Coronavirus Cases in MA jump to 28 as of Mar. 8
As of Sunday, Mar. 8, 27 cases of the 2019 novel Coronavirus have been found to be presumptively positive in Massachusetts. The 28th COVID-19 case was confirmed to be the student attending UMass Boston back in February. Some of these cases are tied back to the recent Biogen conference that was held in February at the Marriott Longwharf Hotel in Boston, while others can be traced to recent trips to Italy. Many schools across Massachusetts, including some here in Wellesley as well as Newton, Plainville and Weston are taking various precautions like sanitizing the facilities and cancelling after-school activities. State officials have noted that Coronavirus is still relatively low risk to the general public.
Boston Massacre remembered 250 years later
Boston, known for its rich history and pivotal role in the Revolutionary War, recently remembered the historic Boston Massacre with a live-action reenactment. The reenactment took place Saturday night by the Old State House, where actors played British soldiers and American civilians and onlookers watched as the two parties clashed. The Boston Massacre was a street skirmish between American colonists and British soldiers and resulted in five American deaths, including that of Crispus Atticks, the first American casualty of the Revolutionary War. Atticks was African-American and Native American, and became martyrized in the fight for American freedom from Britain.
Massachusetts economy continuing to grow
Despite recent stock market scares, AP reports that Massachusetts has shown strength in its economy over the past two months or so. Just this Feb., Massachusetts generated $1.53 billion in tax revenues, $115 million more than last Feb. From the start of the fiscal year to Feb. 2020, $18.43 billion have been collected in total. According to Acting Department of Revenue Commissioner Kevin Brown, “With approximately 60% of revenue collections in the door for Fiscal Year 2020, we continue to see overall steady, moderate growth above both prior year and benchmark on a fiscal year-to-date basis.”