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What's New in Harwich and the Surrounding Area

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BOSTON — Schools in Massachusetts will remain closed for the rest of the school year, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday as coronavirus cases continued to surge in the state.

The state’s stay-at-home advisory and mandatory closure of nonessential businesses remains in effect through May 4.

“The data shows we are still very much in the grips of a pandemic here in Massachusetts,” Baker said. “We are working hard to think about a strategy in the days ahead.”

The Massachusetts Teachers Association urged Baker Monday night to keep schools closed.

“Understanding that Massachusetts remains a COVID-19 hotspot, it seems unlikely that definitive assurances will be possible to allow for a reopening before the end of this school year,” the group said in a statement.

The announcement comes as deaths from COVID-19 are expected to surpass 2,000 this week in Massachusetts.

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