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Amid flurry of national coronavirus data, Massachusetts remains a hot spot of infection

The Boston Globe interviewed Dr. Richard Jackson, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, on California officials’ decisions early in the pandemic to ban large gatherings, shut down businesses, and issue a strict shelter-in-place order, with penalties and fines for violators.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

This virus first struck in late February on the Pacific Coast, attacking a nursing home in Washington state where the death toll quickly soared from one to 14 — to 43.

It was terrifying, but far away — not here, not us. The one publicized case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts had seemed to fizzle. But today, after seven long weeks, fortunes have dramatically shifted.

Washington appears to be on the back side of the curve with new infections waning, and Massachusetts has emerged as a national hot spot.