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By adamg - 9/19/22 - 9:34 am

BPS alerted parents this morning that "an adult member of our BPS community has been diagnosed with monkeypox." Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/22 - 12:40 pm

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the city has increased 39% over the past week - and that levels of viral particles in the MWRA sewage system, an indicator of what we could see over the next week to ten days, is up 28%, the Boston Public Health Commission reported today. Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/22 - 11:50 pm

The state Department of Public Health today reported six more cases of the viral disease, bringing the state's total number of cases to 13 since it reported the year's first case on May 18. Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/22 - 1:33 pm

In a recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, several doctors at the hospital collaborated to describe the US's first monkeypox case this year, how they diagnosed it, and the way the hospital and the state mobilized to respond to it (note: The report has several photos of the unnamed patient's sores). Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/22 - 11:29 pm

The state Department of Public Health announced the state's fourth case of monkeypox, a virus related to, if less deadly than, smallpox: Read more.

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By adamg - 5/18/22 - 11:11 pm
Deer Island numbers going up

Latest Covid-19 viral counts from the northern half of the MWRA sewer district. Source.

The Boston Public Health Commission reports the Covid-19 test positivity rate across Boston is now 11.5%. Statewide, the seven-day average rate is 9.13%, the state Department of Public Health reports. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/22 - 11:21 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reported today that the citywide Covid-19 test positivity rate has reached 6.2%, up from just 2.2% in early March. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/22 - 9:25 am

The FDA is warning restaurants and retailers not to sell oysters harvested in certain parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia and shipped to, among other places, Massachusetts, because they've been linked to norovirus. The FDA alert provides information on what to look for on oyster shipments and describes norovirus symptoms.

By adamg - 2/21/22 - 9:56 pm
Paul Farmer

NPR reports the death of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard Medical School professor and co-founder of the Boston-based Partners in Health died in his sleep while in Rwanda.

By adamg - 2/8/22 - 4:46 pm

Mayor Wu today set up the criteria the city will use to end the current requirement that patrons and visitors to public indoor spaces, such as restaurants and gyms, have to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination: Read more.

By adamg - 1/12/22 - 9:49 am

In court filings this week, Boston officials say they ordered employees to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination not just to protect them, but to protect the public they serve. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/22 - 11:56 am

Mayor Wu said today that 83 people who had been living in tents along Methadone Mile have been placed in new, "low-threshold" housing - with heat, hot water and ready access to counseling and health services. Read more.

By adamg - 12/20/21 - 10:17 am

COVID-19 Announcement - 12/20/21

Mayor Wu this morning announced "one more step" in an aggressive battle against Covid-19: Starting Jan. 15, everybody over 12 entering private venues in Boston will have to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Read more.

By adamg - 11/21/21 - 9:48 pm

The Curley School in Jamaica Plain is scheduled to re-open for classes tomorrow for the first time in ten days, after school and Boston public-health officials ordered it shut to try to get a handle on a Covid-19 outbreak.

By adamg - 11/9/21 - 8:44 pm
Cassellius and Grassa

Cassellius listens as Curley principal Katie Grassa addresses parents.

BPS and Boston public-health officials said tonight Covid-19 exploded so fast at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain over the last three weeks that they couldn't keep up - and decided this afternoon the best course would be to shut the school for ten days. Read more.

By adamg - 11/9/21 - 1:37 pm

Northeastern University reports that samples from the Covid-19 swabs from students or staff who have flu-like symptoms are now also being tested for, well, the flu, in addition to Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 10/19/21 - 12:20 pm
Kim Janey

Acting Mayor Kim Janey today announced an executive order that aims to move people now creating tent cities at Mass and Cass and elsewhere in Boston into treatment and housing.

"To be clear, tents are not appropriate for housing," because they lack basic services and lead to infectious diseases, violence and human trafficking, Janey said at City Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 9/24/21 - 12:08 am

A judge on Thursday rejected a request by the state troopers union to block a state order that state employees be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Oct. 17 or risk discipline or firing. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/21 - 12:40 pm
Alpaca

An alpaca, although one in Peru, not Middlesex County.

The state Department of Public Health yesterday announced the state's first animal case of West Nile Virus: In an alpaca, somewhere in sprawling Middlesex County, a week after four human cases had been confirmed in the state. Read more.

By adamg - 7/30/21 - 2:16 pm

With delta breakthrough cases on the rise, the state today released updated Covid-19 guidance that calls for anybody who might be at high risk for complication - or who lives or works with somebody who is - to start wearing masks in stores and other indoor places again. Read more.

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