Massachusetts governor extends statewide school closure
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has extended the shutdown of state schools into early May, in the latest step to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Baker said all schools, public and private, and all non-emergency day care facilities would be shut down until Monday, May 4.
The announcement came as state public health officials reported that the total number of coronavirus-related deaths had risen to 15, up from 11 the day before. Officials reported 679 new confirmed cases of the disease, bringing the tally in Massachusetts to 1,838, up from 1,159. Officials said 19,794 people had been tested as of Wednesday, up from 13,749.