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Massachusetts declares state of emergency – Massport “no impact on port at this time”

PortandTerminal.com, March 11, 2020

BOSTON – CNN is reporting that the governor of Massachusetts has just declared a state of emergency.

Massachusetts’ coronavirus cases have more than doubled and the state’s governor declared the state of emergency after employees who attended a company meeting in Boston last month tested positive for the virus.

The state announced 51 new presumptive positive cases Tuesday that are awaiting confirmation by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

No impact on the Port at this time.

Jennifer Mehigan, Spokesperson, Massport

PortandTerminal.com contacted Massport this morning to find out if the Governor’s declaration has affected port operations. Massport spokesperson Jennifer Mehigan has said the following: The state of emergency is has been put into place to help the Governor ability to do things faster- “No impact on the Port at this time. We do not have a statement.”

The surge brings the total number of confirmed or presumptive positive cases in Massachusetts to 92.

There are now 1,015 confirmed cases of the virus in the United States.

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Seventy of the cases are related to employees at Cambridge biotechnology company Biogen, state Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said.Gov.

Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in response to the outbreak.”The purpose of moving forward with these measures now is to act before the numbers increase to the point where the virus spread is severely impacting the commonwealth,” Baker told reporters Tuesday, adding that a spike in cases could overwhelm the state’s systems.

READ: State of Emergency declared in New York as coronavirus spreads

Since the pandemic began in the United States, at least 1,000 cases have been reported. Early data suggests older people are twice as likely to have serious illness from the virus, and officials have said that slowing the spread will depend upon communities taking preventative steps.

Massachusetts joins Washington, California, Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Utah and Oregon on the list states that have declared emergencies across the country.

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