Massachusetts becomes coronavirus hot spot as cases surge

By Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP)- Massachusetts has become a hot spot of coronavirus infections and is drawing the concern of federal officials and promises of aid from hard-hit New York.

The state’s death toll is poised to double in less than a week to over 2,000. Officials are scrambling to boost hospital capacity and trace new infections to curb the spread of the disease.

Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that the White House is closely watching the Boston area. The coordinator of the federal coronavirus task force said officials are “very much focused” on Massachusetts.”

Meanwhile, two more field hospitals set up to deal with a surge of COVID-19 patients are opening in the state.

The hospitals at Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne and at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Recreation Center opening Monday can each handle about 100 patients who are not in critical condition but not well enough to go home.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said school students won’t go back to school May 4 and may not return for the rest of the school year.

©The Associated Press 2020

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