The move on May 11 will end six public health emergency orders, one of which requires Bay Staters to wear masks in some health care and congregate care settings.
Tonix CEO Dr. Seth Lederman said he thinks his company’s live virus platform could offer the long-lasting, transmission-blocking protection against COVID-19 that the mRNA vaccines so far haven’t been able to.
Omicron and its sub-variants spread faster and infect more people. And while omicron may present milder cases for the young and middle-aged, that’s not the case for elderly residents and those with chronic health conditions, experts say.
“He was very strong. He was very protective. He kind of marched to the beat of his own drum sometimes …” — Bethany Arguin, daughter of retired New Bedford firefighter Robert Russell Nobrega
“Public health data reveal that positive cases in Massachusetts communities and in our schools have been climbing over recent weeks, fueled by Omicron variant BA.2 and the subvariant BA.2 12.1.” — Mass. Medical Society President Dr. Carole Allen
New daily COVID cases have been rising in the city after sharply declining from early January and remaining mostly steady through March. The state Department of Public Health reported a total of 127 new cases in New Bedford from April 20-25.
The city’s vaccination level is still below 60%, and daily case numbers have risen in April.
Project Beacon will be open for its normal hours on Easter Sunday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at New Bedford Regional Airport.
The Baker administration will begin using a new public health surveillance definition next week, narrowing the time between a confirmed diagnosis and a death required for the fatality to be attributed to COVID-19.
City workers will no longer be required to submit proof of vaccination. And those who had chosen the option of producing weekly negative test results will no longer be required to do so.