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A look at how omicron is impacting vulnerable residents in our community

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Hebrew SeniorLife in Jamaica Plain. The organization's president and CEO said he's in favor of a statewide mandate on boosters across health care sectors, particularly as cases increase. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Hebrew SeniorLife in Jamaica Plain. The organization's president and CEO said he's in favor of a statewide mandate on boosters across health care sectors, particularly as cases increase. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

As omicron cases continue unabated in Massachusetts, with well over 25,000 new cases reported last Friday, we've paid all kinds of attention to kids, schools, teachers, healthcare workers. But, what about older adults, prisoners, those with intellectual developmental disabilities, and others who live group homes and settings where they can't or don't get out, and don't have control over who comes in?

First, we check in with WBUR reporter Deborah Becker, who has been tracking infections for these particularly vulnerable populations. Then, we hear from Lou Woolf, president and CEO of Hebrew SeniorLife, about what this surge looks like inside his organization, and Elizabeth Matos is Executive Director of Prisoners' Legal Services, about what this surge looks like behind the wall. Finally, we heard from Anthony Benedetti, chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), about the pause in jury trials and how that impacts defendants and victims.

This segment aired on January 10, 2022.

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