DECEMBER 29: The long line for COVID test wrapped all away around Rivergreen Park and the wait was more than three hours. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

A New Massive Wave of Infections Obscures End

By Josh Resnek

It grows more difficult every day to figure out the dangers and the oddities of the COVI- 19 attack on America and the world.

As we began the first week of the New Year, COVID-19 and Omicron cases by the millions have raised serious questions about the economic recovery from the pandemic which appears not only stalled but buried, at least for now.

Infection figures in Massachusetts soared over the top last week and into this week.

Massachusetts reported 135,000 new cases during the last two weeks ending on January 2. On January 3, 21,000 new cases were reported.

Testing is ongoing. More than 100,000 people a day are being tested in Massachusetts. Almost 2,000 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Of that number, 387 are presently patients in Intensive Care Units, with 243 patients on respirators. The Omicron strain of the COVID virus is spreading across the nation like wildfire.

While deaths and hospitalizations remain manageable, it is the economy that is beginning to suffer because of the disruption the sickness brings to the nation’s business life.

All businesses remain in flux because of the upsurge in new cases.

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COVID-19 Nightmare Refuses to Stop Health Care System Strained to the Edge

Cataldo Ambulance COVID-19 specialist Nicholas McKenzie takes a nasal sample of an area resident. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Facing Another Winter of Our Discontent

By Josh Resnek

The rapid spread, again, of COVID-19, augmented by the superspreading of Omicron, has caused the Massachusetts National Guard to be deployed to hospitals and ambulance services to help with a staffing shortage that has left the state’s health care system strained amid a extraordinary surge of the COVID virus.

Also, Hospitals with less than 15% of their staffed medical-surgical and intensive care unit bed capacity available must postpone or cancel non-essential, non-urgent scheduled procedures likely to result in inpatient admissions to comply with a new Department of Public Health order issued Monday.

The holiday weekend was marred by thousands of airline flight cancellations at airports around the nation that stranded tens of thousands of travelers.

College and professional sporting teams have been forced to reschedule games, and in some instance, the games were cancelled.

In Greater Boston, dozens of restaurants and some colleges and universities have closed temporarily or returned to on-line instruction for the next several weeks.

Here in Everett, the public schools remain open with a mask mandate in force for teachers and students and all employees of the School Department.

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COVID-19 figures jumping dramatically

What does the future hold for the city?

By Josh Resnek

With the near doubling of new infections from COVID-19 last week in Massachusetts, state and local health officials are taking a closer look at what the next few months might prove to be like.

Locally, testing continues and vaccinations are ongoing.

Statewide, the same is true.

Some U.S. public schools are moving online for a day a week — sometimes more. Parents are scrambling to find child care, and many worry that their children will fall further behind, the New York Times reported Monday.

The reason? Staff burnout. Teacher and staff shortages.

School districts cited various reasons for the temporary closings, from a rise in Covid-19 cases to a need to thoroughly sanitize classrooms. But for many schools, the remote learning days — an option that did not exist before the pandemic — are a last-ditch effort to keep teachers from resigning. They are burned out, educators said, after a year of trying to help students through learning loss, and working overtime to make up for labor shortages.

According to the Times, tensions are high everywhere.

Does this include Everett?

Of course it does.

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Covid cases jumping nationally and locally with no real end in sight

Cataldo Ambulance personal are still hard at work helping to collect Coronavirus swabs at Rivergreen Park. (Photo by Josh Resnek)

By Josh Resnek

Unbelievably enough, from November 22 to December 5, Massachusetts reported thousands of new cases of COVID-19.

The numbers of new cases has risen dramatically during the past few months.

The seven day average of new cases for the above period was 2,856 new cases.

To date, Massachusetts has recorded 19,849 deaths from COVID-19. Middlesex County leads the pack with 3,998 deaths and 175,000 cases.

Almost 1 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Massachusetts since the pandemic began.

Nationwide, 54,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Almost 14,000 are in intensive care units.

Between November 22 and December 5 Massachusetts logged 45,111 new cases.

The seven day national average of new cases is at 121,377, according to statistics compiled by the New York Times.

As of the beginning of December, 86.5%of the residents of Massachusetts had received at least one shot of vaccine.

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Everett Residents Should Get Booster Shots Ahead of Dangerous Spike

Dr. Fauci Predicts Uptick in Virus

By Josh Resnek

One to four cases of COVID-19 have been reported every day in Everett’s Public Schools since the school year began. This includes students and staff.

No schools, classes or grades have been shut in the EPS system in 2021.

The staff is mostly vaccinated.

The local population is largely vaccinated but with smaller, yet major percentages unvaccinated.

COVID-19 remains a part of the EPS program and of every public school system program even at this late date.

Defending against a return of COVID-19 is part of the daily routine for schools everywhere throughout Massachusetts.

Mask requirements through the New Year across the state’s public schools remain in effect.

Many experts who study the COVID-19 virus are predicting a winter of our discontent about to hit us like a deadly collision.

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