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Statues of Dr. Seuss and The Cat In The Hat in Springfield, Massachusetts.
elefanterosado / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/22233916@N03

Six Dr. Seuss titles — including a well-known children's book set on Mulberry Street in Springfield, Massachusetts — will no longer be published.

Nurses talk to a patient at the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

A day before Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is set to testify before lawmakers on the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, he announced 11 regional vaccination sites in the state, including locations in Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire counties.

A sign upon entering Amherst, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / Masslive / Masslive.com

Updated at 5:44 p.m. 

The town of Amherst, Massachusetts, will keep in place capacity limits and a business curfew — both of which were set to loosen on Monday — as part of efforts to contain a COVID-19 outbreak at its flagship University of Massachusetts campus.

MGM Springfield reopened in July 2020 after a four-month closure due to COVID-19.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

As they shift back to 24/7 operations now that Gov. Charlie Baker's 9:30 p.m. curfew for businesses has been lifted, none of the three gaming facilities in Massachusetts have come close to encroaching on the 25% capacity limit that remains in effect, regulators at the Gaming Commission said Thursday.

Lutitia Tibbetts, in a file photo from 2018, doesn't have a computer and has not been able to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine through the Massachusetts state website.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

Frustration about the state’s rocky COVID-19 vaccine rollout and its impact on older adults continued to escalate Thursday, even as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker promised more appointments would become available and the launch of a new call center to help with scheduling.

A health care worker places a cotton swab into a vile after taking a sample from someone being tested for COVID-19 last month at a drive-through testing area at Somerville Hospital.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced on Monday an expansion of free COVID-19 testing in the western part of the state.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at a press conference Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Communities across Massachusetts have made "excellent progress" slowing the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday, praising Springfield’s approach in particular.

UMass Amherst football players.
UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts is canceling its 2020 football season, officials announced Tuesday.

The campus of UMass Amherst.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

Updated 4:25 p.m.

UMass Amherst has reversed its plans to allow students to decide whether to return to campus housing.

John Velis of Westfield in a file photo.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Democrats claimed victory in two Massachusetts special elections Tuesday, seizing state Senate seats that had long been held by Republicans in races that party chair Gus Bickford said reflected a rejection of President Donald Trump's politics.

Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
State of Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker is ready to let people tee off in Massachusetts again.

Customers at Trader Joe's in Hingham, Massachusetts, practiced social distancing on April 20, 2020..
Michael P. Norton / State House News Service

Hours after Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cautioned against drawing conclusions from a five-day drop in new confirmed COVID-19 cases, that streak came to an end with the Department of Public Health's report of 1,745 new cases Wednesday, up from 1,556 on Tuesday.

Easthampton High School.
Mary Serreze / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Updated at 8:23 p.m.

Massachusetts school buildings will remain closed to students for the rest of this school year, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday, a dramatic step aimed at preventing a rebound in COVID-19 transmission once the state emerges from the worst of the outbreak. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker at a recent press conference on the coronavirus.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

On the heels of the two deadliest days so far in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said Sunday morning that "we're right in the middle of the surge now." A top White House official highlighted the state as an area where the continued spread of COVID-19 is a concern.

A medical worker talks to a man going through the testing process at Connecticut's first COVID-19 rapid testing center in New Haven, Connecticut.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Massachusetts recorded nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 infections and 156 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, according to statistics posted Saturday afternoon by state public health officials.

A N95 respirator mask.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Massachusetts has more than 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections as of Thursday, one of the highest state totals in the country, as Gov. Charlie Baker said the peak demand on hospitals is approaching fast.

The new president of MGM Springfield, Chris Kelley, helps unloading the food the casino donated to Open Pantry after regulators ordered the resort closed.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

As expected, casino revenue plunged in Massachusetts in March, according to the latest report from state gambling regulators.

FBI investigators on scene at Lori Lane in East Longmeadow, Mass., on April 15, 2020.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

An East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, man is accused of trying to blow up a Jewish assisted-living residence in Longmeadow.

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said town-by-town COVID-19 data will help "identify potential hotspots."
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Chelsea, Brockton, Randolph and Williamstown are the four Massachusetts communities with the highest rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, according to municipal-level data released by state health officials for the first time on Wednesday. 

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Gov. Charlie Baker toured a field medical station at Joint Base Cape Cod on April 14, 2020.
John Tlumacki / Boston Globe / Pool

Total deaths in Massachusetts linked to the coronavirus pandemic approached 1,000 on Tuesday as Gov. Charlie Baker touted the opening of one field hospital and announced plans for two others.

A sign in early April at Look Park in Florence, Massachusetts.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

Amid reports that President Donald Trump would like to reopen the economy by May 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Monday that he has begun to think about how to reawaken the state from its "self-induced coma," but declined to share many details as he worries that people might start to let their guards down.

An Easter Bunny walked up Bartlett Street in Weymouth, Mass., across from a person wearing a protective mask.
Michael P. Norton / State House News Service

Massachusetts reported another 2,615 cases of coronavirus on Easter Sunday as the death toll from the disease climbed to 756 and families across Massachusetts did their best to celebrate a major religious and cultural holiday remotely.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno.
Douglas Hook / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is lashing out at federal and state officials after the city was denied N95 respirator masks for police officers and firefighters.

Hartford Hospital personnel during drive-through testing on March 24.
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public / NENC

The number of COVID-19 fatalities in Massachusetts surged upwards Tuesday as the state reported the deaths of 96 residents and the number of confirmed cases in the Bay State surpassed 15,000. Twenty-six of the newly deceased were western Massachusetts residents.

Testing equipment.
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public Radio / NENC

There’s a troubling spike in the death rate from COVID-19 in one western Massachusetts county, according to state data. 

A health care worker hands a mask to someone wanting to be tested for COVID-19 at a testing tent at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The number of deaths in Massachusetts caused by the coronavirus eclipsed 200 on Saturday with 24 new fatalities from COVID-19 reported by the Department of Public Health. Of the 24 new deaths, 11 were from western Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
State House News Service

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts surpassed 10,000 as the state wrapped up its fourth week under a state of emergency. 

The projected effects of social distancing in Massachusetts.
State of Massachusetts

In a matter of "weeks and months," as many as 172,000 Massachusetts residents could become infected with the coronavirus and the surge of COVID-19 patients hospitals have been preparing for is now expected to hit sometime between April 10 and April 20, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday afternoon.

Members of the Connecticut National Guard unload equipment on March 31 for a 250-bed field hospital at Southern Connecticut State University. A similarly-sized field hospital is being set up in Worcester.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Visiting the Worcester arena that's being turned into the state's first COVID-19 field hospital, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday disclosed plans to set up a similar operation at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to bolster the capacity of the health care system as the state prepares for a surge in coronavirus infections in the coming days. 

Members of the National Guard load boxes of protective gear onto a cart at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The number of veterans who recently died at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home has climbed to 13, at least six of whom have tested positive for COVID-19, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday as he pledged to "figure out what happened" at the home.

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