Nationally, locally still claiming lives, jamming hospitals
By JOSH RESNEK
COVID-19 cases are numbering about 145,000 a day across the nation, and especially in those states where vaccinations have been lagging for a variety of reasons.
Deaths still number in the many hundreds every day across the nation from COVID-19.
In Massachusetts, COVID-19 cases have spiked but remain under control according to officials from the Department of Public Health.
Numbers of those hospitalized have increased but the hospitalizations have not impacted health care delivery at local hospitals across the state.
Everett’s numbers remain undetermined but are believed to be up.
Testing continues throughout the city at an accelerated rate and at the same time social distancing and plexiglass enclosures remain up in most retail outlets.
Masks are not mandatory in Everett, but a visual count of mask-wearing reveals a great number of men and women wearing masks walking on the streets and shopping in places like McKinnon’s, Walgreens, and Stop and Shop.
For the past 52 weeks, many unemployed Everett residents have been collect- ing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) in addition to Massachusetts unemployment compensation.
Everything ended on September 4.
The extra Federal stimulus payment of $300 per week supplementing nominal Massachusetts unemployment compensation gave a safety net of protection to those boxed out of the current labor market by changes brought on by the COVID-19.
The near-collapse of the US economy in 2020 forced the government to extend as well as enhance unemployment for the first time in modern history.
The aid and comfort given to many thousands of people in Massachusetts was a Godsend.
We believe it is reasonable to surmise that most of the population is extremely pleased that the pandemic – or at least – the rules governing us during the pandemic – appear to be coming to a long-awaited end.
Only the most unseen and unexpected catastrophe can cause us to return to the Draconian existence we have all led since March 2020.
Most noticeable about the end of the restrictions here is that many, many men, women, and children are still wearing facemasks.
This proves that returning to normal is not so easy after living abnormally for longer than one year.
What took almost one year of our lives away from us in the traditional sense of thinking, will likely take at least the year in front of us to correct itself.