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After 13 reported recent deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Wednesday his office is launching an independent investigation into the facility's COVID-19 outbreak.

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As Massachusetts braces for a "critical" next couple of weeks in the effort to flatten the trajectory of coronavirus infections, Governor Charlie Baker extended his stay-at-home guidance through May 4 on Tuesday, ordering all non-essential businesses to remain physically closed for the next month and for people to continue to avoid groups of more than 10 people.

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The number of veterans who recently died at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home has climbed to 13, at least six of whom have tested positive for COVID-19, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday as he pledged to "figure out what happened" at the home.

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