Everett still in “red”, urged to continue precautions as second wave appears forming
By JOSH RESNEK
Massachusetts reported the highest number of new virus infection cases earlier this week, a trend which is continuing.
The rising numbers have prompted a widening of the “red communities” throughout the state to include about 10 locations.
The state notified the city Monday that Everett, and nine others, have been sent an emergency alert by the COVID-19 Command Center to warn of the higher possibility of infection here and in neighboring cities like Chelsea and Revere. Lynn also made the list.
The alert, sent to mobile phone holders encouraged facemask wearing, hand washing, and social and physical distancing.
The city ended its second consecutive week with more than 100 new cases of the virus.
Monday alone, 827 new cases of the virus were reported by the Department of Public Health throughout the state.
Fifteen new deaths were added to the state total of almost 9,800 since the pandemic hit us in March.
Everett has been struggling with the virus and its effects on the local economy and city government since the shutdown last March.
With winter almost upon us, not very much has changed.
Everett remains a ‘Red” community where infections and rates remain higher than in most other communities in Massachusetts.
Expert epidemiologists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are now predicting that a second surge of the virus may be coming with the winter, which would add a great deal of difficulty to the city’s response to it.
Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the nation’s leading epidemiologists reporting to the president was in Boston over the weekend.
Throughout the United States, the epidemic is gaining strength and speed.
The numbers are rising in much of the United States. The numbers have ballooned over the top, with almost 50,000 new cases of the virus being reported every day.
The president’s release from the hospital Monday evening stunned many Americans already made uneasy about the news he was infected.
President Trump’s hospitalization shocked adversaries and supporters alike all over the nation over the weekend as did news of the infection of at least a dozen members of his staff and several members of the US Senate.
The president’s illness set off wild speculation about how sick he was or is, how long he knew about being sick and whether or not he went on a campaign stop knowing he was sick and possibly made others sick. His supporters didn’t care. His detractors made like it was the coming end of the world.
In such a confusing situation, it is difficult for Americans to know what matters and what doesn’t.
After a potent regimen of therapeutic anti-viral drugs pumped into his system, he seemed to be doing well and even made a sensational motorcade trip to wave to his supporters holding flags for him in front of the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
Everett city councilors commenting on the president’s illness appeared united in the belief that leadership during a time of a pandemic is key to the nation beating the virus or at the very least, meeting its health challenge to all of us.
Everyone interviewed was respectful of the president without wishing him ill or harm, revealing that Democrats here are of a higher order when it comes to weighing in on presidential politics.
Councilor Fred Capone said the president contracting the virus might be an opportunity for him to have a learning experience.
“Maybe he’ll have a clearer perspective and what we need as a nation to fight the virus,” he said earlier this week.
Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien said she believes that President Trump caught the virus because of a lack of leadership, that the example he never set came back to haunt him.