Massachusetts announced more than 770 new cases of the COVID virus this week.
Just when we thought we were over with the virus that derailed our lives for longer than a year, it appears to be attempting a comeback in its old form and with new strains.
A number of new cases were reported in Everett and in neighboring cities and towns – nothing like when the virus was out of control – but enough to make the clear thinking people among us stop and to think.
Could it happen again? Is it happening again right now?
This comes against a backdrop of life returning to a new normal and of life being different for many of us than in the years before the virus changed our lives.
Most men and women working for larger corporations in big buildings have not returned to work and will likely not be returning for a long time.
We are a nation now that works from home or by ZOOM meetings.
Everett residents and people living all over the nation, from coast to coast, from the north to the deep south, believe the COVID-19 monster has been beaten.
In fact, as millions of people began moving about recently because of the mass vaccinations against the virus, new infections and hospitalizations are rising again.
Over the weekend, Everett was placed in the “red zone” of city’s where the virus is especially prevalent.
This dramatic reappearance of Everett as a hot spot was met head-on by Monday’s reopening of the public schools to grades K-5.
CDC experts warn of a fourth possible spike in new infections and everything that results from them.
The feeling isn’t unanimous, but experts believe a loosening up of restrictions on large crowds and gatherings of all kinds, as well as restaurants and sporting events, will lead to mass numbers of new cases of the virus.
One year ago, the world changed overnight for most Americans.
About this time last March, former President Donald Trump announced to the nation that the pandemic wouldn’t amount to anything and that we had it under control.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria shut down the city and went to Aruba for a vacation.
The public schools closed. They are scheduled to reopen on April 5 after a year has passed.
One year later, and our world has been turned upside down.
Whether or not you believe the virus was deadly, we have endured a historic year, a year of loss and serious self-examination, a year of staying to ourselves and our families; a year apart from our families and loved ones; a year without movement as we have always known it.
One year ago, this week, six Americans had died of COVID-19.
We are now 530,000 deaths into the count from those who succumbed to the ravages of the COVID-19 virus – more per capita deaths than anywhere in the world during the past twelve months.
In Massachusetts, in Everett, in nearly every city in the United States, COVID-19 statistics reveal a much-improved situation with the virus which has taken 520,000 American lives and which has affected millions around the world.
For all the good news coming out of the CDC, epidemiologists claim that another surge is possible if Americans let down their guard.
“This is not a time to stop wearing masks,”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s chief epidemiologist said over the weekend.
He was responding to orders by the governors of Texas and Florida that virus mitigation efforts aren’t really part of the state’s responsibility anymore, rather, it is the responsibility of the citizens.
Here in Massachusetts, where a different type of sanity exists about science and what it proves, residents throughout the state are continuing to exercise extreme caution.
Everett remains a facemask always city, as it should.