Charlie Baker’s reopening orders to address rise in coronavirus cases

BOSTON MA. – OCTOBER 1: Gov Charlie Baker speaks to the media on the Coronavirus and the Green Line Extension Project at what will be the future Lechmere T stop on October 1, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
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BOSTON –  After a weekend that saw the number of COVID-19 deaths surpass 10,000 and as the number of people who need hospital care for a coronavirus infection rises, Gov. Charlie Baker will announce new orders related to the state’s economic reopening on Monday afternoon.

The governor’s office said he, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders will detail “new executive orders affecting the reopening process due to recent increases in new cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 across the state” at a 1:30 p.m. press conference.

There were 2,431 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Massachusetts over the weekend, 10,013 people with confirmed or probable cases of the virus have died here since mid-March, and the autumn resurgence of the virus appears to be underway.

The state has reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day for more than a week.

Baker’s press conference will be livestreamed from the State House shortly after 1:30 p.m.

On Friday, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that she was cutting her state’s gathering limit from 15 to 10 people, prohibiting spectators at youth sporting events for the next two weeks, curtailing visits at hospitals and nursing homes, and closing indoor athletic facilities for one week. She said Rhode Island was “on a path” to opening a field hospital in the next few weeks, according to WPRI.