Massachusetts coronavirus: Governor Baker tours LabCentral, provided COVID-19 update

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito toured LabCentral in Cambridge Friday afternoon where they have a shared laboratory space.

The Governor said that the positivity rate on COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth has dropped 80 percent since March, and that’s a good sign for our plans to reopen.

Baker and state health officials over the last week have been looking at data to determine when Phase 2 of the re-opening process will start.

With all of the trends now heading in the right direction, businesses like day care centers, summer camps, retail stores and restaurants are one step closer to reopening.

“I don’t think I need to remind everybody that what got us here was a commitment to a set of behaviors and activities and we have to remain vigilant in respect to all of that,” said Baker.

As more and more of the Massachusetts economy reopens, everyone is urged to wear a mask when they can’t socially distance and continue to practice good hygiene.

Governor Baker is expected to announce Saturday when Phase 2 will start.

According to a news release sent to 22News, LabCentral is a shared laboratory space where resident companies have transitioned their operations to address COVID-19.

As of Thursday, there are now 102,063  cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 7,201 deaths according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

MAP: LabCentral

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