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Are Masks Back In Massachusetts? Officials Weigh A Mandate Following CDC Guidance

BOSTON (CBS) – In the 48 hours since the CDC announced new guidance recommending mask-wearing indoors regardless of vaccination status, Governor Charlie Baker has not announced what that means for Massachusetts. According to the CDC’s COVID-19 risk map, Barnstable, Bristol, and Suffolk counties are all considered to have “substantial” or more spread of COVID-19, meaning the indoor mask guidance for all people is recommended. As of Wednesday, Baker said he was still “processing,” calling a potential mask mandate a “tough decision.” Out in Boston on Thursday, some people are already masking up again. “Slightly concerned for my safety and the safety of...
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Boston Mayor Janey to Hold Press Conference on Public Health

Boston Mayor Kim Janey is expected to hold a press conference Thursday amid growing concern over rising COVID-19 cases in the city. Janey is slated to hold a press conference on public health and safety at 12:30 p.m. The city is among the areas in Massachusetts where federal health officials...
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CDC Recommends Face Masks Indoors For Fully Vaccinated Americans Again In ‘Substantial Or High’ COVID Transmission Areas

BOSTON (CBS) — The Centers for Disease Control announced Tuesday that fully vaccinated Americans in communities with substantial or high COVID transmission should once again wear face masks in public indoor settings. The announcement comes as the highly contagious Delta variant has caused a rise in cases COVID nationwide, including some breakthrough cases among the fully vaccinated. According to a map of COVID tracking data on the CDC’s website, Suffolk County, Bristol County, Cape Cod and the Islands are among the Massachusetts areas with substantial or high transmission. (WBZ-TV graphic) “With the Delta variant, vaccinating more Americans is more urgent than ever,” CDC...
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Employment trends in the Greater Boston Area and Touristy Massachusetts Counties during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Using MassEconomix, Pioneer Institute’s database on employment and the economy, county-level business concentration and employment trends can be observed. Thousands of Americans lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only was this drop in employment apparent in the Boston area, but also in less densely populated Massachusetts counties. Those reliant on tourism also lost jobs.
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Hebrew College partners with local groups to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Hebrew College in Newton is working with local organizations in the region to help address vaccine hesitancy in local communities of color hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Faith in the Vaccine Ambassador Program, which was launched this summer and will run through December, helps connect about 30 student volunteers with local groups already working to help build support for vaccines.
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All aboard the Vax Express!

BOSTON — All aboard, the Vax Express!. The whistle stop tour for the train packed with COVID-19 vaccines pulled into the Blue Hill Avenue station in Mattapan on Wednesday. “Whether it’s on Main Street or our tracks, we are trying to meet people where they are to make sure they are getting their first if not their second vaccination,” said state Sen. Nick Collins, who represents the 1st Suffolk District.
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Politics in the Era of Global Pandemic 2.0

As incoming students look forward to a more recognizable school year of in-person classes and activities on campus, outbreaks in other parts of the world are a reminder that the pandemic is far from over. This summer, first year students will take part in the free online Suffolk University Summer...