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What to Know About the New Mass. Mask Guidance for Fall

Massachusetts officials have released updated mask guidance for fully vaccinated people and students. Here's what you need to know:. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's new guidance recommends that "a fully vaccinated person wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home)" if they or someone in their house has a weakened immune system or is at risk of severe disease, or if someone in their home is unvaccinated.
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Massachusetts Recommending Some Fully Vaccinated People Wear Face Masks Indoors

BOSTON (CBS) — The Department of Public Health is now recommending that some fully vaccinated people in Massachusetts wear face masks indoors. The updated advisory comes on the heels of new Centers For Disease Control Guidance that recommends face masks indoors for everyone in areas of substantial or high COVID transmission. According to the CDC, Barnstable County and Nantucket are listed as substantial risk. Suffolk, Bristol, Plymouth and Hampden Counties are at high risk. (WBZ-TV) The state said the new guidance is intended to “maximize protection of vulnerable individuals from the Delta variant.” DPH “recommends that a fully vaccinated person wear a mask...
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Mass. educators express confusion, frustration with new mask-wearing recommendations

BOSTON — Educators across the state are expressing confusion and frustration following new mask-wearing guidance released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association called the guidance “reckless,” saying if it doesn’t change immediately, students are in for another chaotic school year.
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Massachusetts State Senate Overrides Governor’s Vetoes on Education, Police Training, Behavioral Health, & Regional Transit Authorities

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday, July 29. passed a bill to override Governor Charlie Baker’s vetoes on certain items in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget passed earlier this month. The actions taken by the Senate will ensure adequate funding for school districts, regional transit authorities (RTAs), and...
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Massachusetts DPH: Certain groups of vaccinated people should still wear masks indoors

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts public health officials are advising certain groups of vaccinated people to wear a mask when indoors. Those who are vaccinated but have a higher risk of severe illness are being advised to wear masks while indoors. That includes those with weakened immune systems, those with risk of severe illness because of age or health conditions, or if you live with someone who is high risk.
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Massachusetts reports another 844 new COVID cases as 7-day percent positive passes 2% for first time since April

Massachusetts reported another 844 COVID cases Friday as the delta variant continues to spread across the state, but predominantly in a few Eastern Massachusetts counties. The new case report represents the second-highest day of new cases reported this week, the first being Monday when 1,243 new cases were reported in a combined report from Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
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Massachusetts officials recommend masks for elementary students indoors

CHICOPEE, M.A. (WWLP) — The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has just released recommendations on masking in schools in the fall. They are recommending that all students in kindergarten through 6th grade wear masks when inside. They are also recommending that unvaccinated students in all grades, as well as unvaccinated visitors, wear masks inside. However, vaccinated students can remain unmasked according to the latest guidance.
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Massachusetts Reports 844 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 Additional Deaths

BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 844 new confirmed COVID cases and three additional deaths in the state on Friday. Health officials said the total number of confirmed cases in the state is now 672,488. The total number of confirmed deaths is now 17,714. There were 38,616 total new tests reported. As of Friday, the seven-day weighted average of positive tests in Massachusetts is 2.07%. There are 197 people currently hospitalized for a coronavirus-related illness. There are also 40 patients currently in intensive care.
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Internal investigations launched at two Massachusetts soldiers’ homes

HOLYOKE, Mass. — Sources tell 5 Investigates two separate internal investigations have been launched involving employees of Massachusetts soldiers' homes. The probes come in the wake of dozens of veteran deaths at the homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to sources, one investigation involves allegations of an improper relationship. The...
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DESE recommends masks for some Massachusetts students this fall

BOSTON — Massachusetts schools should be in-person, full-time, five days a week in the fall, with masks required for some students when inside, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recommended Friday. The new guidance that was developed with the Department of Public Health outlines recommendations on masking, COVID-19 testing...
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Editorial: Mass. schools’ achievement at head of class

Despite all the complaints from the state’s major teachers unions that we devote too much time in the classroom preparing students for standardized tests, Massachusetts apparently is doing something right. Known for its world-class universities such as Harvard and MIT, the state’s public-education system also has attained an unmatched level...
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Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time'

Welcome to Friday’s Overnight Health Care. Add Disney and Walmart to the employers requiring employees to be vaccinated. If you have any tips, email us at nweixel@thehill.com, psullivan@thehill.com and jcoleman@thehill.com. Follow us on Twitter at @NateWeixel, @PeterSullivan4, and @JustineColeman8. Today: The CDC released data on a Massachusetts COVID-19 outbreak that...