BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Baker attended an oversight hearing to discuss the state’s response of the coronavirus surge Tuesday afternoon.

Lawmakers on Beacon Hill had a ton of questions for state leaders Tuesday. They want to know why the Commonwealth was so ill prepared for the surge in cases after the holidays. Leading up to the winter, lawmakers put pressure on state leaders to outline their plan for a surge in cases. That plan was not made available to the legislature or the public and cases spiked and hospitalizations threatened our public health system.

On Tuesday, Governor Baker and HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders had to answer for their shortcomings and their exchange with committee members was pretty heated.

“I’m not going to let people perpetuate this idea that schools aren’t safe, because they are and it’s been proven not just in Massachusetts but in the U.S. and around the world for the better part of a year and a half,” said Governor Baker.

COVID-19 Cases in Massachusetts

Members of the emergency preparedness committee made it clear that they want to work with the Baker administration on a solution to this growing problem. The areas they hope to focus on are testing, youth vaccinations and providing teachers with the proper PPE.

What was agreed on was that the vaccine is safe and effective. They urge all residents to get vaccinated if you haven’t done so yet and get boosted when you are eligible.

According to the Department of Public Health, there are  53 new confirmed deaths and 60,986 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts reported Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The 7-day average of percent positivity is 22.39%.