Coronavirus Concerns In Greater Boston Mounts: Patch PM

Jenna Fisher
·3 min read

WALTHAM, MA — It's Oct. 23. we made it to Friday! Here's what Patch has been covering in greater Boston and across Massachusetts.

The latest release of town-by-town coronavirus data from the state Department of Public Health shows the number of communities with concerning levels of coronavirus is starting to head in the wrong direction around greater Boston. It's prompted municipal officials to crack down.

For the two weeks ended Oct 21, Waltham had positive coronavirus test rates of 13. 9, above the state threshold marking it a high-risk community, prompting a public health department to threaten fines for not wearing masks. Advocates are also worried about the continued impact on the city's unhoused population.

In Boston, where 12 people tested positive per 100,000, despite pushback, Mayor Marty Walsh announced he was suspending all in-person learning.

Towns were marked high-risk, or red, if they reported more than eight average daily confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.

Communities dubbed high-risk cannot move on to the next phase of reopening. In Newton, which has a rate of 5.7 bumping it back into in a moderate risk category, officials just outlined how the pandemic has impacted city's finances.

Elsewhere in Greater Boston

Rabies Vaccine Crackdown In Arlington After Massive Raccoon Attack

Remember the story of the mom beating back a raccoon that was attacking her child? Well, now the town is taking action. (Shutterstock)
Remember the story of the mom beating back a raccoon that was attacking her child? Well, now the town is taking action. (Shutterstock)

Animal Control said owners of unvaccinated pets will be cited after a child was bitten by "one of the largest raccoons we've ever seen."

Man Who Says He Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Freed

Attorneys at the Boston College New England Innocence Program said Thomas Rosa Jr. who was convicted in 1993, after three trials, for the murder of an 18-year-old nurse's aide was released. He's maintained he was wrongly convicted.

Newton School Enrollment Down More Than 5 percent Amid Pandemic

Declining enrollment down the road could have an impact on funding, said district officials Monday during a school committee meeting.

Brookline Schools Need Substitute Teachers

Districts across the state are looking for a few good substitute teachers. But amid pandemic, they're difficult to find, and the job looks a bit different this year.

Brookline Can Use Money To Appeal Civil Service Findings: Judge

If you've been following the case of a firefighter in Brookline who claimed racism, and was eventually fired, you likely know this has been a hot topic for years. The town was set to appeal a civil service decision reinstating back pay to him, but the town's legislative body tried to stop it.

Across Massachusetts

State Declares 'Critical Drought' In Charles River Watershed

Did you know there's been a drought for months across Massachusetts? The state is asking residents in communities like Cambridge, Newton and Waltham to conserve water. In Brookline, where the water comes from the Quabbin Reservoir via the MWRA, and they have no current restriction. However, it is having an impact on our trees and other natural resources.

And finally today:

Saturday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. Thousands of voters have already returned their ballots. In Newton and Brookline town officials are already predicting a record turnout. Have you voted already?

In Waltham the line moved fast for early voting, but it got long at times (Jenna Fisher/Patch)
In Waltham the line moved fast for early voting, but it got long at times (Jenna Fisher/Patch)

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This article originally appeared on the Waltham Patch