Stubborn COVID-19 still a threat

COVID-19 testing is still going strong and with the Delta variant raging Cataldo is available in Everett. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

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.

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PUA benefits ends, many left without financial lifeline

AUGUST 28: The food line at the Grace Everett Food Pantry. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

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.

Now, the party is over, so to speak.

Those out of work need to find work and fast.

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Eviction risk for hundreds

By JOSH RESNEK

The expiration of a national mandate set by the government during the height of the pandemic crisis and extended recently expired Saturday.

Hundreds of Everett residents who owe back rent to their landlords will likely be forced with eviction.

In a worst-case scenario, many families could be forced from their homes and sent into the streets.

This, despite $88 billion distributed to the states by the federal government to pay for rent arrearages.

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Looking at post-pandemic Everett life

JUNE 24: Curative’s weekly stop on Thursday’s in Everett was at Meadows Park. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)


By JOSH RESNEK

More than three weeks since the state relaxed nearly all restrictions it put in place to control the pandemic; Everett has the appearance of a city where not much has changed.

Many, many people are wearing masks wherever they shop or walk about in this city.

Nearly every major and minor business place has not removed plexiglass partitions intended to separate the masses from the virus that shut us down for longer than a year.

Speaking with shop owners and major business managers, one is left with the strong feeling that returning to normal will take quite a while.

We have spoken to friends and relatives about returning to the new normal and what that means.

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The end of the pandemic

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.

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