James Taylor and wife donating $1M to help Massachusetts General Hospital fight coronavirus
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Singer James Taylor and his wife are donating $1 million to a Massachusetts hospital to help fight the coronavirus.

The money from the "Fire and Rain" songwriter and his wife, Kim, will "enable the hospital to direct resources where the need is greatest, whether purchasing supplies and equipment, repurposing space, or furthering research seeking treatments and means of prevention for COVID-19," Massachusetts General Hospital said in a Tuesday statement.

Calling COVID-19 a "new and insidious virus," Taylor said he and his spouse “have been so inspired by the courage and sacrifice of the health care heroes in the trenches who are working so hard to protect us all.”

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Taylor, 72, was born at the Boston hospital and his father served as a chief resident there.

Officials in several states — including New Jersey, New York, Washington state and Maryland — have echoed the concerns and warnings from hospitals and health-care providers who say they don't have enough critical supplies needed to protect workers from the pandemic.

Last week, Boston's mayor declared a public health emergency amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The donation from the Taylors, Massachusetts General Hospital President Peter Slavin said, will not only help "respond to this outbreak," but will also "provide a meaningful morale boost to our caregivers, the many staff who support them, and the scientists who are working to defeat this scourge."

As of Wednesday, there were more than 55,000 cases of the coronavirus in the United States and at least 800 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.