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3 feet, or 6? Study of Massachusetts schools finds reduced spacing between students can be safe in class

Researchers, including physicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, collected information from hundreds of Massachusetts school districts over 16 weeks to examine whether COVID-19 is more likely to be transmitted if students are seated closely together. The team found no substantial difference in the number of cases of COVID-19 among either students or staff in school districts that implemented a distancing policy of three feet versus six feet between students. (WCVB Channel 5, March 10, 2021)

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As Massachusetts prepares for final phase of reopening, businesses warn recovery ‘is not going to be flicking a switch’

As Massachusetts prepares for the final phase of reopening, local employers who would benefit greatly from a post-pandemic economic recovery remain wary. Kevin Tabb, MD, President & CEO of Beth Israel Lahey Health, is cautiously optimistic that 2021 will be better than 2020, and is keenly aware of the impact the pandemic has had on the healthcare workforce and the importance of building resilience and addressing burnout. (Boston Globe, March 6, 2021)

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Mass. residents find other paths to secure COVID-19 vaccine appointments

As Governor Baker redirects vaccine distribution to hospitals, hospital leaders say their new vaccination push includes hot lines, phone calls, emails, and texts to patients with links to sign up for a shot. Peter Shorett of Beth Israel Lahey Health, noted vaccine ramp-up at BILH begins next week and that the system has the ability to be vaccinating 14,000 patients a week for first dose appointments. (Boston Globe, March 5, 2021)

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Transcript: The path forward: Vaccines with Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky

In the Washington Post’s morning series “The Path Forward”, guest Alex Gorsky, the chief executive of Johnson & Johnson, sheds some light on some of the complicated vaccine questions. Gorsky noted he has never seen the level of partnership and collaboration that he observed over the last 13 months and highlighted the work with BIDMC as an example. (Washington Post, March 4, 2021)