By Josh Resnek
With mask mandates being loosened throughout the nation, there comes the make believe belief that the pandemic is at an end, that we are all safe, again, and that our lives can return to normal.
Wrong – according to epidemiologists.
Between February 14-27 the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 20,938 new cases – so the scourge is hardly at an end – but the end is nearer than it was two months ago.
When does the end finally arrive?
MDPH officials claim COVID-19 is going to be with us for years, that it isn’t going away anytime soon.
At this time, Massachusetts has reported 23,370 deaths since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Total cases reported since the beginning – 1.67 million.
Nationwide, the totals as of this week are this: 78.8 million cases, 947,000 deaths.
Across the nation during the last week of February, 49,320 people were hospitalized. More than 10,000 remained in intensive care wards.
By February 26, 2022, Massachusetts reported that 96.2% of the population here had received at least one dose of vaccine.
That translates into 6,628,576 Massachusetts residents vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated number 5,346,931 or 77.6% of the Massachusetts population.
Monday, Massachusetts reported 29 new deaths and 1,329 new cases.
Massachusetts ended its mask mandate for the public schools Monday.