Gov. Charlie Baker took off for California on Thursday for a uncommon pandemic-era journey out of state and his first household trip for the reason that coronavirus hit Massachusetts final yr.
The Republican governor and his spouse, Lauren, took off on Thursday morning for his or her weeklong journey, an aide confirmed. The Bakers will return Wednesday night.
Baker and his spouse needed to reduce their final household trip — a Utah ski trip — brief final March initially of the pandemic as circumstances have been starting to unfold.
Seventeen months later, this newest household journey comes as coronavirus circumstances are rising as soon as once more. Every day new coronavirus cases hit quadruple digits for the first time in three months on Thursday as state Division of Public Well being officers reported 1,046 new circumstances. The spike is being pushed by the extra infectious and deadlier delta variant, in keeping with well being consultants agree.
Hospitalizations are additionally creeping up as soon as once more. However the 264 COVID sufferers on Thursday nonetheless pale compared to the three,965 hospitalized on the peak on April 21, 2020.
That is the governor’s fourth journey out of state in current months after coronavirus journey restrictions stored the governor in Massachusetts for a lot of 2020.
Baker and his spouse traveled to Florida in March, when strict journey restrictions have been nonetheless in place, to attend a member of the family’s funeral.
Baker has since additionally traveled to 2 conferences with the Republican Governors Affiliation. In late Might, Baker visited Nashville, Tenn., on RGA enterprise.
Final month he jetted to Aspen, Colo., to talk about campaign strategies for upcoming elections. It’s unclear if subsequent yr’s gubernatorial race in Massachusetts was on the agenda. Baker continues to deflect questions on his plans for re-election, however has promised a choice “quickly.”
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