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Massachusetts State Senator: National health outlook a “dumpster fire”



Chris Lisinski

Elected officials and health experts have been urging the public for weeks to pare back their traditional holiday plans and avoid travel that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

With Christmas Eve just one week away, Sen. Julian Cyr made a similar plea Thursday — just in more colorful terms. “If you’re traveling right now, unless it’s absolutely essential, you really should be reassessing your travel plans,” he said during a Cape Cod Reopening Task Force call with reporters.

“If you think things are bad in Massachusetts, go look at the rest of the country. This is not a technical term, but I think the term ‘dumpster fire’ would be appropriate for what’s going on.”

As of Thursday, the COVID Exit Strategy map run by public health and crisis experts labeled every state but Hawaii as having “uncontrolled spread” of the highly infectious virus, the worst of four risk levels assigned.

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