Who gets a ventilator? New gut-wrenching state guidelines issued on rationing equipment

The guidance suggests assigning patients a priority score that gives preference to healthier patients who have a greater chance of surviving, as well as medical personnel. In the event of tie scores, younger patients are given priority.

As cases and deaths rise, Baker announces funds for health care providers

The state reported that the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts had risen by 96 cases to 356. The number of confirmed cases climbed by 1,365 to 15,202, and the state reported a total of 81,344 people had been tested.

Coronavirus may be hitting harder in Black and Latino communities

As a virus, COVID-19 does not discriminate, but a patchwork of data appears to show the pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on minority communities, several of which are reporting infection rates that outpace their population.

Ed Markey falling short of signatures ahead of May deadline

The Markey campaign has about 7,000 of the 10,000 signatures it needs, the campaign manager said. Joe Kennedy's campaign says it has collected more than 15,000 signatures.

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Coronavirus cases surge at Boston Medical Center; nearly half are related to pandemic

Surge in coronavirus admissions at Boston Medical Center strained its ICU units to capacity this past weekend. Some ambulances were turned away because the ICU was full.

As Passover begins, a new meaning to an ancient story

As Passover begins with Zoom seders in dining rooms all over the world, rabbis find new relevance in an ancient story about perseverance.

Five coronavirus deaths at Newton assisted living facility; 36 residents and 10 staff infected

Residents of The Falls at Cordingly Dam and their families were notified by Benchmark Senior Living that as of Monday five residents have died as a result of complications from COVID-19. An additional 41 residents and 10 workers have tested positive for the virus.

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He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

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Number of homeless people in Boston who have tested positive for coronavirus skyrockets

The number of homeless people in Boston who have been infected with the coronavirus has surged from 5 cases to about 200 in the span of a week, officials said Tuesday. The tally of confirmed cases represents about 30 percent of the local homeless people tested so far. The majority of those who tested positive had no symptoms.

Boston under curfew: scenes from an empty city

On Monday night, just after the mayor’s new curfew went into effect, the city of Boston looked like a shuttered amusement park, all bright lights and no people — the rides were closed.

Mass. dairy farms hit hard by coronavirus shutdown

Statewide, tens of millions of dollars key to local economies hang in the balance. More than 200 dairy farms currently operate in Massachusetts, according to government data.

Massachusetts to launch first US trial of Japanese coronavirus drug

Three Massachusetts hospitals have received approval to launch the first US clinical trial of a Japanese flu drug that could be used to treat COVID-19, according to one doctor involved in the effort.

One-way trail loop to be created at Walden Pond to promote social distancing

A one-way trail loop will be created at Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord to promote social distancing for those looking to get fresh air, officials said.

New Balance ramps up production again at its New England facilities to make masks for Mass. General

Fifty employees are back on the job at a factory in Lawrence, and another 70 in Maine as the sports apparel company pitches in to aid health-care workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She’s young and healthy. But the coronavirus doesn’t check IDs

Nancy Fields has been sick for 17 days, but was only able to get tested on March 30, after nearly two weeks of fevers, sore throat, diarrhea, and the one thing she still has: a cutting, dry cough.

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Beleaguered Faneuil Hall merchants need a break on rents, but landlord isn’t budging

Faneuil Hall merchants haven't seen any revenue since mid-March. But that hasn't stopped their landlord from continuing to charge rents.

Man leaves anti-Semitic graffiti at Brookline synagogue, then pauses to admire message of hate

He wore a blue skull cap, dark glasses, and had a cigarette dangling from his mouth as he left a message of ant-Semitism on the door of a Brookline synagogue, pausing briefly to admire his hate before sauntering off into the darkness of night.

Grandma can get on Zoom, but Mass. state officials can’t get livestreaming to work

State officials postponed a key economic hearing Tuesday due to ‘unexpected technical issues'

If it feels like there are more people out there running, you’re not alone

Avid runners have noticed an influx of people pounding the pavement, since conventional gyms and boutique studios are currently closed.


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Body of RFK granddaughter recovered in Md.; Congressman Kennedy posts moving video tribute

Authorities are continuing their search Monday for a granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and her 8-year-old son, who are presumed dead after they went missing in a canoe Thursday in Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

When the memorial is held on Zoom

On the list of things the coronavirus pandemic has stolen, there may nothing harsher than the ability to gather and say goodbye to a lost loved one.

State probe finds retired Boston school administrator owes city pension fund $67k

The state inspector general says former Boston Public Schools administrator Linda Nathan owes the city's pension fund more than $67,000 for earning more in retirement than allowed under state pension rules.

Amid coronavirus, Pine Manor College’s future uncertain

Pine Manor College, which enrolls mostly low-income and first-generation students, was already struggling financially. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and the Chestnut Hill institution’s future beyond this semester has grown increasingly bleaker, according to state regulators and the regional accreditation agency.

Does covering your face protect you, or not? What’s behind the change in antivirus recommendations.

Just a few weeks ago, the official word from many public health officials was that face masks won’t protect you from the coronavirus, so don’t wear them.

When dying from something other than coronavirus is a blessing

Brian and Mary Keefe are carrying the grief of losing their only child, Michael. But they also feel a profound sense of gratitude.

Isolated from their families, children and adults in group homes struggle for normalcy

The social isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has fallen especially hard on families with special needs children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Federal officials have sent 100 of the 1,700 ventilators Mass. requested. That’s ‘absurd,’ lawmakers say

Warning that Massachusetts hospitals could run out of ventilators in a matter of days, members of the state’s federal delegation are pressing federal officials to fill the state’s request for the highly sought-after medical devices to steel itself against an expected surge of COVID-19 patients.

Marty Walsh, in the age of coronavirus, is decisive. But even he has doubts

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Walsh has relied on his vast network of contacts across Boston to gather information, process the fast-moving crisis, and gut-check his decisions, according to interviews with the mayor and more than a dozen civic, political, and business leaders.

Harvard University president Larry Bacow, recovered from coronavirus along with his wife, says they’re ‘feeling much better'

Harvard University President Larry Bacow and his wife are "feeling much better” after contracting the coronavirus last month, he told a school publication Monday.

Members sue Boston Sports Clubs over continued billing while gyms are closed

Members of Boston Sports Clubs on Monday filed a class action suit against the fitness company, accusing the gym of breaking the law by continuing to collect monthly fees — even though the chain closed all its locations in mid-March because of the coronavirus.

Four more veterans die at Holyoke home

At least 18 of the deceased have tested positive for the coronavirus, and tests are pending for three other veterans.

Mass. reports 1,337 new coronavirus cases, 29 new related deaths

The state reported on Monday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose to 13,837, while the death toll had risen to 260, up from 231 the day before.

He’s essential to keeping the grocery store going — but as my dad, he’s essential to me

We haven’t seen each other in six months. Our schedules don’t allow for routine conversations. I miss him.

Endangered right whales spotted in Cape Cod Bay during spring feeding season

An increasing number of endangered North Atlantic right whales have been spotted feeding off of Massachusetts’ coast in recent weeks, a sign that spring is finally here, researchers at the New England Aquarium said.

Walsh recommends curfew for Boston, asks all to wear masks outside home

Walsh has regularly expressed frustration with people who are continuing to gather in public spaces despite a statewide stay-at-home advisory.

Three more dead at Williamstown nursing home after testing positive for coronavirus

That makes a total of six deaths due to COVID-19 at the Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, according to Lisa Gaudet, the vice president of communications with its parent company, Berkshire Healthcare.


With donations trickling in, $10 ministry continues

Since he began handing out $10 bills to people financially affected by the coronavirus, letters have been trickling in to The Rev. Miniard Culpepper’s Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Dorchester with offerings.

Other states are doing it. Should Massachusetts schools close for the rest of the year?

Keeping schools closed in Massachusetts would be painful, wiping out one third of the academic year and disrupting learning statewide.

Who gets sick with COVID-19, who doesn’t, and why?

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, data on those who fell ill have revealed clear patterns.

Education, Interrupted

Malaki Solo is one of more than 50,000 students in Boston studying at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. Without enough to do, Solo spends much of his time bored inside his small Dorchester apartment.

MBTA employees are also on the front lines, often unnoticed

MBTA employees are also on the front lines, often unnoticed

How about some history, heritage, and a dose of great classical music?

We came across a few things that caught our attention recently as we put our overpriced Internet connectivity to good use.

As colleges go online, a mixed experience for students

Since universities shuttered their campuses in mid-March to help slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, they have scrambled to put classes online. That has involved training legions of professors on how to use the online meeting and teaching tools and trying to retool classes that required hands-on learning.

Hospitals on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket worry about possible need to evacuate patients

In recent weeks, the number of off-season residents on the islands has swelled as people flee New York and other cities for summer homes, and the first coronavirus infections have appeared.

With restaurants closed, New England fishing industry grinds to a halt

The region’s lobstermen, scallopers, and others who land much of the nation’s $5.6 billion commercial catch are facing economic devastation, with many forced to tie up or store their boats in dry dock until the market rebounds.

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Madaline is ready for a family of her own

Madaline is legally freed for adoption, and her social worker believes she could thrive in any type of home environment.

During the crisis, the library is at your fingertips

Libraries are hurriedly adding thousands of titles to their catalogues of electronic books, as online services make borrowing and reading a book online easier than ever.