COVID expands, hospitals fill nationwide

SEPTEMBER 4: Renato Trombini of Know the Facts, Get the Vax program with a flier. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

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.

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COVID jumping dangerously

AUGUST 23: Nancy Pernia has a COVID-19 test administered by Marco Sanabria of Cataldo Ambulance at Rivergreen Park. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

City holds its breath as new cases mount

By JOSH RESNEK

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.

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Delta COVID strain surges, waiting for city hall mandates

By JOSH RESNEK

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.

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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.

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Get vaccinated or get sick

Unbelievably enough, enough, getting vaccinated or not get- ting vaccinated is a very simple matrix.

Those who get vaccinated or not getting vaccinated run almost no risk of catching the virus, of being hospitalized, of getting very sick and dying.

The need for everyone to be vaccinated is absolutely necessary to reduce the risk of the virus maintaining its foothold in our lives and our economic and health and well-being.

Two days ago, while speaking with a young woman I know who is 24, I asked her how she was feeling.

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Swirling Wynns

Encore Boston Harbor. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

Shareholder lawsuit against resort giant moving forward, roller coaster share prices

By JOSH RESNEK

For those of you who follow the stock market’s ups and downs, the past few weeks have seen the decline in the price of Wynn stock.

If you own Wynn stock, then you have experienced rather wide highs and lows during the past year.

Obviously, the close down of casinos and their hotels did not help stock prices during the pandemic.

But the pandemic is over – at least it seems to be over – except for those who refuse to get vaccinated.

The so-called variant virus is now attacking those who have not been vaccinated, and this includes younger people and children of school age.

The variant is attacking even those who have been vaccinated.

This could be problematic for the casino industry. Uncertainty does not allow for stock prices to surge.

Wynn’s stock price has been going down.

It nearly touched its one-year low Tuesday at $98.75.

The upward surge that saw it at $114 just a few weeks ago has disappeared or coalesced, however, an investor wishes to view the situation.

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