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Newsroom - September 2020

The state once used this measure to calculate coronavirus test positivity. Here's what it says now

Boston Globe, September 30, 2020
The state has used two different ways to look at the state’s coronavirus test positivity rate. Read more »

Baker announces transition to Step 2 of Phase 3 for low-risk communities effective Oct. 5

WHDH, September 29, 2020
BOSTON (WHDH) - Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that effective Monday, lower-risk communities in Massachusetts will be permitted to move into Step II of Phase III of the Commonwealth's reopening plan. Read more »

How California farmworkers are banding together to survive the pandemic

Daniel A. Anderson for Grist, September 24, 2020
A COVID-19 relief package for California’s farmworkers landed on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk last week. Legislators describe the bill as the first of its kind Read more »

North Shore Medical Center, Mass General Brigham Join Lynn City Leaders to Fight COVID-19

Lynn Journal, September 24, 2020
COVID-19 infection rates in Massachusetts may be down overall but they remain stubbornly high in some communities, including Lynn. Read more »

BHCHP CFO Agnes Leung named CFO of 2020 by Boston Business Journal

BHCHP, September 18, 2020
A boisterous congrats to Agnes and we could not be more thrilled or proud of all she has accomplished for BHCHP and those we serve throughout these past 25 years. Read more »

Most kids who died from COVID-19 in the US were children of color new CDC study finds, further highlighting racial disparities in pandemic

MassLive, September 16, 2020
A vast majority of kids who died from the coronavirus in the United States were children of color, a new study from the federal government found. Read more »

Chatham, Dedham, Lynnfield Among 13 Communities At High Risk For Coronavirus

Boston CBS, September 09, 2020
BOSTON (CBS) - Thirteen communities in Massachusetts are now considered high risk for coronavirus infections. The state released an updated color-coded map and data on Wednesday based on average positive test rates. Read more »

Harvest of shame: Farmworkers face coronavirus disaster

Politico, September 08, 2020
President Donald Trump may have made railing against undocumented immigrants central to his political brand, but during the pandemic even his administration has been forced to acknowledge the essential work they do, particularly in keeping the country fed during a crisis. Read more »

D.C. plans to pay the Internet bills for 25,000 low-income families for a year

The Washington Post, September 08, 2020
The D.C. government will cover the monthly Internet bills for about 25,000 low-income families who have students in the city's traditional public and charter schools, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's (D) administration announced Tuesday. Read more »

In Massachusetts, many people want more hard facts on where COVID-19 is popping up

Boston Globe, September 08, 2020
Deb Ternove inhales information about the coronavirus, religiously looking to the state's daily updates for clues about how to safely negotiate the changed world. Read more »

Massachusetts coronavirus positive test rate stays low at 0.9%

Boston Herald, September 08, 2020
Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported eight new coronavirus deaths and 168 new cases as the average positive test rate held steady at 0.9%. Read more »

Charlie Baker announces new campaign aimed at cities with persistently high COVID-19 rates, September 03, 2020
Massachusetts has brought down its positive COVID-19 test rate to 1 percent over the past week, and across the state the average daily rate of infections is 4.2 cases per 100,000 people, just a tick away from the levels health officials consider low risk. Read more »