A debt I can never repay

Author thanks first responders for saving his life

By STEPHEN PINTO

Saturday, March 20th began like any other Saturday during a year of COVID.

I made breakfast for my mother.

APRIL 5: Everett Fire Engine 3 responds to a call. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

I made certain she had her morning medications. I helped my mom to get dressed and to be ready for the day.

A few days before, on the 16th of March, she turned 94 years.

I poured myself a cup of coffee and I ate some buttered toast.

My appetite didn’t feel too hearty that day less than one month ago.

Later that morning, I was feeling sick to my stomach.

I didn’t know really what to do. I went back to bed.

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Local first responders get Covid-19 vaccine

JANUARY 15: First responders rolled up their sleeve as dozens of area firefighters, police officers and EMTs received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

City suffers 1200 new Coronavirus cases

By JOSH RESNEK

Everett remains one of the top Massachusetts hot spots for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Get-togethers continue throughout the city despite a strong effort by the city government to warn residents about the perils of private gatherings.

The mayor continues to place the blame on the spread of the virus on crowded homes and apartments with family members and visitors not wearing facemasks or exercising social distancing protocol and washing hands repeatedly with disinfectant jell.

The mayor’s recent vacations to Aruba and Arizona run against what he has been urging Everett residents to do – “To please stay at home.”

Everett health officials have reported approximately 1,200 new cases of the virus in the city since January 4.

The city remains in an emergency mode that began last March.

Statewide figures have soared and deaths as well.

Last week, the state reported 4,200 new cases and 67 new deaths attributed to COVID-19.

First responders, high risk residents to get Coronavirus vaccinations soon

Waiting in line a the Rec Center to get tested for Covid-19. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

MA to get 300K doses to combat raging pandemic

By JOSH RESNEK

In or within several weeks, shortly before Christmas or just after, Everett first responders will likely be able to be vaccinated with antivirus vaccines developed during the effort President Donald Trump named, “Operation Ward Speed.”

The state of Massachusetts is expecting to receive 300,000 doses of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks.

The big questions remain, how exactly will they be distributed and who will be vaccinated first?

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Everett Police using precautions To remain free of Coronavirus

First responders change with crisis

By Josh Resnek

The Everett Police Department has changed some of its protocols and is asking the public to respond to new directives so everyone can be kept safe from the virus.

All calls to homes or businesses by the police now requires the caller to come out of their homes and or businesses in order to meet the police outside, according to police officials.

“We are here for everyone but we must make sure we remain vigilant about contracting the virus,” said an Everett police officer who wished to remain unnamed.

On visits to the police station, residents are now required to stand with spaces of six feet between them before approaching officers working the front desk.

Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby for all visitors.

According to a school department official, the entire police station was scrubbed with disinfectant and cleaning materials in recent days following a report, though unconfirmed, that an Everett police officer has apparently come down with the coronavirus.

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