• 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…

  • p.1 variant Apr 6

    COVID Concerns on Cape as Variant Cases Spike

    Massachusetts has 58 cases of the variant, known as P.1, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the third highest total in the country. Florida leads with 64, followed by Illinois with 59 cases. Of the Bay State’s 58 cases, a whopping 50 are in Barnstable County. There are four each in Essex and Middlesex counties.

  • 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...

  • covid variant Jan 19

    New COVID Strain Confirmed in Mass.

    While Massachusetts health officials say only one case of the new COVID variant has been detected in the state so far, it has likely been circulating for weeks.

  • 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….

  • coronavirus Jan 19

    UK Coronavirus Strain Raises Concerns in Mass.

    Massachusetts announced its first confirmed case of the new, more contagious COVID variant on Sunday, but some medical experts in the state say they aren’t surprised. Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett with Boston Medical Center says it may not even be the first case. The CDC has said the new variant may become the dominant strain in the U.S. by...

  • 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 18

    Highly Contagious UK Variant Discovered in Mass.

    Massachusetts health officials have announced the state’s first case of the more infectious coronavirus variant first found in the United Kingdom. A Boston woman who traveled to the United Kingdom felt sick the day after she returned, the state Department of Public Health said Sunday.

  • 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...

  • 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…

  • Boston Public Schools Oct 10, 2020

    Boston Teachers, Parents Say Schools Must Be Safer

    Mayor Marty Walsh stressed this weekend that students with the highest needs should be prioritized for in-person learning.

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