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What we know about XBB, the new dominant COVID variant in New England

A new coronavirus variant dubbed XBB has swiftly become the dominant form of COVID-19 spreading in the Northeast, jumping from about 35 percent of cases during the week ending Dec. 17 to just over half last week, according to CDC data.

Coronavirus waste water numbers continue to creep up ahead of holidays

Levels of coronavirus in Boston-area waste water have crept up ahead of the Christmas holiday, a reminder that three years into the pandemic, COVID-19 continues circulating in Massachusetts.

Free, mail-order COVID tests are back. Here’s how to get them and when to use them.

With waste water numbers climbing again, experts urge families to test before gathering for the holidays.

Paxlovid lowered COVID hospitalizations, deaths in vaccinated adults over 50, Mass General Brigham study says

Paxlovid, the drug used to treat COVID-19 infections, reduced hospitalizations and death in a highly vaccinated population of adults over the age of 50 by 44 percent, according to a new study from Mass General Brigham researchers.

House passes defense bill scrapping COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the military

The House passed the bill by a vote of 350-80. It now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass easily, then to the president to be signed into law.

FDA gives nod to updated coronavirus shots for young children

The authorization means that the youngest Americans will have access to variant-targeting boosters already available to older children and adults.

Boston to set up 11 waste water testing sites to increase COVID-19 detection

With COVID-19 levels in waste water rising in the region, officials in Boston have partnered with vendors to set up 11 waste water testing sites across the city, the leader of the Boston Public Health Commission said Monday.

The level of coronavirus detected in Mass. waste water just shot up

Officials say waste water data from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority can be an early warning signal.