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By adamg - 10/5/23 - 6:12 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission reports power went out at its Woods-Mullen Shelter on Massachusetts Avenue near Boston Medical Center around 3 a.m. and remains out as of this evening. Read more.

By adamg - 9/13/23 - 1:20 pm
Murphy makes her plea

Erin Murphy calls for immediate emergency declaration.

Councilor Erin Murphy (at large) today urged her colleagues to tell the Boston Public Health Commission it should declare a formal state of emergency exists at Mass and Cass. Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/23 - 2:02 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission announced today that it's shutting its vaccination sites at the Hyde Park community center and the Fiorentino center in Allston and the Lena Park CDC in Dorchester on May 13, because so few people are now showing up for shots. Read more.

By adamg - 4/3/23 - 9:41 am

The owner of a Quality Inn on the Revere/Saugus line is suing the Boston Public Health Commission for the money it says it's owed for holding all of its rooms for three months in 2021 for Mass and Cass denizens who Boston never actually sent there once Revere and Saugus officials erupted in anger on learning of the plan. Read more.

By adamg - 1/12/23 - 3:44 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by 19 people against the city's requirement that they show proof of Covid-19 vaccination in most indoor public spaces because they failed to prove they were actually harmed by the rule. Read more.

By adamg - 12/9/22 - 9:43 am

The Boston Public Health Commission reports 700 new flu cases in Boston over the past week - along with "a rapid increase in influenza-related pediatric hospitalizations." Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/22 - 12:12 pm
Where the sewage monitors are, or soon will be

Map of installed and planned Covid-19 test sites, from BPHC

Boston has hired the company that has been sampling sewage at Deer Island for the presence of Covid-19 viral particles to perform similar tests at 11 sites across Boston, Boston Public Health Commission Executive Director Bisola Ojikutu told a City Council committee today. 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 - 3/7/22 - 11:35 pm

Update: Case dismissed.

A group of anti-vaxxers who sued to try to block a Boston indoor vaccine mandate aren't letting the end of the requirement stop them: They've filed an amended complaint that now seeks $6 million for each of them for alleged harm the rule did them. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/22 - 9:25 pm

Update: Case dismissed.

A group of anti-vaxxers, led by the suspended cop who is part of another group that screams at Michelle Wu's kids about how their mom is Hitler, today filed a federal suit to try to overturn the city's requirement people show proof of vaccination at restaurants and other indoor spaces - hours before Wu announced she was lifting the mandate because of how far Covid-19 statistics in Boston have fallen. Read more.

By adamg - 2/11/22 - 10:43 am

Boston's Covid-19 numbers are dropping fast enough that the city could meet its metrics for ending a requirement that indoor diners and gym users show proof of vaccination "in the coming weeks," Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission said this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/20 - 3:25 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission is urging civil rights/Black Lives Matter protesters to get tested for Covid-19: Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/20 - 12:14 pm

Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital said today they've begun recruiting 1,000 people in East Boston, Roslindale and in 02121 and 02125 for antibody testing that might help show just how widespread the virus is in those communities. Read more.

By adamg - 4/10/20 - 8:58 pm
Covid-19 rate map for Boston neighborhoods

Boston Public Health Commission figures released tonight show the South End now has the highest rate of Covid-19 infection among city neighborhoods - its 282 confirmed cases as of Thursday give it a rate of 78.9 cases per 10,000 people, compared to a rate of 66.6 in the neighborhood with the next highest rate, Hyde Park. Read more.

By adamg - 11/26/19 - 8:39 am

NBC Boston reports on the decision by the Boston Public Health Commission to ban menthols from convenience stores and other places where the under-21 set is allowed in.

By adamg - 2/8/18 - 9:16 am

A city analysis of public-health data from 2016 and 2017 shows Bostonians are having healthier babies and are less likely to grow up smoking, or do lots of binge drinking or have unsafe sex than in years past. But the numbers also show a rapid rise in opioid deaths and too many of us are anxious and torpid - fewer Bostonians are exercising and rates of certain chronic diseases remain unchanged. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/17 - 2:39 pm

The Boston City Council agreed today to hold a hearing on the recent decision of the Boston Public Health Commission to shutter two programs, with a total of 40 beds at the Southampton Street shelter, aimed at helping homeless people - in particular those who are HIV positive - gradually reenter society. Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/15 - 8:45 pm

The Boston Board of Health voted today to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in the city from 18 to 21. That includes e-cigarettes.

By adamg - 12/8/15 - 2:54 pm

UPDATE: It's norovirus, Boston Public Health Commission reports

When news broke of an apparent foodborne illness striking down BC students who ate at the Cleveland Circle Chipotle, the chain issued a press release that made it sound like it had closed the outlet voluntarily.

In fact, Boston health inspectors ordered the place shut yesterday, both because of those ailments and for two other key reasons:

"There was an employee that was sick during their shift on Thursday."

"Chicken on the service line is 128F and steak is 124F. Provide proper hot holding of 140F or above."

Public-health official say that there have been 65 cases so far - some among people not affiliated with BC.

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