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Massachusetts reported five newly confirmed coronavirus deaths and about 820 newly confirmed cases Tuesday, pushing the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 9,537 and its confirmed caseload to nearly 142,300.


Gloucester’s COVID-19 case count continues to rise, which city officials attributed to free testing being conducted at Stage Fort Park and contact tracing efforts.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker rolled out a new $45.5 billion budget late last week that boosts funding for cities, towns and schools over the previous fiscal year, but some lawmakers say it won't go far enough to buoy pandemic-battered local governments.


The number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Gloucester jumped again late last week, and as a result the city is hosting three free COVID-19 testing clinics this week.

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra on Friday extended its live performance hiatus and canceled the popular Holiday Pops concerts and the remainder of its winter/spring season through April.


While the city of Gloucester is not closing down any restaurants or businesses due to the uptick in coronavirus cases this past week, some are taking it upon themselves to pause business as usual. 

SALEM — A Salem woman who was tapped by Gov. Charlie Baker in June to temporarily take over the Department of Veterans Services amid reports that a COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldier's Home was badly mishandled is now being appointed to the position permanently, the governor's office a…

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BOSTON — Long-term care facilities would need to phase out residential rooms that hold more than two people and meet a minimum staff care level under regulatory changes outlined by the state Department of Public Health.

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BOSTON (AP) — The number of Massachusetts cities and towns that are considered at high risk for transmission of the coronavirus has grown to 63 from 40 in just one week, according to the state Department of Public Health.


Despite having to close up shop for a few months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a Gloucester business geared towards creating collaborative workspace is not only open — it has created a second location. 

BOSTON — From a minimum wage increase to rising health care and unemployment insurance, a "perfect storm" of higher labor costs could force some storefronts to go dark and slow the state's economic recovery, business leaders warn.

Here are the latest numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases on Cape Ann, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:

As Mayor Romeo Theken announced an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Gloucester this past week, a number of those infected by the virus were isolated cases in the city’s schools. 


BOSTON — With a state ban on evictions set to expire this week, the Baker administration has rolled out a new $171 million program to help tenants and landlords impacted by the coronavirus but won't extend the moratorium.

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The state Department of Public Health reported more than 730 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, but that was out of nearly 19,600 people tested.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to skip next week's debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden after organizers said it would be held virtually because of the president's COVID-19 diagnosis — more evidence that the race will be defined by the coronavirus despite the Whi…

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