Rep. Ayanna Pressley tests positive for COVID-19. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley announced Friday that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating. The Massachusetts Democrat shared a news release detailing her breakthrough case, stating she has been experiencing mild symptoms.
“After experiencing COVID-like symptoms, this morning I received a positive, breakthrough COVID-19 test result,” Pressley wrote. “Thankfully, my symptoms are relatively mild, and I am grateful to be fully vaccinated and boosted. I am currently isolating and following all health protocols in order to mitigate further spread and keep my loved ones and community safe.”
Pressley thanked frontline healthcare workers who worked to develop the COVID vaccines and encouraged people to get vaccinated, boosted and continue to wear masks.
“Vaccines save lives,” she wrote. “With this unprecedented pandemic continuing to rage, I am deeply grateful for the scientists, researchers, and frontline healthcare workers who have worked tirelessly to develop vaccines that are safe and effective, and ensure that our communities are protected.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren also tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 19 and stated she was experiencing mild symptoms.
“I regularly test for COVID and while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case,” Warren, 72, tweeted. “Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms and am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted.”
A Framingham man has been arrested and charged in connection with the stabbing of a pregnant woman, police said.
Harry David Martinez, 40, of Framingham, faces charges of attempted murder, assault and battery on a pregnant person and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Hopkinton Police Department.
On Friday, police received two calls reporting a stabbing inside a business located at 28 Main St. in Hopkinton.
Responding officers found a pregnant woman inside suffering from multiple stab wounds and first responders provided aid to her. The woman was then transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, police said.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Martinez and the woman both work at the 28 Main St. business, police said.
Martinez surrendered to Hopkinton police without incident and was transported to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham for injuries he sustained during the attack, police said.
Martinez is expected to be arraigned Monday, Jan. 3, in Framingham District Court.
This year’s Moby-Dick Marathon, the annual cover-to-cover reading of Herman Melville’s iconic man-versus whale novel hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, kicks off on Jan. 7.
This year’s celebrity reader, who traditionally gets things started with the words “Call me Ishmael,” is actor Sam Waterston, who was nominated for a best male actor Oscar for the 1984 movie “The Killing Fields” and is known for his work on the “Law and Order” television series.
The nonstop reading, again a virtual event this year, takes about 25 hours to complete.
Although this is his first time at the museum, Waterston is a Melville aficionado who once read the part of Ishmael in a 2001 celebration of the 150th anniversary of “Moby-Dick” at Tanglewood.
The marathon, which has been held since 1997, ends Sunday Jan. 9.
“Over the years, the Whaling Museum has hosted an outstanding array of celebrities, academics, and public officials for the Moby-Dick Marathon,” said Amanda McMullen, President and CEO of the museum, “We are thrilled to have the participation of all our readers — 200 strong — and know that their passion for Melville and heartfelt commitment to New Bedford will help make the 2022 marathon the most exciting and engaging yet.”
It’s that time again. Grab those tickets and check to see if you’re the big winner! The Mega Millions lottery jackpot reset after someone won $108 million in the Oct. 22 drawing.
Here are the winning numbers in Friday’s drawing:
2-5-30-46-61; Mega Ball: 8; Megaplier: 3X
The estimated jackpot for the drawing is $221 million. The cash option is about $159.6 million. If no one wins, the jackpot climbs higher for the next drawing.
According to the game’s official website, the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.
Players pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers — five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 — or select Easy Pick. A player wins the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.
Jackpot winners may choose whether to receive 30 annual payments, each five percent higher than the last, or a lump-sum payment.
Mega Millions drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays and are offered in 45 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.
The holiday COVID surge continued Friday as new cases continued to break a new record almost every day this week.
Massachusetts reported 21,397 more COVID cases on Friday, the second day in a row to see daily cases above 20,000.
The state also reported 48 more confirmed COVID deaths bringing the total Massachusetts death toll from the virus to 19,821.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations, which still remain below last year’s levels, jumped up by more than 100 patients for the second day in a row.
Overall testing numbers have increased as well, but the 7-day percent positivity, which gauges the percentage of tests that come back positive, grew to 18.42% on Friday, a level the state hasn’t seen since toward the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported Friday that COVID hospitalizations grew to 1,954. That’s still 317 patients fewer than on the same day last year, but that gap has been slowly narrowing. COVID hospitalizations can include those who are hospitalized for other conditions but tested positive for the virus. Of that total, however, 387 are in intensive care and 243 are intubated.