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.

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.

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.

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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.

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The house at 212 Forest St.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

A pandemic that ruptures familiar rituals around dying and death

We can no longer assume that our loved ones will pass away in their familiar homes surrounded by family and friends, that they will be eulogized at well-attended funerals, and that they will be buried or cremated with their beloveds standing witness.

Plan to turn nursing homes into COVID-19 recovery sites stirs anxiety

The virus has had a devastating impact on senior housing, infecting 480 patients at 94 long-term care facilities as of Saturday, according to state figures.

24 more coronavirus-related deaths, more than 1,300 new confirmed cases in Mass.; hospital executive pledges salary to lowest-paid workers

The state totals now stands at more than 11,700 cases and more than 200 deaths. Meanwhile, the pandemic continued to reshape daily life.

Residents and families angry and helpless as coronavirus overwhelms nursing homes

The lack of preparation and communication has left the families of residents feeling angry and helpless. Many say senior care homes were caught off guard by the virus, and didn’t have the proper equipment or testing ability. They said they find it difficult to reach anyone who can tell them what’s going on.

Dispatch from MGH: Emotional limbo on the front lines of caring for the very sick with COVID-19

Mass. General allowed a Boston Globe reporter into the hospital for one day, to witness firsthand how doctors, nurses, and other staff are coping with this crisis.

Family remembers the daughter, grandson of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

"Maeve shone. The fire emanating from her soul warmed us all.”

Pomp and (tumultuous) circumstance — 50 years apart

Emmanuel College is postponing its commencement, just like it did in 1970 after another national convulsion: the shootings at Kent State.

Kurt Fischer died Monday. His family will never know if it was COVID-19

This pandemic has transformed the way we live, and the way we die. Kurt Fischer’s casket was lowered into the ground at a cemetery in Belmont on Friday. No minister attended. Only Fischer’s wife, a friend, and one of his daughters were there. His other children watched via FaceTime. They don’t know what caused his death, and they never will.

Coronavirus consumes Trump’s presidency — and Biden’s plan to take him on this spring

The 2020 election is now likely to turn on Trump’s handling of the crisis. And some analysts say Biden could benefit from the disproportionate focus on Trump.

Daughter, grandson of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend presumed dead after going missing in Chesapeake Bay

Maeve Fahey Kennedy Townsend, 41, and her son, 8-year-old Gideon were believed to have died as searchers suspended efforts after more than a day of scouring the Chesapeake Bay, Kennedy Townsend’s husband, David McKean, said in a statement posted to Facebook on Friday night.

51 residents positive for coronavirus at Wilmington nursing home, despite having no symptoms

AdviniaCare at Wilmington, which has 142 beds, tested 98 residents and found 51 were positive for COVID-19, Pointe Group Care LLC said in a statement Friday.

Mass. reports 38 more coronavirus-related deaths; number of confirmed cases rises to 10,402

The state announced Friday that the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Massachusetts had risen by 38 cases to 192 and that the number of confirmed cases had risen to 10,402.

As coronavirus spreads, specialists say everyone should be wearing face masks in public

“This is voluntary,” Trump told reporters at the White House, after announcing the recommendation. “I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.”

Teacher unions push to cancel MCAS testing

The state’s largest teachers union has stepped up its efforts to kill MCAS testing this spring, outraged the House passed a bill Thursday night that could allow the standardized exams to take place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

State’s top court OK’s potential release of prisoners being held for trial to ease ‘coronavirus crisis’

Jail detainees charged with certain crimes, including those involving the threat or use of violence, are excluded.

‘It’s almost like an endurance sport’: How long would you wait in a drive-through line?

Desperate for coffee and an excuse to get out of the house, people are flocking to drive-thru windows.

Amid pandemic, state moving infected and non-infected alike from Chelsea Soldiers’ Home

State officials have begun transferring veterans who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home to a newly converted ward at the Bedford VA Medical Center, where several more are expected to arrive Friday, officials said.

New England Aquarium cuts staff jobs, hours in wake of coronavirus shutdown

On Friday the New England Aquarium announced that was significantly cutting back its workforce as a way to stave off losses incurred while the institution is shut down during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Years of understaffing, mismanagement set deadly stage for coronavirus outbreak at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, employees say

Several grave missteps allowed the virus to race virtually unchecked through a state-run home that had been placed on high alert to protect its elderly, infirm residents against a pandemic.