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Massachusetts is Returning to Normalcy

Massachusetts is on the road back to normalcy on Monday as 1 million new people become eligible for coronavirus vaccines. It has planned to open all public school districts and send elementary students back to full-time, in-person learning.

The state health officials have made People 55 and older and those with one qualifying health condition can book vaccine appointments. On Friday they expanded the list of qualifying conditions to include type 1 diabetes, HIV, being overweight and having a substance use disorder. This expanded list is the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 72,047 to 3,904,179, o. Sunday. The number of people fully vaccinated are with either two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson rose to 1,478,520.

The state reported 2,263 new confirmed coronavirus cases and has made the state’s total to 605,055 on Saturday. The department also reported 30 new confirmed coronavirus deaths Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 16,938.

As the coronavirus case counts are steadily rising as 90 per cent of school districts in Massachusetts prepare to send elementary school students back to full-time, in-person learning. The cases among public school students and staff members reached their highest weekly total since the beginning of the academic year.

Dr Davidson Hamer, an infectious disease expert at the Boston University schools of Public Health and Medicine said that the timing is not optimal because of the recent rise in cases but this was planned earlier. He also added that it was a difficult call to invite students to educational institutions. The schools should make a good effort to sanitize spaces, enforce social distancing, and ensure mask use, the risk of transmission can be reduced. Routine screenings should be in place to catch outbreaks.

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