Health care dominated political dialogue leading up to the coronavirus crisis this month and if voters in the nation’s heartland are an accurate yardstick, the struggle over the best way to provide it will escalate on the road to November's election.

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Gov. Charlie Baker made an appeal Saturday for Massachusetts residents to donate blood, calling it a way to save lives as the state strives to prevent its health care system from becoming overwhelmed by the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the shutdown of Massachusetts' education system in response to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic enters its third week, districts are starting to shift where they're putting resources.

DANVERS — An advocacy group representing families of people with developmental disabilities says state officials have been slow to react to the coronavirus pandemic — putting thousands of developmentally disabled and autistic residents of group homes and other facilities, and their caretaker…

BOSTON -- Nurse practitioners have been temporarily cleared to see patients without a doctor's supervision as the state maneuvers to fill a shortage of medical personnel dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

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IPSWICH — An Ipswich man has died from injuries he received when he and two others were struck by a car while riding their bikes Thursday on Topsfield Road in Ipswich, the district attorney's office said Friday. 

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BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers will have another three months to file state income tax returns as the state takes additional steps to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.

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SALEM — The City Council entered a new era Thursday night when it called to order, set aside money for COVID-19 pandemic response and squashed bad actors in the stream’s chat, all without ever being in the same room.

SALEM – Thursday night’s Council meeting saw several votes — all of them unanimous — and the typical discussion that surrounds agenda items worth more than procedural votes. That included a $250,000 request from Driscoll for as-yet-unrealized COVID-19 expenses.

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SALEM — Congressman Seth Moulton announced an about-face Thursday on his support for a resolution condemning China for its early handling of the COVID-19 pandemic which many said could stoke anti-Asian sentiment.

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IPSWICH — An Ipswich family of three, out to enjoy a sunny Thursday afternoon bike ride, have all been hospitalized with serious to critical injuries after being struck by an small SUV.

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SWAMPSCOTT— The Select Board and Board of Health Wednesday night voted for a stay-at-home order for the town to hammer home the message for people to "self-isolate" to slow the spread of COVID-19.

BOSTON – Nurse practitioners may soon be cleared to see patients without a doctor's supervision, as the state maneuvers to fill a shortage of medical personnel dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

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BEVERLY — A small company that has been making religious garments for 40 years is now turning out thousands of protective masks for health care workers and first responders.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for Massachusetts to get more federal assistance to help with the the COVID-19 outbreak.

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SALEM — With their practice temporarily closed, Drs. Helyne and Stephen Hamelburg were among dentists from around the state who have donated personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves, which have become scarce for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BOSTON — More than 3.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the past week as the coronavirus shutdown huge swaths of the nation's economy, a historic number of jobless claims that will push many states including Massachusetts to the brink financially.

BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for Massachusetts to get more federal assistance to help with the the COVID-19 outbreak.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At first, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to play nice. He limited criticisms of the federal government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and asked for medical supplies through official channels.

SALEM — The city’s mayor is asking for an emergency $250,000 to spend on coronavirus response, and it will be discussed at a meeting conducted virtually Thursday night.

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BOSTON — More than 3.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the past week as the coronavirus shutdown huge swaths of the nation's economy, a historic number of jobless claims that will push many states including Massachusetts to the brink financially.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate late Wednesday passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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BEVERLY – The city is looking for a place to isolate any resident of the homeless shelter who might contract the COVID-19 virus, Mayor Mike Cahill told city councilors Wednesday night.

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BOSTON — As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise, Gov. Charlie Baker has extended the closure of the state’s public and private schools and non-emergency day care centers for another four weeks.

SALEM— U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, is taking heat from his 6th District Democratic primary challengers and others on social media for cosponsoring a resolution condemning the Chinese government's handling of the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SALEM — Gov. Charlie Baker ordered several new measures aimed at protecting grocery store workers and customers from coronavirus on Wednesday, including a ban on reusable bags being brought into stores and suspending local bans on single-use plastic bags.

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A select portion of the region's daycare centers have been tapped by state authorities to remain open to provide child care for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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SALEM — In the rush to prevent the spread of coronavirus and find ways to protect officers, some police departments are now requiring people to stay outside stations when making reports. 

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SALEM — Congressman Seth Moulton has been self-quarantined at home over the weekend after experiencing symptoms "consistent with COVID-19" within the past week.

The monthly median sale price of a single-family home has been climbing since March 2016, but real estate market watchers said Wednesday the record-setting streak could soon come to an end due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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PEABODY — As a nurse for 20 years, Mary Keller wishes she could be on the front lines with her colleagues on the maternity ward at Beverly Hospital. Instead, she's home in Peabody after undergoing ankle surgery.

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