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As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, people have a lot of questions about who is eligible, and when and how to sign up.

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Cape and Islands environmentalists and climate activists are decrying Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to veto a wide-ranging climate change bill. 

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is urging businesses hurt by COVID-19 to apply for a sector-specific grant by 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Eligible sectors include restaurants, entertainment venues, gyms, salons, and independent retailers.

Partners in Health

Single-day COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts hit an all-time high earlier this month of nearly 9,000. The growing numbers make contact tracing a gargantuan task, and at times, the effort has fallen behind.

Beverly Costa-Ciavola, who lives in Falmouth, tested positive for COVID-19 the day after Christmas, but never heard from anyone.

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First responders from around the region began getting their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

CAI visited a clinic hosted by the town of Sandwich that vaccinated 92 public safety personnel from Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich, plus members of the fire department from Joint Base Cape Cod.

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Time is ticking toward a deadline for Governor Charlie Baker to sign a broad ranging climate bill that's now sitting on his desk. CAI's Kathryn Eident speaks with CAI's climate change environment reporter, Eve Zuckoff about what's in the bill and how it could affect all of us here in Massachusetts.

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Public safety personnel around the region are scheduled to start receiving COVID-19 vaccines today.

The town of Sandwich is hosting a vaccination clinic for police, firefighters, and emergency medical workers from Sandwich, Bourne, Falmouth, and Mashpee, and for the fire department at Joint Base Cape Cod.

Liz Lerner

Cape Cod Healthcare says it cannot open a COVID-19 step-down unit because staff and money are stretched too thin.

The health system received a necessary state license extension on Wednesday, but the state is not providing the same funding package as in the spring.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

 

It’s that time of year again — when Herman Melville left from New Bedford on a whaling trip that would inform his iconic novel, “Moby-Dick.”

And with the anniversary comes the Moby-Dick Marathon, a round-the-clock reading of the entire book, hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

EPA

 

In a milestone for the PCB cleanup in New Bedford Harbor, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency transferred the project’s dewatering facility to the city of New Bedford on Thursday.

The EPA used the facility to remove water from contaminated sediment. The sediment was trucked off site, and the water treated and released.

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COVID-19 cases are trending upward in many communities on the Cape, Coast, and Islands as the second surge in infections continues.

The rate of new cases — the number of cases per 100,000 people — has stabilized on Cape Cod but continues to rise in Dukes and Nantucket Counties, according to Vaira Harik.

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New Bedford has just joined a small number of Massachusetts municipalities to develop its own city-wide climate action plan. 

Liz Lerner

Local businesses that have applied for sector-specific COVID-19 relief grants should check on their applications right away, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce said Thursday.

Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Chamber, said 2,600 businesses have been asked, by email, to provide more details to stay in the running for a grant from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.

“You have seven days to respond to it, so this is a very quickly moving program,” she said.

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Congressman Bill Keating (D-Mass.) was walking from his office to the House Chamber when he learned he needed to shelter in place during the riot of pro-Trump extremists at the nation's Capitol Wednesday. 

Keating says he was resolved to reconvene with fellow House members to finish certifying the electoral vote for Joe Biden as President no matter what happened. 

Liz Lerner

Cape and Islands legislators have received no reply to a request more than three weeks ago for permission to reopen a COVID-19 step-down unit in Falmouth, according to Sen. Julian Cyr's office.

Eve Zuckoff

Governor Charlie Baker has ten days to approve a landmark climate change bill. 

 

Today, just before the end of the legislative session, the Legislature passed the bill which lays out how the state can reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

Google street view of 4586 Acushnet Ave in New Bedford.

With COVID-19 cases soaring and local hospitals nearing capacity, the city of New Bedford plans to open a dedicated COVID-19 recovery facility Jan. 18.

Eve Zuckoff

 

The Cape Cod Commission is recruiting for a network of teenage activists who want to be involved in climate solutions. 

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Mayflower Wind has agreed to host an experimental floating platform for offshore wind as part of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The platform will go in Mayflower’s lease area, about 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

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Local oyster growers are getting a boost after months of restaurant closures have “torpedoed” the industry, according to one grower. 

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The $900 billion coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress on Monday includes checks to individuals and families, new grants and loans for small businesses and nonprofits, and even mentions the proposed project to build two new bridges on the Cape Cod Canal. CAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Congressman Bill Keating (D-Mass.) of  Bourne about what people along the Cape, the Coast and the Islands can expect from this package.  

Eve Zuckoff

The number of cold-stunned turtles rescued this year from Cape Cod beaches has already reached an all-time high. 

 

More than 720 critically endangered Kemp’s ridley and threatened loggerhead turtles have received care at the New England Aquarium’s Animal Care Center in Quincy and the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay since early last month. 

Another North Atlantic right whale calf has been spotted off the coast of South Carolina — the fourth one born this season, according to scientists from the New England Aquarium. 

 

Sadly, the first calf of the season was found dead shortly after birth, a tragedy for the critically endangered species with population numbers hovering below 360.

Liz Lerner

Coronavirus, as we know, can be a serious, and sometimes fatal illness. There are a growing number of people who have survived COVID-19, but still feel lingering symptoms, like Falmouth resident Genie Stevens. She fell ill in March and landed in the emergency room. Nearly 10 months later, she says she's still not back to 100%.

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Massachusetts Army National Guard officials insisted that they carefully studied the potential impacts of a proposed machine gun range on Joint Base Cape Cod, and assured members of the Bourne Board of Selectmen this week that they fully considered environmental impacts.

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