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With 37 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Gloucester and one virus-related death in Rockport, some residents are calling for the closure of bridges to Cape Ann.

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BOSTON — The state is ramping up efforts to track down people who may be at risk for contracting COVID-19 because they came into contact with an infected person.

SALEM — The Supreme Judicial Court on Friday ordered judges to consider the risks of jail inmates contracting coronavirus in making bail decisions and in allowing lawyers to re-argue bail in low-level drug cases and non-violent offenses. 

BOSTON — Restaurants will be allowed to sell take-out beer and wine, residents won't have municipal services shut off for not being able to pay bills, and communities will be allowed to postpone town meetings under a relief package approved late Thursday by lawmakers in response to the COVID…

BOSTON — Unemployment benefits could soon become available to thousands more Massachusetts residents now that the federal government has outlined for states how expanded eligibility works under the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.

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A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic that’s all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%.

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Even something as mundane as grocery shopping has drastically changed by the spread of the novel coronavirus and uptick in confirmed cases across the nation, as stores move to protect staff and customers. 

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MANCHESTER — With the final designs for Essex Elementary's Eagles Nest playground due next week, members of the Manchester Essex Regional School Committee are reconsidering if it's viable to continue the project during the coronavirus pandemic.

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BOSTON — The state is boosting its supply of personal protective equipment as it braces for a surge in COVID-19 cases expected over the next few weeks.

BOSTON — Thousands more Massachusetts workers joined the unemployment ranks in the past week, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to shut down wide swaths of the economy.

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The YMCA of the North Shore's locations, including the Cape Ann YMCA, may not be open for its members to workout, but the nonprofit is doing some heavy lifting.

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The novel coronavirus is forcing a transformation of how hospitals operate, as they try to respond to growing numbers of patients and heightened safety concerns in the midst of a global pandemic. 

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BOSTON — Police, firefighters, nurses and other first responders shouldn’t have to dip into their work benefits if they get COVID-19 or come into contact with the coronavirus, according to some lawmakers who want more protections for those on the front lines of the pandemic.

BEVERLY — A local nonprofit that helps families experiencing homelessness is running an “emergency fundraiser” to deal with the coronavarius pandemic.

BOSTON — After the Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case brought by criminal defense lawyers seeking the release or parole of inmates at high risk of COVID-19 infection, Gov. Charlie Baker said he opposed efforts to reduce the prison population solely because of fe…

BOSTON — The roughly $1 billion Massachusetts is set to receive in federal public transit emergency aid will be a "lifeline" to keep agencies rattled by the coronavirus pandemic afloat during uncertain months, advocates say.

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BOSTON — State education officials aren't planning to extend the school year into the summer months to make up days lost to the COVID-19 outbreak, but they won't stop districts from going longer.

If property owners aren't able to pay their real estate tax bills by May 1, the city of Gloucester will be charging them up to 14% interest for each day it is unpaid.

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The $300 million direct assistance to the U.S. seafood industry to mitigate the economic impact of the novel coronavirus is expected to be just the first of a string of federal relief measures enacted in the coming months, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton said Tuesday.

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Last Tuesday night in Tennessee, bluegrass musicians David and Virginia Blood were busy making sandwiches. In Pittsburgh, real estate agent Michelle Bushee was stirring a pot of homemade black bean chili in her kitchen instead of shepherding curious buyers through potential dream homes. Marty Prudenti, whose nights are usually spent working backstage at New York City’s Lincoln Center, was in his Long Island backyard grilling burgers for his twins.

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BOSTON (AP) — The superintendent of a Massachusetts veterans' home has been placed on administrative leave after 11 residents died, including at least five who had tested positive for the coronavirus and another five whose results are pending.

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LAWRENCE — Face masks for health care workers will now be produced at Lawrence’s New Balance factory as the footwear maker shifts to making protective equipment to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

BOSTON — Two months before thousands of Democrats were due to gather in Lowell for an election-year nominating convention, the head of the state Democratic Party said Monday night he would move to cancel the convention out of fear of contributing to the spread of coronavirus.

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First Masses were downsized, the Catholic churches and schools closed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Now, church staffers are being laid off or seeing their pay cut. 

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As people are asked to keep a safe distance away from one another to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, one thing continues to bring the Gloucester community together: food.

Specific eligibility criteria and distribution details for the $300 million in federal assistance to the U.S. seafood industry probably won't be available for at least another two weeks, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken estimated on Monday.

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