Everett remains one of the top Massachusetts hot spots for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Get-togethers continue throughout the city despite a strong effort by the city government to warn residents about the perils of private gatherings.
The mayor continues to place the blame on the spread of the virus on crowded homes and apartments with family members and visitors not wearing facemasks or exercising social distancing protocol and washing hands repeatedly with disinfectant jell.
The mayor’s recent vacations to Aruba and Arizona run against what he has been urging Everett residents to do – “To please stay at home.”
Everett health officials have reported approximately 1,200 new cases of the virus in the city since January 4.
The city remains in an emergency mode that began last March.
Statewide figures have soared and deaths as well.
Last week, the state reported 4,200 new cases and 67 new deaths attributed to COVID-19.
Among the worst aspects of this winter that is upon us is that Everett’s schoolchildren and schoolchildren remain learning online at home. Universities’ classroom instruction across the nation has experienced the same fate.
Add to this the extraordinary impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation’s rather slow and painful reaction to it.
Several hundred thousand more deaths from the virus are expected in just the next three or four months, and frankly, vaccines of no vaccines, there appears to be no end in sight for our problems with the virus, with unemployment, with small businesses going under, with major cities experiencing a revolution in where we work, how we work, and creating great questions about the future of many downtowns – and this includes Boston.
Everett has been dramatically affected by the virus and its resulting hassles.
The Encore Hotel and Casino are right now all about dreariness. The hotel is closed. The casino is restricted from generating money – which the city is relying on for our Host City payment – and it is a question mark when everything is going to change, or return to normal, as we like to say.