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Saturday morning COVID-19 updates

Updates from Gov. Baker just now: • State HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders will head up new Coronavirus Command Center • The state lab has tested 475 patients overall at the state lab since FDA approval was received. • Clinicians no longer need testing approval or telephone consult with DPH lab and can submit single swab instead of 2 swabs • Third commercial lab has received FDA approval • Presumptive eligibility for MassHealth will be expanded • Drive-thru testing is under discussion but Gov. still reviewing • We have recieved 10% of request from National Stockpile. • Gov. urges residents to avoid hoarding: “filling your basement with two years worth of canned soup just means your neighbor will have to go without”

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