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As Massachusetts grapples with record COVID-19 case counts amid the omicron-fueled winter surge, two widely cited analyses offer different outlooks on the state's public health footing.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday morning that his administration had purchased 26 million new rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 that would be prioritized for K-12 schools and child care centers over the coming months.
High-ranking lawmakers are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to consider a menu of pandemic management options, including quarantine and isolation shelters and a pause on school mask mandate exemptions.
The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative gave COVID-19 shots to about 1,000 people Saturday, during a clinic at Berkshire Community College. The collaborative relaunched its community vaccine efforts as demand for boosters and vaccine appointments has soared in recent weeks.
Higher prices at grocery stores and retail shops and for energy are likely to stick around for much of the next year.
State officials are eyeing ways to add COVID-19 testing capacity in Massachusetts and could make an announcement as to those efforts in the next few days.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Saturday that a case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant was detected in the state.
Count Gov. Charlie Baker among the public officials who eagerly are awaiting answers to crucial questions about the latest COVID-19 mutant and whether it could alter the nature of the coronavirus pandemic and the public health response.