Beacon Hill Update from Mass Access -September 28, 2020September 28, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
As of Sunday night, DPH reported a total of 128,426 cases of COVID-19.
The state has now confirmed a total of 9,191 deaths from the virus.
The House and Senate will both meet in informal sessions Monday at 11am.
Massachusetts will scrap Oregon’s exemption from travel restrictions this weekend, placing it back onto a larger list of states subject to quarantine or testing requirements.
Starting Saturday, travelers heading to Massachusetts from Oregon must fill out a form explaining their trip and, upon arrival, either self-quarantine for 14 days or test negative for COVID-19.
Following Oregon’s removal, nine states will remain on the lower-risk list: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington.
Black leaders from across Massachusetts renewed calls Sunday for the state Legislature to pass a police reform bill, hosting an online rally to draw attention to a list of desired changes.
In a letter sent to state lawmakers, community leaders, clergy, and civil rights organizations outlined several measures intended to curb racism among police departments, including the implementation of statewide standards and training for officers, limits on police use of force, and a civil service exam commission.”
The two top leaders at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home will face criminal charges for their alleged role in exacerbating a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.
Attorney General Healey alleged that Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former medical director David Clinton put veterans’ lives at risk by combining residents who were symptomatic or COVID-positive into close quarters with residents who were still asymptomatic.
A statewide grand jury on Thursday indicted Walsh, a 50-year-old Springfield resident, and Clinton, a 71-year-old South Hadley resident, each on five counts of caretaker neglect of an elder or disabled person and five counts of causing or permitting serious bodily injury to an elder or disabled person.
Both charges are felonies, with each neglect charge carrying a maximum prison sentence of three years and each serious bodily injury charge carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years.