH A MASK COVERING YOUR NOSE & MOUTH. Office of the Governor reports Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito tour Cartamundi converted to PPE production. Governor Charlie Baker and Lt.…
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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 – Rapid results from new in-housing testing at Boston Medical Center has significant implications as health systems plan for dwindling resources

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Boston Medical Center HealthCity Dave Wedge reports As the healthcare tsunami that is COVID-19 first crested on the West Coast, George Murphy, PhD connected with colleagues there to find out how scientists like him could blunt the impending patient surge for frontline medical providers farther east. Two major issues persisted: testing availability and result times. Decreasing these wait times would be crucial toward…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – PRESIDENT TRUMP SENDS COMFORT TO NEW YORK CITY

200328-N-UP035-1690 NORFOLK, Va. (March 28, 2020) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) departs Naval Station Norfolk, March 28. Comfort is preparing to deploy in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore-based hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – Boston Resiliency Fund provides emergency grants to food access and healthcare system support for Boston residents

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Less than 10 days after it was first launched in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the  Boston Resiliency Fund has surpassed its goal of raising $20 million. The Fund was established last Monday as a means to provide essential services to first responders, critical care providers and Boston…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC -CITY TEMPORARY APPROVES USE OF PLASTIC BAGS AT BOSTON STORES

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Mayor Martin J. Walsh today issued a temporary Executive Order allowing plastic bag use in Boston for certain businesses during the public health emergency of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Under the Executive Order, the City of Boston has granted temporary exemptions to Boston's plastic bag ordinance, which had restricted plastic bag use in the City of…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – Computer Distribution to Boston Public School Students Begins

(Boston, MA 3/20/20) Members of the Boston Teachers Union take Chromebooks to their cars as they help distribute the computers to Boston students in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Mayor’s Office Photo by John Wilcox) Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Computer distribution to Boston Public School students. Schools are closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – mfa BOSTON Closes, Cancels May Events

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Art Director Matthew Teitelbaum reports I am deeply inspired by the sense of community I have witnessed as we collectively address the challenges we all face. MFA members and visitors are foremost in my thoughts and your safety and security are of greatest concern. As we closely monitor guidelines regarding public gatherings, we have come to…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – New Coronavirus Stable for Hours on Surfaces. Shipping Boxes May Arrive with Living Deadly Virus

US STRONG news – Washington, DC: NIAID reports The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols…
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ICE FIELDS – COVID-19 Disruption Adjusts Enforcements Posture

US Strong news - Washington, DC: ICE reports Statement attributable Immigration and Customs Enforcement To ensure the welfare and safety of the general public as well as officers and agents in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will temporarily adjust its enforcement posture beginning today, March 18, 2020. ICE's highest priorities are to promote life-saving and public safety activities.…
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Coronavirus Pandemic – Contagious Hoarding Disruption Clearing Supermarket Shelves. Voluntary Quantity Limits Requested, “Contact Free” Procedures Offered to Customers with Fever or Flu Symptoms

US STRONG news – Boise, Idaho: President Vivek Sankaran, Albertsons Companies, Inc. reports To our valued customers and neighbors, At Albertsons Companies, we know the important roles our store and pharmacy play in your life and we are grateful for the trust you put in us for your ;As the situation around Coronavirus has developed, we have been and will continue to monitor all information…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH ADDRESSES THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

BOSTON STRONG news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Good evening. I know that many people are feeling fear and anxiety about the spread of the coronavirus. That’s entirely understandable. This is an unprecedented situation, both in the nature of the public health challenge and in the steps we are taking to protect our residents. So tonight I want to talk to you:…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – LICENSING BOARD ADVISORY FOR BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND CLUBS

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports City of Boston Licensing Board advisory regarding the status of the prohibition of on-premise consumption of food and alcohol and the limitation on capacity. As you may be aware, due to the ongoing public health concerns related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both the Licensing Board for the City of Boston (the…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – REMOTE LEARNING SET FOR CLOSED SCHOOLS

BOSTON STRONG news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Innovation and Technology. Boston Public Schools is working to ensure that students’ remote learning needs are met during their time away from school. Students were able to take home a Chromebook from school on Monday, March 16. Additional Chromebooks will be deployed during the closure. Parents will receive an invitation to sign up for a…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – A MESSAGE FROM BOSTON DISABILITY COMMISSIONER KRISTEN MCCOSH

BOSTON STRONG news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports I hope you are all doing well under these unprecedented circumstances. I know there is a lot of uncertainty in our community at this time, so I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that the Boston Disability Commission is working closely with City officials to address the needs of people with disabilities,…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY TO BE SUSPENDED IN CITY; LIBRARY LOCATIONS, BCYF CENTERS TO CLOSE

BOSTON STRONG news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a series of updates relating to construction activity, the Boston Public Library system, and the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF). As a reminder, all Boston Public Schools will be closed starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 until Monday, April 27, 2020. Should the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public…
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