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Glory Maldonado (left) received a COVID-19 test from Robin Perez while at a drive-thru COVID testing site in the parking lot of Eastfield Mall in Springfield.

In less vaccinated Western Mass., overwhelmed hospitals, but progress on vaccinations

As the highly contagious Omicron variant storms across the state, Hampden — home to Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke — remains the least vaccinated county in Massachusetts.

Sharon Desbecker was supposed to have a procedure on her spine earlier this week at Brigham and Women’s, but it was canceled.

Hospitals postponing thousands of surgeries amid onslaught of COVID and other patients

The situation is so bad that it’s forcing hospital administrators to make heartbreaking choices to limit all but the most urgent surgeries and procedures.

New evidence suggests Epstein-Barr virus, shown here, can initiate multiple sclerosis.

Strong new evidence suggests a virus triggers multiple sclerosis

Infection with Epstein-Barr virus, best known for causing mononucleosis, increased the likelihood of developing multiple sclerosis, or MS, by more than 32-fold, a team of scientists led by Harvard University’s Neuroepidemiology Research Group reported in the journal Science on Thursday.

Christine Little requested supplies while caring for a patient in the COVID-19 ICU at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

New measure of COVID hospitalizations may obscure strain on system, but will help with planning

Beginning next week, the state will break the hospitalization numbers it publishes into two sets: one that records patients being treated primarily for COVID-19, and a second for those who were hospitalized for other reasons but happened to test positive upon admission.

Models show Omicron cases may peak in Mass. within two weeks, while hospitalizations could continue to surge

Massachusetts should gird for about two more weeks of skyrocketing COVID-19 case increases fueled by the Omicron variant before a steep decline toward the end of this month, according to experts and pandemic models.

Watch live: Mayor Wu holds a press conference on Mass. and Cass

Mayor Michelle Wu is holding a press conference on Monday to discuss the situation at Mass. Ave. and Melnea Cass Boulevard.

Maria Garcia, who works in housekeeping at Park Avenue Health Center, laughed after nurse Sarah DiPerri gave her a booster vaccine in November.

Mass. mandates COVID-19 booster shots for nursing home workers and takes action to ease hospital bottlenecks

Workers who care for some of the most frail patients in Massachusetts, including those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, must receive a COVID-19 booster shot by Feb. 28, under an emergency order issued this week by the Baker administration.

Hassan Addulle got his first COVID-19 test from nurse Christian Ernst at the Whittier Street Health Center on Jan. 5, 2022.

From skiing to shopping to testing, here’s what you need to know to stay safe during Omicron

Information is proliferating almost as fast as the virus itself, and it can be hard to keep up. So we asked questions and experts offered advice.