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The contact tracing app was hidden in "settings" of Android phones. If an owner discovered it and deleted it, it would download again anyway, gathering personal and location information about the user and those nearby, the suit says.
The rate of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts as a whole climbed 9 percent last year, to a level that surpasses the state's previous high point in 2016. In Berkshire County, 62 people died of opioid overdoses in 2021, up six from the year before.
Reproductive and gender-affirming health care providers in Massachusetts would gain new protections against legal action brought in other states, as would out-of-state residents who travel here to seek services including abortion, under a budget amendment the Senate adopted Wednesday.
Call by call, staffers with a local program work to connect parents with a sorely needed source of nutrition, particularly in the case of families who need hypoallergenic formula.
New daily cases of COVID-19 in Berkshire County pushed the region this week to the top of national lists, second only to a Connecticut county in the continental U.S.
School officials in Pittsfield knew to expect COVID-19 cases to rise after a recent vacation. But they’re dismayed to find that the increase hasn't stopped. If that continues, the district may return to required use of masks and social distancing.
Pittsfield is in the “red” zone for COVID-19, after the city’s positivity rate went above 5 percent, as it did April 22.
The federal government now says Berkshire County is at “medium” risk for the transmission of COVID-19 — a status shared, as of last week, by just 5 percent of U.S. counties. That may sound worse than it is.
When state public health officials publish Monday's report about the latest COVID-19 impacts on Massachusetts, the cumulative death toll through two years of the pandemic will suddenly stand about 15 percent lower.
Almost exactly two years to the day that the coronavirus pandemic was declared an emergency in Massachusetts, the state's top public health officer is optimistic about the trajectory of the state's response.