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Across Massachusetts, case counts and hospitalizations among people 19 and younger have continued to rise — with vaccines still yet to be authorized for younger children. And while children are at very low risk for severe illness, infections can disrupt school, force family members to quarantine and put immunocompromised members of households at risk. We take a look at the current data and what it means for back-to-school season.

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Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association officials said Monday that COVID-19 cases in hospitals here are only "creeping" upward due to the state's higher vaccination rate, writing in their Monday Report that the situation compares favorably with states like Tennessee, Florida and Texas.

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Starting Wednesday, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will require students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors to wear face-coverings in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms and the common areas of residence halls.