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West Nile Virus Found In Mass. For First Time This Year

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 11:23am

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said two mosquitoes collected on July 7 in Belmont tested positive for the virus.

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CRISPR Comes To COVID: A Pandemic Pivot And The Push For A Simple Coronavirus Test

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 5:37am

With coronavirus tests in short supply around the country, the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR could help, and a Cambridge, Mass. company is trying to develop quick, cheap, accurate tests that could help with reopening.

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How 2 Hard-Hit New England Cities Slowed Coronavirus Infections

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 5:36am

With large populations of residents vulnerable to COVID-19, Chelsea, Mass. and Central Falls, R.I. had to cope with early spikes in cases. Months later, both cities offer lessons in controlling the infection.

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State Report Sheds Light On Mass. Hospitals' Troubled Finances

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 1:46pm

Seventy-nine percent of hospitals -- 38 of 48 that reported data -- had positive total margins as of Dec. 31. As of March 31, the percentage had dropped significantly -- 36 percent, or 21 of 58 hospitals, said they had positive total margins.

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As Mass. Scales Back Contact Tracing Program, Frustrated Local Officials Say It's Been 'Unreliable'

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:16am

Local health officials complain that the state's contact tracing effort has been beset with computer glitches, inadequate training, and poor communication.

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Data Shows Virus Spread In Nursing Homes Down Sharply In Mass.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 8:13pm

The rate of positive tests, new daily COVID-19 cases and daily deaths in long-term care facilities are all now showing declines from earlier in the pandemic, according to a state presentation.

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'First Step' Mass. Research Turns Off Key Gene In ALS That Runs In Families

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 5:14pm

The method uses small molecules called "micro-RNAs," delivered by a virus into the spinal fluid, to block a gene key in the fatal nerve disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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'Stop The Spread' Initiative Will Increase Testing Capacity In Eight Mass. Towns

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 1:03pm

The increased testing will be available in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, and New Bedford.

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State Bracing For High Number Of Mosquito-Borne EEE Cases

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 1:24pm

Mosquitoes have already tested positive for EEE in the towns of Wendell and Orange in Franklin County, state Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said as officials discussed the state’s preparations for mosquito season in Plymouth.

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COVID-19 Survivors Share Their Experiences, Urge Caution As Mass. Reopens

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 11:22am

With Massachusetts' reopening plans moving ahead, early survivors of COVID-19 in the state are hoping their experiences will convince others to be cautious.

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A Health Expert Weighs In As Mass. Braces For Phase Three Reopening

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 6:20am

While the decision to reopen further does falls in line with Massachusetts' low average positive test rate for COVID-19 -- just 1.8 percent -- the coronavirus reality in many other states is going from bad to worse.

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EEE Detected In Mosquito Sample From Orange, Mass., State Health Officials Say

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 4:19pm

The sample was collected on July 1 near the town of Orange in Franklin County, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in a statement released Friday.

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Warren, Markey Report Finds ‘Crisis’ In Nation’s Assisted Living Facilities

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 12:15pm

While nursing homes have been in the spotlight during the pandemic, a "parallel crisis" has festered in assisted living residences.

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FEMA Captain Discusses Unique Problems Associated With COVID-19

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 8:44am

A FEMA administration for the New England states talks about how the federal agency is supporting citizens throughout the pandemic and the challenges it is facing.

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Qué papel juega el Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative en la batalla contra el COVID-19

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 3:12pm

El CTC estima que entre el 10% y el 15% de los casos solicitan asistencia

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Why COVID-19 Contact Tracers In Mass. Will Send You Milk

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 5:52am

In Massachusetts, people who have tested positive for the coronavirus or been exposed to COVID-19 get help with everything from groceries to legal assistance, whatever it takes so they can stay put and avoid infecting anyone else.

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Los Temores De Un Aumento De Casos De COVID-19 No Se Han Materializado En Massachusetts

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 8:27pm

Pero a pesar de las protestas, de que los restaurantes comenzaron a admitir comensales en sus locales, y la lenta resurrección de las compras y otras actividades, los temores de un nuevo aumento en los casos de coronavirus hasta ahora no se han materializado.

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An Infectious Disease Expert On Why Mass. Has Been Successful At Flattening The Curve So Far

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 8:02am

Dr. Nadia Abuelezam, infectious disease expert and assistant professor at Boston College Connell School of Nursing, joined WBUR's Morning Edition to explain how Massachusetts' approach has been successful so far.

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Health Experts Feared COVID-19 Would Surge Back In Mass. After Protests And Businesses Reopening. It Hasn't

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 5:47am

Health scientists believe Massachusetts residents largely have themselves to thank for that. They credit widespread adherence to basic COVID-19 precautions such as mask-wearing, hand-washing and maintaining a safe distance from others.

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For The First Time In Months, Mass. Recorded A Day Free Of COVID-19 Deaths

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 6:46pm

The state hasn't had a day without a recorded coronavirus-related death since March.

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