Baker says 1,000 ventilators on way to help coronavirus patients

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BOSTON, Mass (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker provided an update regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus Monday afternoon.

During the news conference, Baker said 10,000 more people have been tested for COVID-19 bringing the total to 40,000 and the state is working to reach their goal of 3,500 tests a day.

The state has received a lot of PPE donations for healthcare workers and still has approximately $50 million for additional supplies. They’ve also put in a request for 1,000 ventilators and the request was processed within 48 hours or so and they should receive them between now and the first week of April.

Governor Baker also said he will announce Tuesday whether or not the essential business order will be extended.

Following the news conference, Governor Baker and Lt. Polito will join legislative leaders on a conference call at 2 p.m. for the weekly leadership meeting.

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