Everett at about %70 vaccinated, school masks requirements in force
By JOSH RESNEK
If you listen to Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Polito talk about it, the virus can and has been contained in Massachusetts because the population here is not at odds about being vaccinated and to wear masks and to social distance.
“Our figures are a reflection of the high standards we keep in the state of Massachusetts. Massachusetts residents don’t have to be sold on the advantage of paying attention to science over superstition,” Polito told the Leader Herald.
Here in Everett, about 70% of the residents have been vaccinated against the COVID-19, according to Massachusetts Department of Health officials.
This is good but not good enough.
With 30% of the Everett population not vaccinated, a lot of room is left for the COVID-19 virus to find a home and to hang around, and to grow.
If enough spreader-type events take place among those largely unvaccinated, Massachusetts will suffer the consequences as a result.
Testing and vaccinations continue in Everett while at the same time new cases of the COVID and the more deadly variant are popping up in increasing numbers.
Everett city government has not proposed plans to deal with this new onslaught of the virus that wreaked havoc all last year causing thousands to get sick and hundreds to die.
At the state level, the governor and state health officials remain confident that a return to yesterday will not be occurring here.
However, the resurgence of the virus and the variant are now running amok, especially in those states where much of the population believes the virus, the sickness it causes, and deaths are a government plot.
The largest number of new cases everywhere is coming from the parts of the population that have refused to be vaccinated.
Refusing vaccination for those with pre-existing medical conditions and now for school-age youth, can be a death sentence.
Many supporters of former President Donald Trump believe masks are useless and that the vaccines are loaded with mind-controlling or lethal ingredients.
The facemasks controversy has been the cause for the widespread of the virus.
At the beginning of the summer, there was the wide- spread belief held among many of us that the virus had passed us by, that restrictions on our lives were at an end, and that the new normal was taking over.
Massachusetts residents flocked to get vaccinated, virus numbers dipped, hospitalizations dropped, deaths came to a nearly total end.
That was then, this is now.
“We have underestimated this virus and celebrated prematurely,” said Ali Mokdad, a professor who has projected COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths throughout the pandemic at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
The harsh predictions of another rising wave of the virus among the Massachusetts population come as the state and the nation grapple with whether to adopt new restrictions in hopes of slowing COVID’s renewed spread.
Last week, Governor Charlie Baker enacted one of the nation’s strictest vaccination requirements for state employees, while Acting Mayor Kim Janey on Friday announced a mask mandate for indoor public places in Boston, a measure that takes effect at 8 a.m. on Aug. 27 as the city continues to battle the virus.