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Amid an aggressive surge in COVID-19 infections, Massachusetts is also grappling with the early months of what is shaping up to be an active season for the flu. Influenza-like illness activity reached the highest of four severity ratings in the week from Dec. 19 to Dec. 25, the most recent period with a Department of […]
LOWELL – The last two categories of people in Phase 2 of the Baker administration’s vaccine prioritization become eligible for COVID-19 inoculation. That includes all people between the ages of 55 and 59, inclusive, and people with one medical condition included on a U.S. Centers for Disease Control list. The eligible conditions include cancer, chronic […]
BOSTON – The state reopens wider starting on Monday as it moves into Phase 4 of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, which he described as the new normal when he outlined his long-term plans last May. Stadiums, arenas and ballparks may operate at 12 percent capacity after submitting plans to the Department of Public Health, […]
In what she described as the first case in the country involving criminal charges linked to long-term care facility deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Friday that two top leaders at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home will be arraigned for their role in a fatal outbreak there. Healey alleged that Superintendent Bennett […]
BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday his administration would be making $130 million in additional funding available by the end of the week for nursing homes to pay for additional staff, cleaning and personal protective equipment. Baker said long-term care facilities, including the state’s 386 nursing homes, have “unfortunately evolved into a national hotspot,” […]