Officials pan gov’s COVID response

Elected officials and public health officials came together last week to take aim at Gov. Charlie Baker’s handling of the latest COVID-19 surge that has already infected thousands and will likely infect more as families continue to gather for the holidays.

Led by Sen. Becca Rausch of Needham, who called out Baker for taking “grossly and inexplicably insufficient action” to stop the spread of COVID-19, the press conference was also attended by Dr. Julia Raifman of Boston University School of Public Health, Dr. Mei Elansary of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Julia Koehler of Harvard Medical School, Jodi Sugerman-Brozan or Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) and Heloisa Galvão of Massachusetts Brazilian Women’s Group.

Baker’s latest policies for containing the coronavirus include the activation of hundreds of National Guard personnel to assist at state hospitals and a call to put a pause on non-essential medical


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