CBS Boston: Massachusetts Has Now Reported More Than 5,000 Breakthrough COVID Infections, 80 Deaths. “More than 5,000 breakthrough COVID infections have been reported in Massachusetts, according to the latest Department of Public Health data. But the rate of fully vaccinated people ending up in the hospital remains low. A total of 5,166 breakthrough cases have been reported through July 17, resulting in 80 deaths. A week ago, there were 4,450 cases and 79 deaths reported among fully vaccinated people.”
Carscoops: Auto Group Is Taking Massachusetts To Court Over Voter-Approved ‘Right To Repair’ Law. “The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade group representing General Motors, the former FCA brands, and other automakers, is going to trial to fight a voter-approved measure that would expand access to vehicle data in Massachusetts. The measure is part of a wider law in the state that would seek to help independent shops protect their ability to work with the increasingly complicated automotive technologies that define new vehicles and ultimately continue to repair new vehicles.” This applies to computer electronics, too, which is why I’m including this article.
Boston Herald: Massachusetts testing Bluetooth app that alerts users of possible coronavirus exposure
Boston Herald: Massachusetts testing Bluetooth app that alerts users of possible coronavirus exposure. “Massachusetts public health officials are testing a Bluetooth app that alerts users if they have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus — a “new tool in our toolbox to fight COVID,” Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone tells the Herald.”
Boston Herald: 32 Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for coronavirus transmission as red zone doubles over two weeks
Boston Herald: 32 Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for coronavirus transmission as red zone doubles over two weeks. “The number of Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for COVID-19 transmission has more than doubled in the past two weeks, rising to 32 this week from a low of 14 as officials sound alarms about local outbreaks.”
ABC News: More than 800 Massachusetts State Police employees decline COVID-19 vaccine. “More than 800 Massachusetts State Police employees declined to receive the COVID-19 vaccine despite being in the first stage of priority for the doses, police sources said. A total of 845 members of the MSP, including sworn personnel and civilian officers, declined to receive the vaccine at state police clinics. That’s about 30% of the force’s sworn and civilian officers.”
‘We’re Not Going to Play That Game’: Baker Defends Decision to Wait on Teacher Vaccinations (10 Boston)
10 Boston: ‘We’re Not Going to Play That Game’: Baker Defends Decision to Wait on Teacher Vaccinations. “Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker defended the state’s vaccination rollout Thursday and said he has no intention of taking doses away from vulnerable populations in order to make them available to teachers.”
American Ancestors: Massachusetts Catholic Cemetery Records Now Available Online. “Researchers can now search hundreds of thousands of records containing detailed information about people buried in eastern Massachusetts Catholic cemeteries through a new online database, thanks to a partnership between American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Archive Department of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB), and The Catholic Cemetery Association of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. (CCA).” You will have to have a membership to American Ancestors.
Taunton Daily Gazette: Silver City Galleria fan says thanks for the memories with online mall archive
Taunton Daily Gazette: Silver City Galleria fan says thanks for the memories with online mall archive. “If you’re a fan of the soon-to-be-demolished Silver City Galleria mall, you’re far from the only one. In fact, 29-year-old Bridgewater resident James Walsh felt so nostalgic about his time spent there that he’s created an online archive for the mall for Galleria-lovers like himself to enjoy.”
Universal Hub: Twitter feed alerts you when new vaccination slots open up. “Dan Cahoon, a Cambridge software wizard, has spun up a bot that ‘scrapes’ the state immunization site and posts alerts when new batches of Covid-19 vaccination slots open up, along with a link to the relevant shot spot’s signup form.” This is for Massachusetts.
CBS Boston: Massachusetts Creates Vaxfinder, A New Website To Help People Book COVID Vaccine Appointments
CBS Boston: Massachusetts Creates Vaxfinder, A New Website To Help People Book COVID Vaccine Appointments. “There’s still the state’s main website to land a COVID vaccine appointment. But now, a new tool called Vaxfinder has been added. The state is hoping Vaxfinder does simplify the process by showing appointments and availability in one location.”
Boston Public Library: Boston Public Library makes historical images available for use in Wikipedia. “In celebration of Wikipedia’s 20th anniversary on January 15th, Boston Public Library has uploaded more than 8,000 historical photographs from its archival collections to Wikimedia Commons. These images include some of the library’s most important photographic collections, and contribute to the single largest batch of uploads ever contributed to Wikimedia Commons. By uploading these public domain images, BPL is making them available so that they can be freely used to enhance Wikipedia articles, re-printed in publications, or incorporated in student projects and papers.”
Boston Globe: Coronavirus traces found in Mass. wastewater reach highest levels yet of the fall surge
Boston Globe: Coronavirus traces found in Mass. wastewater reach highest levels yet of the fall surge. “In a troubling sign, the amount of coronavirus found in wastewater at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s Deer Island treatment plant has reached the highest level yet of the fall surge. New recent highs in COVID-19 RNA copies per milliliter of wastewater were reached for the southern section and the northern section, which includes Boston, according to the latest tests, which were conducted up until Tuesday.”
Gizmodo: Massachusetts Lawmakers Voted To Ban Police From Using Facial Recognition Tech. “Massachusetts lawmakers voted on Monday to pass a police reform bill that would outlaw the use of facial recognition technology by police departments and other public agencies in the state. The bill now heads to Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker for his signature.”
Boston Globe: A database of 10 years of Boston Police disciplinary action. “Amid heightened scrutiny of law enforcement across the nation, the Boston Globe sought to assess the extent of misconduct and discipline within the Boston Police Department. The City of Boston does not provide a comprehensive, transparent system that allows residents to keep tabs on its police. So, the Globe decided to amass public records, cross reference the data, and create its own.”