• covid variants Apr 13

    COVID Variants Raising Questions About Mass. Reopening, Safety

    Lawmakers on Tuesday dug into the details of the various COVID-19 variants that have been spreading around the globe and here in Massachusetts, and began to probe the ramifications the mutations could have on the economic reopening, the return to in-person schooling and more. The COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management Committee and the Committee on Public Health jointly pulled…

  • coronavirus pandemic Apr 4

    Mass. Leads Nation in Cases of COVID-19 Variant

    Massachusetts has emerged as the leader in an unfortunate statistic related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Boston Globe, Massachusetts now contains the most cases in the country of the so-called Brazil variant, or P.1, with 54 cases that stem mostly from a cluster on Cape Cod. Last week’s public health report showed that nearly half of Barnstable...

  • coronavirus Mar 29

    Barnstable Schools Remain Remote as Cape COVID Cases Surge

    Barnstable Public Schools will remain remote as the town sees a rise in coronavirus cases, the district’s superintendent announced on Sunday. In a written statement to the community, Barnstable Superintendent of Schools Meg Mayo-Brown said 70 positive staff members and student tested positive last week. More than 225 close contacts are currently in quarantine. “In terms of current local public…

  • coronavirus Mar 23

    Gov. Baker Defends Vaccine Strategy Against Criticism From Lawmakers

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker testified Tuesday on the state’s coronavirus response at a second hearing before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management. The hearing was the second in a series of planned oversight hearings by the committee. Tuesday’s meeting focused on technology issues that complicated vaccine distribution efforts early on. Baker argued Tuesday that his...

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  • coronavirus pandemic Jan 19

    The UK COVID Variant Has Arrived in Massachusetts. Here's What to Know

    Massachusetts health officials early this week announced its first confirmed case of the new, more contagious COVID variant amid concerns that mutations to the virus could worsen the pandemic. While the state had only confirmed one case of the new variant, initially detected in the United Kingdom, health experts say it has likely been circulating in the state for weeks….

  • Massachusetts Jan 18

    Mass. Tops 450K COVID Cases, 52 New Deaths Reported

    More than 450,000 Massachusetts residents have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, the state Department of Public Health said Monday. With 3,224 new confirmed cases of the virus announced Monday, there have now been 451,535 confirmed cases overall. The department also reported 52 more deaths on Monday, bringing the confirmed death toll to 13,424. Another 281 deaths…

  • Massachusetts Jan 17

    4,283 New COVID-19 Cases, 67 Deaths Reported in Mass.

    Massachusetts state health officials reported 4,283 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday, along with 67 more deaths. Meanwhile, the percentage of tests for the virus coming back positive, on average, has fallen below 6% for the first time since Dec. 6. There have now been totals of 13,372 confirmed deaths and 448,311 cases, according to figures from the Massachusetts Department of…

  • Massachusetts Jan 16

    Mass. Confirms 5,657 New COVID-19 Cases and 74 Deaths

    Massachusetts reported 5,657 new confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday and an additional 74 deaths. There have now been 13,305 confirmed deaths and 444,028 cases, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive, on average, has decreased to 6.15%, the department said. The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 has decreased to 2,197. Of…

  • COVID-19 vaccine Dec 19, 2020

    FDA Authorizes Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine

    The federal government plans to roll out nearly six million doses of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine.

  • coronavirus Dec 7, 2020

    Mass. Reports 4,747 New COVID-19 Cases

    Massachusetts reported 4,747 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state on Sunday. The number of coronavirus went down Sunday, compared to Saturday’s figure, the Department of Public Health announced. Massachusetts also reported 48 more deaths from COVID-19. This number of cases comes in under the high mark of the week, when the state reported 6,477 new cases Thursday. Six-hundred and…

  • coronavirus in massachusetts Nov 22, 2020

    Mass. Reports 2,991 More COVID Cases, 19 New Deaths

    Massachusetts reported 2,991 new confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday and an additional 19 deaths. There have now been 10,257 confirmed deaths and 197,329 cases, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Another 231 deaths are considered probably linked to COVID-19. The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive, on average, has decreased slightly to 3.21%, according to the report. The…

  • COVID-19 Nov 6, 2020

    ‘It's Us Against the Virus': Gov. Baker Addresses Mass. Increasing COVID-19 Numbers

    Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker addresses 252 new COVID-19 cases among schools, outlines the new coronavirus rules put into effect on Friday in an effort to reduce statewide infection numbers.

  • Martha's Vineyard Oct 28, 2020

    Coronavirus Cluster Tied to Martha's Vineyard Wedding Sickens at Least 8

    Health officials in Martha’s Vineyard are investigating a coronavirus cluster that apparently stemmed from a wedding on the island earlier this month and has sickened several people. According to the Martha’s Vineyard Boards of Health, the virus was spread by wedding guests who left the island the morning after the event. Eight people connected to the event have tested...

  • coronavirus in massachusetts Oct 20, 2020

    Mass. Hot-Spot Communities Get COVID-19 Push Alerts

    10 communities in all received the message reminding people the coronavirus pandemic is not over.

  • coronavirus Oct 16, 2020

    160 More Students, Staff at Mass. Schools Test Positive for Coronavirus

    Massachusetts health officials on Thursday announced that 92 more students and 68 additional staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week. The cases were reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14, and include only students who have been participating in in-person learning. There have now been a total…

  • school reopening Oct 9, 2020

    Over 100 Students, 50 Staff at Mass. Schools Test Positive for Coronavirus

    Massachusetts health officials on Thursday announced that 106 students and 57 staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week, an increase over the previous week. The cases were reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7, and includes students who have participated in in-person or hybrid learning at 61…

  • coronavirus in new england Sep 29, 2020

    ‘Carry Hand Sanitizer': Mass., NH Release Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

    With many parents wondering what Halloween will look like amid the coronavirus pandemic, health officials in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have released tips on how to stay safe while trick-or-treating. The health department in both states urged anyone not feeling well to refrain from trick-or-treating and stay home. They also urged trick-or-treaters to wear masks and to carry hand sanitizer…

  • coronavirus Sep 21, 2020

    Resident of Chelsea Veterans Facility Tests Positive for Second Time

    A resident of a veterans care center in Massachusetts has tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, state health officials announced Monday. “A veteran resident of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea who was clinically recovered from COVID-19 as per CDC guidance again experienced COVID-related symptoms and was transferred to Cambridge Health Alliance for treatment and tested positive,” according…

  • Labor Day Weekend Sep 6, 2020

    Mass. Officials Cracking Down on Spread of Coronavirus Over Holiday Weekend

    State officials will be cracking down on the spread of the novel coronavirus over the holiday weekend, looking out for any large parties or gatherings that violate state guidelines. With Labor Day Weekend underway, and another beautiful day in the forecast, people have been heading out to beaches and parks for the holiday weekend, from Cape Cod to Nantasket to…

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