COVID-19 Massachusetts State House Update

May 11, 2020

  • As of Sunay night, DPH reported a total of 77,793 cases of COVID-19.  The state has now confirmed a total of 4,979  deaths from the virus.
  • Governor Baker’s latest extension of his essential work order and stay-at-home advisory is due to expire next Monday, May 18th.
  • The reopening advisory panel led by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito has been busy meeting virtually with people from various industries to try to establish the framework for a safe reopening.
  • It’s unclear, though, just how much the state will reopen on May 18th.
  • Although Governor Baker has eased restrictions on some retailers, he has also stressed that May 18 is merely a deadline for the task force to make recommendations and that he will not allow anything to reopen unless the data tell him it is safe.
  • The Governor has said repeatedly that he wants to see consistent positive trends out of key data points, including the number of new cases, the percentage of tests that come back positive, the number of people being treated for the virus in Massachusetts hospitals and the number of deaths the virus causes.
  • Some key sectors that are closely monitoring the taskforce include the recreational cannabis industry and churches.
  • The Senate on Thursday passed a short-term borrowing bill to bridge the impending gap in state revenues, and also approved a remote voting system to facilitate a final vote on the bill, which may come this week.
  • The bill has already been engrossed the House and they are expected to enact it on Wednesday during a virtual formal session.
  • The House and Senate both plan to meet again on Monday at 11am for informal sessions.

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