NOTE: Mass DPH releases data once per week. Fully vaccinated means Mass. residents with 2 doses of Moderna/Pfizer or a dose of J&J. Boosters include Pfizer or Moderna. Mass. population of 6,892,503 is used to calculate percentage. SOURCE: Mass. Dept. of Public Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated COVID-19 guidance for schools drops prevention strategies like quarantine recommendations for people exposed to the virus and routine COVID screening tests in K-12 schools.
A study comparing the experience of Massachusetts schools that maintained masking requirements early this year with those that dropped them has provided new evidence that masks are beneficial in protecting students and staff from COVID-19.