FALL RIVER – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said today, May 13, “I would love to be able to re-open up everything tomorrow, but that would be an incredibly irresponsible thing.”
The Massachusetts Governor said this 4-phased opening will “require patience” by everybody.
The Governor announced there would be a 4-pronged re-opening plan but has repeatedly said no details will be coming until May 18.
“In the end when, we re-open we will want to sustain the opening,” said the Governor.
“We want to go slow,” said Gov. Baker. “We want to make this decision based on data. We have seen some positive results. I want to make sure we have all the data we need when we make this decision.”
There have been more than 80,000 individuals in the Commonwealth who have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 5,000 individuals have died form the coronavirus or complications from the virus since the pandemic began.
The Governor said he “respects” and understands those who want to open the Commonwealth of Massachusetts now.
The Governor said it is important to know that there are still 3,000 people in hospitals due to the coronavirus. Gov. Baker aid there are almost 1,000 individuals still in intensive care beds.
Yesterday, the state reported 33 deaths, the lowest 24-hour count since early April. But the Governor said today, he doesn’t expect the number of deaths today to be that low.
The Governor said some are worried about a “re-ignition of this virus.”
The Governor said his full plan on the 4-pronged phase re-opening will not come until May 18.