70 new deaths in Massachusetts as Gov. Baker seeks to boost medical workers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Massachusetts Department of Health announced 70 new deaths in the state today, as 2,151 new cases swelled the number of those infected with COVID-19 to 18,941.

Meanwhile, Governor Charlie Baker announced an executive order making it easier for doctors educated overseas to practice in Massachusetts to get more people on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

Baker’s order allows graduates of international medical schools who have completed at least two years of post-graduate training to be licensed in Massachusetts.

Another order allows people in the last semester of nursing programs to practice as nurses when supervised by a licensed medical professional.

Also Thursday, new federal data showed that nearly 140,000 people filed for unemployment in Massachusetts in the last week.

©WLNE-TV/ABC 6 2020 This article made use of reporting by The Associated Press, ©2020 The Associated Press

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