Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has authorized the activation of an additional 3,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard in anticipation of the expected peak in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, Baker announced Saturday.
This raises the total of authorization up to 5,000 members statewide who may be tasked with supporting requests, depending on the needs.
Baker also announced that starting today essential workers, including grocery store workers and delivery workers, can schedule COVID-19 testing at both the Gillette Stadium temporary facility and the fairgrounds facility in Springfield.
Individuals do not need to be symptomatic in order to get a test, the governor said.