Boston (AFP) – The number of newly confirmed deaths from the Coronavirus in Massachusetts increased by 41 while the number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased by more than 2,200.
The new deaths pushed the state’s number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 to 13,930 and the number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to over 481,000.
The true number of cases is likely higher because studies indicate that some people can become infected and not feel ill.
More than 1,900 people were reported to be hospitalized on Tuesday due to confirmed cases of COVID-19, with around 430 in intensive care units.
The average age of those admitted to hospital was 71. There have been an estimated more than 85,000 currently active cases of COVID-19 in the state.
The number of probable or confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported in long-term care facilities has risen to 7,944.
Teachers’ unions – the vaccine
Two statewide teacher unions have erred on Governor Charlie Baker’s vaccine distribution plan, saying they will slow the safe return of more personal learning in public schools and colleges by delaying teacher vaccination by several weeks or more.
“The governor continues to push schools to reopen their doors to personal learning more quickly, regardless of the risks to staff and students, and yet he has made it very difficult to do so safely,” said Beth Kuntos, president of the American Federation of Teachers in Massachusetts.
Miri Njeimi, president of the Massachusetts Teachers’ Union, said the changes will make it difficult to open schools.
She said, “It is a shame that the people affected by this decision have to find out again in a press conference at the same time with anyone else, without prior notice.”
Baker on Monday defended the state’s vaccine deployment plan, saying the state had decided to focus first on what he described as “hard-to-reach” and populations at risk.
Boston business reopens
Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday that gyms, cinemas and museums are among the businesses in Boston that will be allowed to reopen on Monday with limited capacity.
Walsh said at a city council press conference that this step will be the first part of a three-stage reopening plan that was drawn up due to improved numbers about the spread of the Corona virus in the city.
As of January 17, the city had an average of 415 confirmed COVID-19 cases per day, down from a high of 590 earlier in the month, while the city’s positivity rate had decreased to 7.2%, down from around 9. % in early time. January, officials said.
The reopening of the business will be limited to 25% of its capacity. The mayor said all gatherings and events are still subject to the current capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
Walsh, President Joe Biden’s candidate for labor secretary, also said that a comprehensive vaccination site will open at Reggie Lewis Racecourse and Sports Center in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood next week.