Thu. Jul 29th, 2021

After 462 days, the state of emergency that Gov. Charlie Baker declared on March 10, 2020, in response to the coronavirus will end.

As the number of coronavirus cases more than doubled to 92 and the first evidence of community transmission was found in the Berkshires, Baker at that time decided to cut short a vacation in Utah and returned to Massachusetts to declare an emergency and to begin imposing restrictions that would shape life in Massachusetts for more than a year.

“There’s no question that the efforts to mitigate the spread of this virus will be disruptive,” he said.

Ya think?

Up until then, the governor and other state officials had said the coronavirus risk in Massachusetts was “low.” But between “the Berkshire issue” and the increase to 92 total cases, Baker said he “would have to say the risk is increased” on the day he declared an emergency.