• Massachusetts June 24, 2022 1:25 pm

    6 More Monkeypox Cases Diagnosed in Massachusetts

    There have now been 13 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Massachusetts since it was first detected on May 18.

  • monkeypox June 24, 2022 6:24 pm

    6 New Monkeypox Cases in Mass. as WHO Weighs Emergency Status

    The World Health Organization could decide as soon as Friday whether or not to declare monkeypox a global health emergency. A public health emergency of international concern is the organization’s highest alert. This decision will come after intense scrutiny over how they first handled the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 If monkeypox is declared a global health emergency, that could escalate…

  • mass general brigham April 2, 2022 10:32 pm

    Mass General Brigham Pulls Suburban Expansion Plan

    Mass General Brigham officials said Friday the hospital system has withdrawn its controversial proposal to build outpatient care centers in Woburn and Westborough and to expand an existing facility in Westwood after learning Department of Public Health staff would not recommend approval of the projects. The DPH did, however, recommend that the Public Health Council, with conditions, partially approve a…

  • COVID-19 March 10, 2022 7:27 pm

    Massachusetts Reports ‘Significant Overcount' of COVID Deaths

    When state public health officials publish Monday’s report about the latest COVID-19 impacts on Massachusetts, the cumulative death toll through two years of the pandemic will suddenly stand about 15% lower. The Baker administration will start using a new public health surveillance definition next week, narrowing the window of time between a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis and death required for the…

  • coronavirus February 15, 2022 11:54 pm

    Mass. Department of Public Health Updates Face Mask Guidance

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is updating its face mask guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • public health February 7, 2022 7:44 pm

    Cooke Named Permanent Mass. Commissioner of Public Health

    Margret Cooke, who has been acting commissioner of the state Department of Public Health for seven months, has been appointed to the role on a permanent basis, officials said Monday. Cooke was named acting commissioner in May when Dr. Monica Bharel resigned. She joined the agency as general counsel in 2015, before being promoted to deputy commissioner in 2020. Her…

  • Massachusetts January 13, 2022 3:49 pm

    Massachusetts' New COVID Testing Guidance, Explained

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced earlier this week that the Department of Public Health had issued new guidance on when residents should get tested for COVID-19. He said people should get tested if they are symptomatic, or if they have been a confirmed close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and who is in quarantine. The new recommendations for testing come...

  • coronavirus January 6, 2022 7:15 pm

    Mass. to Change the Way It Reports COVID-19 Hospitalizations

    Beginning next week, Massachusetts hospitals will start to differentiate between patients they admit primarily for COVID-19 and those admitted to be treated for something else who end up testing positive for COVID-19. COVID-19 hospitalizations have surged over the last month as the omicron variant has become dominant and the patient count (2,426 patients hospitalized as of Tuesday) is now on…

  • Omicron Variant December 5, 2021 4:05 am

    Omicron COVID Variant Detected in Fully Vaccinated People in Mass. and Conn.

    Massachusetts announced its first case Saturday afternoon, with Connecticut making its announcement later Saturday night. Both cases were in fully vaccinated people and involved travel out of state.

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health December 4, 2021 11:07 pm

    Mass. Reports 1st Confirmed Case of Omicron Variant

    The person is a woman in her 20s from Middlesex County who had traveled out of Massachusetts. She is fully vaccinated, had a mild case of COVID-19 and didn’t need to be hospitalized, officials said.

  • Massachusetts December 4, 2021 9:11 pm

    Omicron COVID Variant Has Been Detected in Mass.

    The person is a woman in her 20s from Middlesex County who had traveled out of Massachusetts. She is fully vaccinated, had a mild case of COVID-19 and didn’t need to be hospitalized, officials said.

  • Cape Cod November 2, 2021 7:54 pm

    Don't Fish in These 5 Cape Cod Ponds Due to High Levels of Chemicals

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued fish consumption advisories for five Cape Cod waterbodies on Tuesday after detecting high levels of chemicals. The advisories, which differ for each pond based on the chemicals’ levels, provide guidance to people who catch and consume freshwater game fish caught in those areas, according to a DPH statement. They only apply to native…

  • Massachusetts September 2, 2021 9:13 pm

    2 New Human Cases of WNV in Mass. Announced

    The risk level has been raised in 38 communities.

  • Massachusetts August 14, 2021 11:36 pm

    Communities in Southeast Mass. Dealing With Higher COVID Rates

    Health authorities in the state reported on Saturday that a group of cities in towns located south of Boston have higher positivity rates for coronavirus than the state average. Massachusetts, like the country, is dealing with a resurgence of cases of coronavirus. The state’s 14-day positivity rate was about 2.7%, but numerous towns in Bristol and Plymouth counties and on…

  • covid-19 in massachusetts June 27, 2021 9:49 pm

    Mass. Confirms 31 New COVID Cases, 1 More Death

    Massachusetts health officials reported 31 new coronavirus cases and one new death on Sunday. The day’s numbers pushed the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to 663,625 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 17,626. The state’s COVID-19 data, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, fell and that its state of emergency declaration...

  • Massachusetts June 26, 2021 10:02 pm

    Mass. Confirms 56 New COVID Cases, 2 More Deaths

    Massachusetts health officials are reporting 56 new coronavirus cases and two new deaths on Saturday. The day’s numbers pushed the state’s confirmed COVID-19 case total to 663,594 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 17,625. The state’s COVID data, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, have fallen that its state of...

  • coronavirus June 16, 2021 12:04 pm

    Study: COVID Likely Present in Mass. in December 2019

    The coronavirus was likely present in Massachusetts in late December 2019, more than a month before the state’s Department of Public Health reported the first official case. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health analyzed more than 24,000 blood samples taken between Jan. 2 and March 18, 2020, and found signs that people in the Bay State might have had COVID as…

  • coronavirus April 26, 2021 9:00 pm

    Mass. Confirms 812 New COVID-19 Cases, 12 More Deaths

    Health officials in Massachusetts reported another 812 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 12 new deaths on Monday.

  • coronavirus April 26, 2021 1:39 am

    Positive Test Rate Hits 6-Month Low in Mass., as 1,085 More COVID-19 Cases Reported

    Another 1,085 cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths were confirmed by health officials in Massachusetts on Sunday. The state has now had a total of 640,399 confirmed cases, while the death toll rises to 17,199, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. There were no new probable deaths linked to COVID-19 reported Sunday. On Sunday, the seven-day average of…

  • coronavirus April 24, 2021 9:04 pm

    Mass. Confirms 1,386 New COVID-19 Cases, 12 More Deaths

    Health officials in Massachusetts reported another 1,386 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 12 new deaths on Saturday. The update puts the total of confirmed cases at 639,314 and the death toll at 17,193, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Another four deaths are considered probably linked to COVID-19. The average number of coronavirus cases, average coronavirus test…

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