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Today is Friday, Oct. 23. Here are some of the top stories we are covering today.

Confirmed COVID-19 infections among Massachusetts residents younger than 20 are higher than they have been through the entire pandemic, prompting one leading expert to say the rising caseload is likely a reflection of increased testing and another to warn it could forecast a wave of transmission in older adults.

While some communities are backing away from in-person learning amid a statewide increase in cases, the infection rate among the state’s youngest age group has grown more rapidly in the past two months than any other cohort. Officials have been consistently pointing to
unsafe behavior among young adults as driving a significant portion of the uptick.

Between Oct. 5 and Oct. 18, the Department of Public Health recorded 1,914 new cases of the highly infectious coronavirus among residents between the ages of 0 and 19, more than in any of the seven other age groups, according to data published Thursday.

That figure is higher than any two-week sum for the state’s youngest residents since March, a News Service analysis found, an unusual record that no other age groups — all of which saw far more substantial spikes in the spring — mirrored.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll acknowledged how strange it was to stand in front of the cameras and microphones and do something that would have been considered incomprehensible less than a year ago.

Tell people to keep themselves — and all their potential business revenue —out of Salem this Halloween season.

It’s a message the city sent this summer when it canceled all official events — such as the Halloween parade and outdoor beer garden — amid the coronavirus health crisis. It’s one that’s been echoed in recent weeks with mounting restrictions on public performances, parking and access to the Essex Street pedestrian mall.

Daughter Takes Laundry Job At Nursing Home To See Mom During Pandemic

Like so many families, the Ryans were devastated in March, when Covid-19 took away visits to their elderly mom’s nursing home. Theresa is 90 and suffers from dementia, so technology like FaceTime is confusing. After months of decline, daughter MJ was desperate.

“Then they said, ‘But we do have one night in the laundry room; 3-11 on Thursdays.’ I said bingo!” the Norton woman recalled.

The longtime health care professional eagerly took the part time gig. By the end of her first shift – she knew this is where she belongs.


Beverly Psychic Sees Signs Of Hope In the City

Summer Evans said that while clients have had trouble balancing their energy during the coronavirus crisis, she senses better times ahead.

Musical Cyclist Rides Around Concord In A Headless Horseman Costume

Dressed as the headless horseman and playing the guitar, all while riding a bike, is Matthew Dunkle of Concord. And it’s not easy.

Rabies Vaccine Crackdown In Arlington After Raccoon Attack

Animal Control said owners of unvaccinated pets will be cited after a child was bitten by “one of the largest raccoons we’ve ever seen.”

Company Owes Over $564K In Overtime Violations: AG

The company was cited for prevailing wage and overtime violations in several projects including in Worcester, Concord and Framingham.

Woman Runs Over Boyfriend In Braintree AMC Parking Lot: Police

The victim suffered life-threatening injuries including a broken pelvis, two broken legs and a punctured lung.

2 In Stoughton Arrested In Connection To Fatal Shooting Of Teen

Two people were charged with accessory after the fact to a murder in connection to the death of Christian Vines.

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