Wednesday, May 13, 2020

In the News: Baker announces $1B budget bill at visit to Ashland biotech firm

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"With the cost of the bill expected to be covered by the federal government through reimbursements and other federal funding sources, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday filed a $1 billion supplemental budget bill to help cover COVID-19-related expenses.

Baker announced that Tuesday afternoon after touring MatTek Life Sciences, a biotechnology company headquartered in Ashland that has been developing coronavirus testing materials and hand sanitizer.

“We remain, as we said before, one of the hardest hits states by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we still have a lot to do, and a way to go to contain the infection rate and reduce the number of people that need serious hospital care,” Baker said.

As of March 12, the state has conducted 401,496 tests. Of those tested, 79,332 have tested positive and 5,141 people have died, according to the Department of Public Health. On Monday, the state conducted 6,768. Of those tested, approximately 13% tested positive."

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