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Coronavirus fallout: 47 MBTA workers, including 28 bus drivers, test positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus fallout: 47 MBTA workers, including 28 bus drivers, test positive for COVID-19

By The MBTA says 47 of its workers have now tested positive for the coronavirus.Of those 47 employees, 28 are bus operators, two are subway motor persons and two are trolley motor persons, T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.“Additionally, five employees recovered after testing positive and one employee passed away,” Pesaturo said.Officials say they’ve distributed Personal Protective Equipment to bus and train operators across the transportation system, including sanitizer, protective eyewear and gloves. There are 2,683 vehicle operators across the whole of...

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Apr 8, 2020
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Coronavirus financial losses prompt Boston Medical Center to furlough 700 employees, 10% of hospital’s workforce

Coronavirus financial losses prompt Boston Medical Center to furlough 700 employees, 10% of hospital’s workforce

By Due to financials losses from the coronavirus pandemic, Boston Medical Center is furloughing 700 employees, roughly 10% of the hospital’s workforce, news outlets reported.BMC President Kate Walsh told employees in an email Tuesday the cutbacks are due to a sudden and significant decrease in revenue, according to a report from .“We have reassigned a number of staff members and made the difficult decision to furlough approximately 10 percent of our health system workforce,” Walsh said, according to the Globe. “Although furloughed employees will cease to work temporarily, they will remain...

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Apr 1, 2020
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Coronavirus good news: Shipment of 300,000 masks from New England Patriots’ plane en route to New York City with Massachusetts State Police as its escort

Coronavirus good news: Shipment of 300,000 masks from New England Patriots’ plane en route to New York City with Massachusetts State Police as its escort

By A large shipment of personal protective equipment brought over to the United States from the New England Patriots’ team airplane is on the next leg of its journey - with state police from across the region escorting the package.In the most recent update on the status of hundreds of thousands of face masks transported to the U.S. via the Patriots plane, the heavy cargo load has stopped in Connecticut while en route to New York. The PPE is much needed in the wake of the pandemic, officials have said.“A shipment of masks is on its way to NYC health care personnel treating Coronavirus...

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Apr 3, 2020
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Second Amendment activists protest closure of gun stores in Massachusetts amid coronavirus outbreak

Second Amendment activists protest closure of gun stores in Massachusetts amid coronavirus outbreak

By Second Amendment activists gathered outside Nick’s Sports Shop in Palmer Friday to protest Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to close all gun shops in Massachusetts amid the coronavirus outbreak.“How can you bear arms without buying [arms],” said Andrew Kuchar, an attorney specializing in gun rights. “There are many police forces across the state that have officers that are sick at home. People need to be able to defend themselves. They need to be able to defend their house, their property and their families, you know by closing this down and making [the] operation of a gun store is illegal...

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Apr 18, 2020
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Gov. Charlie Baker set to announce golf courses reopening in Massachusetts under specific guidelines during coronavirus pandemic, sources say

Gov. Charlie Baker set to announce golf courses reopening in Massachusetts under specific guidelines during coronavirus pandemic, sources say

By Update, May 7, 10 a.m. ET: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will announce that golf courses in Massachusetts will be able to reopen.Sources told MassLive the golf courses will be able to open under specific guidelines, which are expected to be released and detailed on Thursday.MassLive learned golf courses could open as early as Thursday. Two have already said they are taking tee times for Friday and will be open.Golf courses will not be allowed to have players use carts, the bathrooms or clubhouses.Kettle Brook Golf Club in Paxton and Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston announced...

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May 7
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Nintendo hacked: About 160,000 accounts have personal information exposed

Nintendo hacked: About 160,000 accounts have personal information exposed

By Video game company Nintendo 160,000 accounts were recently hacked and had personal information exposed. According to the company, someone used a flaw associated with Nintendo Network ID logins to gain access to the affected accounts. Nintendo says it is ending the ability to log in that way and it will be notifying possibly affected accounts to change their passwords.No financial data was exposed in the hack, but Nintendo says a user’s nickname, date of birth, country, region, and email address were potentially exposed. That information can be used by hackers to track down other accounts...

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Apr 24
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Baystate Medical Center nurse arrived home from 12-hour shift to find home on fire

Baystate Medical Center nurse arrived home from 12-hour shift to find home on fire

By Update: An earlier version of the story incorrectly identified the location of the Mercer family’s home. It is located in Chicopee. After working a 12-hour shift as a nurse at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield on Monday, Caira Mercer arrived home with her family to see their Chicopee home up in flamesThe fire displaced the family of four who weren’t injured but are now living in a hotel for the foreseeable future.Family organized a to help offset the cost of the damage. It reached more than $15,000 worth of donations as of Wednesday morning.“If it isn’t enough that my sister has...

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Apr 22
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Massachusetts economy declined 6.1% in first quarter says economists who warn of more coronavirus pain to come

Massachusetts economy declined 6.1% in first quarter says economists who warn of more coronavirus pain to come

By The Massachusetts real gross domestic product declined 6.1% in the first quarter of 2020, according toThis shrinking, attributed to the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to slow its spread, was steeper than the decline in the , 4.8%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.The Massachusetts and U.S. economies currently are in a recession that began in the second half of March, triggered by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, MassBenchmarks, a study of the state’s economy put out by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the UMass Donahue Institute.In the fourth quarter of 2019,...

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May 4
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Election 2020: Sen. Ed Markey’s campaign workers unionize, a first for state races in Massachusetts

Election 2020: Sen. Ed Markey’s campaign workers unionize, a first for state races in Massachusetts

By Sen. ’s re-election campaign workers have unanimously agreed to unionize, a first for statewide campaigns in Massachusetts.The campaign and Teamsters Local 122 announced a contract covering 27 staffers on Wednesday afternoon, including organizers, communications and digital media teams and finance assistants. Health care benefits, for which the staffers were already fully covered, have been extended to include full coverage for their families, up from 33% previously. The contract also established a paid time off schedule.“The Markey for Senate campaign is worker-powered, and our...

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Apr 29
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Coronavirus: 'Some Good News’ actor John Krasinski to host, DJ virtual prom for students’ whose prom was canceled due to pandemic

Coronavirus: 'Some Good News’ actor John Krasinski to host, DJ virtual prom for students’ whose prom was canceled due to pandemic

By Actor John Krasinski, known for his roles in “The Office” and “A Quiet Place,” is now taking on the role of prom DJ.The Massachusetts native has been hosting a YouTube series called The show highlight good news during the coronavirus pandemic, including hosting David Ortiz and surprising Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center employees with free Red Sox tickets for life.He tweeted that one of his favorite segments on the snow is, “What’d I miss?” He pointed out that many across the country are missing prom this year due to the .Ok ok... so one of our favorite segments on is “What’d I...

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Apr 16, 2020
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