By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — Is COVID over in Massachusetts? That’s what Gov. Charlie Baker was asked in a news conference Friday, as he announced that the state is ready to drop all coronavirus restrictions this weekend.

“Unless something very odd happens, I would say that it is pretty much over,” Baker said. “But I’ve learned with the COVID virus, that the last thing you should ever do is presume you know everything.”

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Baker said that he would “put an asterisk” on definitively saying that the pandemic is behind Massachusetts.

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“But I do believe that it is certainly on the run in a big way,” Baker said. “And given the data as it currently exists right now, Massachusetts is at a place where we can lift these restrictions and do so with a fairly high degree of confidence that people have done the things that we needed to do to beat this thing down.”

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As of Thursday, there were 253 people hospitalized in the state for a coronavirus-related illness. It’s estimated that there are 7,843 active cases in Massachusetts.

CBSBoston.com Staff