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6/9/2021 US coronavirus: America reports lowest average of daily Covid-19 infections and deaths since March 2020. But experts warn millions are still vulnerable - CNN CNN ... Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont. Some health officials are calling the scaleback premature, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials urges daily Covid-19 data tracking to continue. "As far as I know, we're still in a public health emergency as a country," Lori Tremmel Freeman, the association's chief executive officer, told CNN on Wednesday. "That has not been downgraded yet." Read More ...
6/9/2021 Daily cases in India drop below 100K; CDC gives OK for vaccinated Americans to visit neighboring countries: Live COVID-19 updates Yahoo News ... Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island, contrasted the relatively low vaccination rates in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of the region‚Aos largest, poorest and most racially diverse cities, with the near-complete vaccination of Newton, an affluent, largely white Boston suburb.‚AuSo if you are in a high vaccination state, your job is not done,‚Au Jha wrote. ‚AuBecause across America, there are too many people and communities for whom vaccines ...
6/9/2021 Daily cases in India drop below 100K; CDC gives OK for vaccinated Americans to visit neighboring countries: Live COVID-19 updates ... Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island, contrasted the relatively low vaccination rates in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of the region's largest, poorest and most racially diverse cities, with the near-complete vaccination of Newton, an affluent, largely white Boston suburb."So if you are in a high vaccination state, your job is not done," Jha wrote. "Because across America, there are too many people and communities for whom vaccines still remain ...
6/9/2021 Cystic fibrosis foundation consensus statements for the care of cystic fibrosis lung transplant recipients - PubMed National Institutes of Health ... Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin. 3 Division of Respirology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. 4 Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. 5 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bethesda, Maryland. 6 Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 7 Department of Pharmacy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. 8 Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, New York. 9 Division of Biobehavioral Medicine, Medical University of South ...
6/9/2021 Massachusetts inches toward 4 million fully vaxxed people, 116 new virus cases reported Boston Herald More than 30,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were administered in Massachusetts during the most recent day of vax data on Wednesday, as the state is set to eclipse 3.9 million fully vaxxed people in the next ... the state‚Aos rollout, according to the state Department of Public Health‚Aos daily vaccination report on Wednesday.The grand total of nearly 8.2 million breaks down to almost 4.3 million people who have received ...
5/28/2021 Massachusetts Launches the ‚ÄúLet's Go Out‚Äù Campaign to Support Local Restaurants and Encourage In-Person Dining Massachusetts Launches the ‚AuLet‚Aos Go Out‚Au Campaign to Support Local Restaurants and Encourage In-Person Dining 27. May, 2021 NextToday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of the ‚AuLet‚Aos Go ... million campaign is timed to coincide with the lifting of public health restrictions in Massachusetts and is scheduled to run throughout the summer, through September.The mission of the campaign is to amplify the importance ...
5/24/2021 EDITORIAL: As pandemic leaves, online academies should stay ... public health metrics and widespread vaccinations for COVID-19.But there‚Aos another side to remote learning ‚Ai the one experienced by students for whom school by computer is a benefit. More than a dozen Massachusetts school districts are pursing ways to cater to those kids by continuing remote schooling in some form in the fall, GBH News reports, even as the rest of their students and teachers return to ...
5/17/2021 In Massachusetts, as Elsewhere, It's The Prohibition, Not The Prescriptions SHAREEarlier this month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released Data Brief: Opioid‚Ae‚AaRelated Overdose Deaths Among Massachusetts Residents . The report found that opioid‚Ae‚Aarelated overdose deaths remained essentially unchanged at roughly 2,000 per year since 2016. From 2001 thru 2010 the annual overdose rate was relatively stable and then began to accelerate in 2011. (Figure 1 and Figure 2 of the Data Brief).While the overdose ...
5/17/2021 Paratek Pharmaceuticals Announces First Quarter 2021 Total Revenue of $16.4 Million and Initiation of First BARDA Procurement Globe Newswire ... 2021 Total Revenue of $16.4 Million and Initiation of First BARDA Procurement May 17, 2021 07:30 ET Paratek Pharmaceuticals Boston, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES -- NUZYRA® (omadacycline) Generated Net U.S. Sales of $13.2 Million in the ... novel life-saving therapies for life-threatening diseases or other public health threats for civilian, government and military use, today reported financial results and provided an update on corporate activities for the quarter ended March ...
5/17/2021 Mass. To Ease Mask Mandate, Lift All Other COVID Restrictions May 29; End State Of Emergency June 15 ... Ai May 29 ‚Ai is the new target date for the end of nearly all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts. By that date, more than two months ahead of the schedule announced less than ... mandated restrictions does not necessarily mean the end of the public health threat. "COVID is a little bit like, you know, Michael Myers," he said, referring to the horror film franchise character with a knack ...
5/17/2021 Baker to give update on Massachusetts reopening plan at 11 am A¢ 12 Responds Coverage & Info ¬ªBOSTON (WPRI) ‚Ai The majority of remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts will be lifted Memorial Day weekend, Governor Charlie Baker announced Monday.All industry-related restrictions will end ... get vaccinated in Massachusetts and Rhode IslandMass. Department of Public Health data released Monday shows 3.2 million people are fully vaccinated in the state.Health officials also reported 281 new coronavirus cases and 19 ...
5/17/2021 Gov. Baker: All businesses in Massachusetts can open at 100% on May 29 ... state. By that date ‚Ai more than two months ahead of the schedule announced less than three weeks ago ‚Ai Massachusetts intends to lift its COVID-19 restrictions, though masks will still be required in ... mandated restrictions does not necessarily mean the end of the public health threat. "COVID is a little bit like, you know, Michael Myers," he said, referring to the horror film franchise character with a knack ...
5/17/2021 Baker to Lift All Business Restrictions May 29 ... the microphone during an April 26, 2021 press conference. Photo by Jessica Rinaldi Boston Globe Staff/PoolEffective May 29, Massachusetts will be nearly back to ‚Aunormal,‚Au Gov. Charlie Baker said.On that date ... a limited number of higher-risk situations under a new public health order expected to be issued before May 29: nursing homes, health care facilities, public transit and inside schools.The state will also end ...
5/16/2021 Maura Healey still undecided on 2022 governor's race, gives Charlie Baker ‚Äòcredit‚Äô on COVID-19 response Boston Herald ... out some praise to Gov. Charlie Baker, saying the Republican ‚Audeserves credit‚Au for course corrections amid the pandemic as Massachusetts has positioned itself as a leader in vaccinations.‚AuI think that Gov. Baker deserves ... AuHealey credited the course reversal to ‚Auteamwork‚Au with public health officials and others.‚AuWe‚Aove got more work to do. We are not through this and I think what‚Aos ahead are a ...
5/15/2021 By BERA DUNAUStaff WriterAMHERST ‚Äî It was a year marked by both a global pandemic and an ice hockey national championship, and both got plenty of references at the noon commencement ceremony for graduates of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday ‚Äî one of four held during the day as the traditional mass graduation ceremony was broken up into smaller events to accommodate pandemic safety protocols.‚ÄúThis past year has reaffirmed for me how truly special our UMass Amherst community is,‚Äù said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. ‚ÄúHow through all the interruptions, inconveniences, and absolute unfairness, our collective empathy still reigns.‚ÄùThe noon ceremony, like the other three, was held outdoors at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in sunny weather, with the graduating students sitting in chairs on the field and loved ones watching from the stands. Graduating were students of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the College of Education.The pandemic made for a school year like no other for the students, and multiple speakers cited the challenges.‚ÄúYou didn‚Äôt let distance stop you from learning. You didn‚Äôt let disconnection interfere with growth. And you didn‚Äôt let disappointment deter you from happiness,‚Äù the chancellor said.Sarah Rose Stack of Agawam was the student speaker at the noon ceremony, which was the second of the day. She shared her experience growing up as one of three children of a single mother, and of having her first child with her partner during her UMass experience.‚ÄúI was determined to do what others said that I would not be able to do: I would graduate,‚Äù she said.After finding out in 2006 that she was missing one requirement to graduate, she pivoted to focus on other things such as dancing professionally and raising her family. She returned to UMass last year to complete her degree, crediting the pandemic with giving her the time to do so, and she reminded those in attendance that ‚Äúlife isn‚Äôt one directional.‚Äù‚ÄúLife is a dance,‚Äù she said.Rose Stack, who is looking to create a nonprofit dance and theater company, shared her perspective on life and learning.‚ÄúYou are never at your destination. You‚Äôre never done learning. And you‚Äôre never too old to try something new,‚Äù she said.The commencement speech was given by men's hockey coach Greg Carvel, who this year led the university team to its first NCAA Division I ice hockey championship.‚ÄúA hockey coach giving your commencement speech is the cherry on top of a pandemic senior year. For this I am sorry,‚Äù the coach joked.Carvel noted that past commencement speakers have included U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Charlie Baker and CNN anchor Jake Tapper.‚ÄúIf all four of us were on the stage right now, I‚Äôd obviously stand out like a sore thumb,‚Äù Carvel said. ‚Äú[The] reason being I‚Äôd be the only one with a UMass degree and the only national champion.‚ÄùIn his speech, Carvel paid tribute to his late father-in-law, Edmund Gettier, an accomplished former professor of philosophy at UMass who came up with ‚ÄúThe Gettier Problem,‚Äù a famous philosophical problem that is widely studied. And he described both himself and Gettier as common men ‚Äúable to accomplish something uncommon for the betterment of our university.‚Äù‚ÄúWe are not an elitist community,‚Äù Carvel said. ‚ÄúWe are a community of common people striving to do exceptional things.‚ÄùCarvel also repeatedly quoted German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and noted the similarity between some of Goethe's quotes and how the hockey program is run. When asked how he planned to turn the program around when he took over five years ago, he answered simply, ‚Äúrelationships.‚Äù ‚ÄúLove does not dominate, it cultivates,‚Äù he said, quoting the author.During his remarks, one female student repeatedly and enthusiastically swore in support of some of Carvel's statements.‚ÄúI‚Äôm glad we brought this girl today,‚Äù Carvel said in appreciation after one such outburst.After the conclusion of the ceremony, a number of students who were interviewed expressed appreciation for their time at UMass.‚ÄúI love it here,‚Äù said Gilberto Torres. ‚ÄúGreat experience.‚ÄùTorres graduated with a degree in sociology and will attend the University of Connecticut for graduate school in its social work program. He also played running back on the UMass football team, and will be a grad transfer at UConn.‚ÄúIt was a turbulent four years, but I feel very happy that the commencement actually happened,‚Äù said Ryan Pierre.A double major in economics and psychology from Stoughton, Pierre said he felt proud of how the UMass community handled the pandemic. Pierre said he's looking to go into pharmaceutical sales.Edan Kamara got his degree in communications and anthropology. He described finals and ending classes as ‚Äúanticlimactic,‚Äù noting that he did them in his room, but he said that he appreciated being able to have an in-person ceremony.‚ÄúThis area also very much became like a second home,‚Äù said Kamara, who originally hails from Teaneck, New Jersey.Kamara's parents got to see him graduate on Friday, and his father, Vic Kamara, said that they loved getting to visit him in western Massachusetts.‚ÄúWe just want him to make the most out of what he's learned here and continue on the journey,‚Äù said Alyse Smerka, Kamara's mother.Kamara is their first child to graduate college.Shannon McCann of Suffolk County in Long Island, New York, said that she ‚Äúhad a great experience, but I‚Äôm ready to graduate.‚ÄùMcCann, who got her degree in political science and public health, described the last year as a tough one mentally and in general, but also noted that it ‚Äúcould have been worse.‚Äù‚ÄúI‚Äôm alive, I‚Äôm healthy and I‚Äôm graduating college,‚Äù she said.Bera Dunau can be reached at [email protected] ... the Daily Hampshire Gazette"; objLink.Notes = "From this page " + currentLocation; objLink.Render(); ) Madeleine Conway, foreground, of Manchester, graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, looks to the sky as some graduates ... Au McCann, who got her degree in political science and public health, described the last year as a tough one mentally and in general, but also noted that it ‚Aucould have been worse.‚Au ‚AuI ...
5/15/2021 Massachusetts coronavirus cases increase 657, lowest active cases for third day in a row Boston Herald ... Virus cases have been significantly lower in the last couple of weeks amid the vaccine rollout. The state Department of Public Health‚Aos count of estimated active cases is now 14,396, down from the estimated ... January.The seven-day weighted average positive test rate in Massachusetts is 1.03%, down from 1.39% one week ago. It is quickly approaching the state‚Aos record low of .77%, which was recorded in September ...
5/14/2021 State Public Health Officials Award $ 972,000 for Substance Use Disorder Programs at Three High Schools ... Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH Source‚AuThis program will be a positive step towards increasing Massachusetts‚Ao capacity for targeted after-school enrichment for youths affected by or at risk for substance use disorder,‚Au said Deirdre Calvert, Director of DPH‚Aos Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. ‚AuProviding youths meaningful understanding for their diverse paths to recovery, as well as effective support in times of need, will protect ...
5/14/2021 Our View: A pandemic and an epidemic Our View: A pandemic and an epidemic May 14, 2021 2 hrs agoMassachusetts hit two significant health milestones this week, one giving cause for hope and the other for alarm.On Tuesday, the state ... 5% in 2020.The report from the state Department of Public Health said about 2,100 people died from opioid-related overdoses in 2020, up from 2,002 in 2019.The report also shed light on wide ...
5/14/2021 Our view: Addressing the other epidemic Our view: Addressing the other epidemic May 14, 2021 4 hrs agoMassachusetts hit two significant health milestones this week, one giving cause for hope and the other for alarm.On Tuesday, the state reported ... 5% in 2020.The report from the state Department of Public Health said about 2,100 people died from opioid-related overdoses in 2020, up from 2,002 in 2019.The report also shed light on wide ...
5/14/2021 Mass. Opioid Overdose Deaths Climbed in 2020 to New High ... Massachusetts rose by 5 percent in 2020, marking the first increase in three years and climbing to a level slightly higher than the previous peak in 2016.Public health officials on Wednesday announced that in 2020 ‚Ai a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the new challenges it created in accessing health care and social supports ‚Ai 2,035 people died of confirmed overdose deaths, and predictive modeling suggests ...
5/14/2021 Since Pandemic, Opioid-Related Deaths Soar Among Black Men Published: May 14, 2021 Drew AngererWhile there was a slight increase in the overall number of opioid-related deaths in the Commonwealth in 2020, an even more troubling statistic during the coronavirus pandemic concerns the number of drug overdose deaths among Black men.Mass Live reports that according to a report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, overdose deaths among Black men jumped almost 70% during the pandemic ...
5/14/2021 States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means ... Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island, were waiting, though a spokesperson for Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said an update was coming ‚Auin the near future.‚AuCalifornia‚Aos Department of Public Health said it was still reviewing the guidelines.‚AuI think this is early,‚Au Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis said on San Francisco‚Aos KGO-TV. ‚AuFrankly, the idea of people not covering their faces indoors ...
5/14/2021 Mass. reports 67,558 new COVID-19 vaccinations - The Boston Globe Boston Globe The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 67,558 to 7,027,149, state officials reported Friday.The number of new vaccinations was greater than on Thursday, when 51,764 were reported.The total number of shots administered amounted to around 84.3 percent of the 8,331,450 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.The total shots administered included 3,892,504 first shots and 2,904,744 ...
5/14/2021 Massachusetts coronavirus cases increase by 337, lowest daily count since September Boston Herald ... the estimated active case count has been since the state began reporting it on Nov. 2.The state Department of Public Health noted a reporting lag from a large lab that resulted in a lower ... pandemic.The seven-day weighted average positive test rate in Massachusetts is 1.14%, down from 1.39% one week ago.Statewide hospitalizations have also been dropping amid the state‚Aos vaccine rollout. Total hospitalizations on Thursday ...
5/13/2021 EPA Selects Six Projects in Massachusetts to Receive $3+ Million for Brownfields Cleanup and Assessment News Releases 01 EPA Selects Six Projects in Massachusetts to Receive $3+ Million for Brownfields Cleanup and Assessment EPA Brownfields Funding Helps Local Communities Build Back Better and Address Environmental Justice Concerns BOSTON ‚Ai Today ... but they will also empower communities to address the environmental, public health, and social issues associated with contaminated land." "These new EPA Brownfields funds are more important than ever, because the ongoing pandemic has impacted ...