Coronavirus latest news

  • Updated

AUG. 10, 2021 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's mask guidance based on local transmission levels now recommends people wear face-coverings indoors in all but one Massachusetts county, and from UMass Amherst to Belmont, mask requirements are once again going into place.

  • Updated

JUNE 25 – The COVID-19 state of emergency in Massachusetts has been over for more than a week, but researchers and medical professionals continue to learn more about the virus that has so far infected at least 663,478 people here.

  • Updated

JUNE 15 – After 462 days, the COVID-19 state of emergency ended Tuesday in Massachusetts with a double-digit increase to the state's total coronavirus caseload, a new vaccine milestone surpassed, and the question of what role pandemic policy adaptations will continue to play still unsettled.

  • Updated

JUNE 3 -- For the first time since it was introduced last August, the Department of Public Health's color-coded COVID-19 risk assessment map includes zero communities in the red, high-risk category.

  • Updated

MAY 20 – Massachusetts surpassed the 3.3 million mark on Thursday for residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as the Bay State continues to look ahead to a full reopening just more than one week away.

  • Updated

MAY 18 – As bills to create a paid COVID-19 emergency sick leave program and give businesses relief from unexpectedly higher costs related to unemployment insurance advanced on Tuesday, the Department of Public Health reported 359 new cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths associated with the …

  • Updated

Having taken the weekend to consider the latest federal guidance that dramatically loosened coronavirus restrictions for vaccinated people, Gov. Charlie Baker plans to give an update on the reopening process for Massachusetts late Monday morning.

featured

AMESBURY — It appears supply has outstripped demand as the Lower Merrimack Valley Regional Collaborative announced it will end its COVID-19 vaccination clinics May 22.

  • Updated

APRIL 23 -- The vaccination campaign in Massachusetts caught the attention of a top White House official on Friday, who pointed to the Bay State and a handful of others as examples of some of the highest vaccination rates in the country.

NEWBURYPORT —  Amid concerns that Newburyport High School has become the epicenter of a spike in COVID-19 cases among students, the city's health director confirmed Friday what the superintendent of schools told parents two days earlier — the infections did not take place within the school b…

Public health officials confirmed 1,884 new cases of COVID-19 infections Thursday and announced five recent COVID-19 deaths as the number of people hospitalized with the virus and the state's positive test rate decreased slightly.

featured

In January, when the Baker administration announced a new pooled COVID-19 testing initiative for K-12 schools, Education Secretary James Peyser said technological advances enabled the state "to take our testing program to the next level."

BOSTON — The pandemic has caused major changes in employment, transportation, child care and myriad other areas. On Beacon Hill, policymakers are trying to decide how the state should prepare for a post-pandemic world.

BOSTON — The number of communities at high risk for COVID-19 more than doubled in the past two weeks amid mounting concerns about another surge of infections.

As of Monday, 1.2 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 across the state, Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday reported Thursday.

  • Updated

APRIL 1 -- More than 600,000 people in Massachusetts have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 months, another marker crossed Thursday as the Department of Public Health reported 2,455 new confirmed cases.

featured

NEWBURYPORT — Many sanctuaries may still be closed due to COVID-19 concerns, but religious leaders have found new ways during the pandemic to connect with congregants and keep services available, whether online or outdoors.

AMESBURY — Thousands of people have received doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at local clinics over the past three weekends, but larger-capacity vaccination events could be coming soon.

  • Updated

The Department of Public Health's projection of active COVID-19 cases crept above 30,000 on Sunday, reflecting the increase in new cases in Massachusetts that has drawn attention from health experts.

BOSTON — Local public health officials say they have been sidelined as the state shifts COVID-19 vaccines to large sites and regional collaboratives, causing delays and confusion among the elderly and other high-risk residents.

BOSTON — As child care centers struggle to recover from the pandemic, and parents search for options as they return to work, lawmakers are proposing an overhaul of the industry.

Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday said Thursday the city remained in the "green" low-risk category for COVID-19 transmission but she urged residents to stick with the safety protocols of wearing masks, social distancing and following state guidelines for crowds and restaurant capacity limits.

BOSTON — Nearly a million people in Massachusetts are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the elderly, first responders and other high-risk groups among the first to get their shots. The rest of the state won’t have to wait much longer.

Online Poll

Will you get the COVID vaccine when it becomes available?

You voted:
Listen to Local Pulse

Listen to Local Pulse live at 9 a.m. on Saturdays or go back and listen to previous shows.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries