As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and cases rise throughout the country, Starbucks wants to give those helping keep their communities as safe and healthy as possible a little something to say thank you.

Throughout the month of December, healthcare workers can claim a free tall-sized brewed coffee, hot or iced. Earlier this year, Starbucks offered a similar deal and said that "any customer who identifies as a first responder or frontline worker supporting the health care industry" qualifies for the free drink.

In a press conference this afternoon, Governor Charlie Baker said "COVID has no intention of taking the holiday off and, in many respects, it's many of those time-honored traditions that create some of the most significant issues with respect to spread," Baker said.

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