Thursday, August 6, 2020

In the News: MA joints state compact on PPE; MA adds RI to restrictions list

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

"Massachusetts is among seven states that are entering formal talks with manufacturers with the goal of facilitating rapid point-of-care antigen tests that could more quickly detect COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, schools and congregate care settings.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who announced the interstate testing compact Tuesday, negotiated the agreement with the Rockefeller Foundation in his final days as chairman of the National Governors Association. Plans call for each state to purchase 500,000 tests.

“Increasing both testing capacity and access to testing is a critical part of stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “We are pleased to join this interstate compact and look forward to working with this bipartisan group of governors to collectively build on these shared goals.”

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"Rhode Island on Tuesday was added to travel advisory lists for Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The new rules for self-quarantines when traveling from Rhode Island to those states were imposed after Rhode Island saw recent upticks in coronavirus cases.

The rules apply to Rhode Islanders traveling to those states, as well as to people returning to those states from visits to Rhode Island. There are some exceptions, like people who have been in Rhode Island for less than 24 hours.

Massachusetts added Rhode Island later on Tuesday, hours after the tri-state area did. There are exceptions in Massachusetts, like going to work or producing a negative test. Massachusetts’ order is effective Friday."

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