41 Additional Monkeypox Cases In MA; Total 243 Since May 18

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Thursday (Aug. 18th) announced 41 additional cases of monkeypox within the past seven days, bringing the total number of monkeypox cases in the Commonwealth to 243 residents since the state’s first case was announced May 18. DPH provides public updates on monkeypox in Massachusetts on a weekly basis each Thursday.

The 41 cases announced Aug. 18 had their diagnoses between Aug. 11 and Aug. 17. DPH is working with local health officials, the patients, and healthcare providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patients while they were infectious. Individuals with monkeypox are advised to isolate and avoid contact with others until they are no longer infectious.

There are currently 14 health care providers offering vaccination across the state. The list of health care provider sites is updated on a rolling basis on the Commonwealth’s monkeypox vaccine website. Additionally, the state has activated mobile providers to assist in vaccine administration. As of August 17, 12,205 doses of JYNNEOS vaccine have been administered in the Commonwealth. JYNNEOS vaccine allocation data by jurisdiction are updated on a weekly basis each Wednesday on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website JYNNEOS Monkeypox Vaccine Distribution by Jurisdiction.

To ensure the maximum number of individuals eligible for monkeypox vaccination receive protection, DPH issued an updated advisory effective Aug. 18 for Massachusetts JYNNEOS vaccine providers to begin administering the vaccine intradermally (into the skin) in most people aged 18 years and older using an alternative lower dose regimen that results in an equivalent immune response. The advisory follows the Aug. 9 Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) released by the CDC and FDA.

Due to extremely limited national availability of vaccine, the JYNNEOS vaccine in Massachusetts still remains limited at this time. Vaccination is available to individuals who meet the CDC’s eligibility criteria and who live or work in Massachusetts. Vaccine is prioritized for individuals at greatest risk of exposure to someone with monkeypox. If an individual believes they qualify for a monkeypox vaccine, they should contact their healthcare provider or one of the state’s designated provider locations.

See more information on monkeypox vaccination in Massachusetts, including eligibility.

Current data from CDC indicate that there have been 13,517 cases of monkeypox virus this year in US residents as of August 17. Regularly updated case counts can be obtained on the CDC’s website: 2022 U.S. Map and Case Count. Patients generally recover fully from monkeypox in 2-4 weeks.

The World Health Organization on July 23 declared the global monkeypox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and on August 4, the Biden administration declared monkeypox a national health emergency. Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men continue to make up a significant proportion of the cases identified to date. However, the risk is not limited to the LGBTQ+ community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.

While the virus does not spread easily between people, individuals can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox sores, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact. In many of the recent cases, the locations of the rash lesions suggest transmission during sexual contact. Examples where monkeypox can spread and where it does not:

  • Monkeypox can spread through:
    • Direct skin-to-skin contact with rash lesions. Sexual/intimate contact, including kissing while a person is infected.
    • Living in a house and sharing a bed with someone. Sharing towels or unwashed clothing.
    • Respiratory secretions through face-to-face interactions (the type that mainly happen when living with someone or caring for someone who has monkeypox)
  • Monkeypox does not spread through:
    • Casual conversations. Walking by someone with monkeypox in a grocery store, for instance. Touching items like doorknobs.

Clinicians are asked to be alert to the possibility of monkeypox virus infection in individuals who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox. Early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start flat, become raised, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox can have many lesions or only a few. Learn more about how to recognize monkeypox. Providers should also test for other more common causes of rash illness as well as sexually transmitted infections (as appropriate); coinfections are not uncommon.

Actions for people to consider if they want to reduce their risk from monkeypox include:

  • Avoiding large gatherings like raves and dance parties where you may have lots of close body contact with others
  • Asking any partner, especially new partners whose health status and recent travel history you are not familiar with, if they have any symptoms of monkeypox
  • Staying informed by reading information available on the DPH and CDC websites

As the CDC advises, if you believe you may have monkeypox, you should contact your health care provider. If you need to leave your home, wear a mask, and cover your rash or lesions when around others. Those who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they need to have any direct contact with lesions and when handling any clothes or bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the person who is infected or with their clothes, bed sheets, towels, and other items or surfaces they may have touched.

Current testing recommendations and submission guidelines are available on the website https://www.mass.gov/doc/clinical-and-laboratory-testing-guidance-for-monkeypox/download.

For more information about this virus, visit www.mass.gov/monkeypox and www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox.

Victim In Fatal Quincy Shooting Identified

By SCOTT JACKSON

Investigators have identified the man who was fatally shot at a Quincy apartment building early Thursday morning.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office and Quincy police identified the victim of the shooting as Jordan Wiggins, age 32. Wiggins was a resident of the apartment building at 5 Crown Dr., where the fatal shooting took place.

“The matter remains under active investigation by Quincy and Massachusetts State Police detectives. No additional release of information is anticipated this evening,” officials said in a statement just after 4 p.m. on Thursday.

“The Quincy Police and Norfolk District Attorney’s office extend our condolences to Mr. Wiggins’ family and loved ones.”

The Quincy Police Department was called to the area of 5 Crown Dr. around 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, officials said in an earlier statement. The building is within the Elevation apartment complex at Crown Colony.

The officers who responded to the scene encountered the victim, Wiggins, with obvious gunshot wounds in the area of the stairwell leading from the apartment building’s parking area to the residences, the statement said. He was taken to an area hospital for emergency treatment but did not survive.

Quincy and State Police worked through the night probing the shooting and conducting interviews. State Police Crime Scene Services Section responded to process the scene for any potential forensic evidence. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner may conduct an autopsy of the victim as soon as Thursday.

Investigators said they do not believe there is any ongoing threat to neighbors in the area.

Jung J. Cho, 79

Jung J. (Lee) Cho, age 79, of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Jung J. Cho

Jung was born in Seoul, South Korea, to the late Jae Hyun Lee and Oak Soon Hahm. Raised and educated there, she immigrated to the United States with her young sons in 1979 at the age of thirty-six. She lived in Dorchester for twenty years before moving to Quincy twenty-three years ago.

She worked with the Colonial Meat Packing Company in Boston for several years and then was employed as a machine operator for the Gillette World Shaving Headquarters in South Boston for twelve years.

Jung was a hard-working woman, devoted to her two sons and their families. In South Korea, she was a talented seamstress and loved making clothes for her family.

Beloved mother of Tae H. “Teddy” Cho and his wife Yumi Park of Attleboro, Jae H. Cho and his wife Andrea (Sansone) Cho of Stoneham.

Cherished grandmother of Sarah Cho of Stoneham.

Dear sister of In Sang Cha of Brookline, Richard Lee, Sr. and his wife Susie of Tewksbury.

Jung is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, funeral services were private.

For those who wish, donations in Jung’s memory may be made to the Quincy Police Department, D.A.R.E. Program, 1 Sea St., Quincy, MA 02169 or Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Philanthropy, 330 Brookline Ave (OV), Boston, MA 02215.

You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Mary E. ‘Babe’ Flaherty

Mary Eleanor “Babe” (Borden) Flaherty, a long-time Quincy resident, died peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. She was 82.

Mary E. ‘Babe’ Flaherty

Born in Malden on February 8, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth C. and Mary C. (French) Borden. Babe was raised in Charlestown, attended local schools, and graduated from high school in Boston’s North End. She continued her education at Quincy College, where she earned her associates degree. Babe worked as an administrative clerk for Stop and Shop Supermarket. She enjoyed her work and the relationships she built throughout the years.

Babe was the devoted mother of Linda Flaherty of Stoughton, Nancy Robinson and her husband Michael of Colorado, Karen Flaherty of Plymouth, and the late Stephen Flaherty, who died in 1973. She was the loving grandmother of Brian Fidler of Boston, Lauren Fidler of Stoughton, Meghan, Evan, and Katherine Robinson, all of Colorado, and Jayden and Joelle Browne, both of Plymouth. Babe was the loving great grandmother of Julianna Fidler of Brockton. She was the dear sister of Barbara Guarente and her husband Louis of Quincy, Robert Borden and his wife Patricia of Alabama, James Borden of Quincy, Lester Borden and his wife Lorrie of Charlestown, Helen Logan and her husband Michael of Quincy. Babe was the dear sister-in-law of Mary Ann Chase-Borden of Charlestown. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Kenneth “Pat” Borden, Ruth Borden, Dennis “Denny” Borden, and Lawrence “Butchie” Borden. Babe is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday, August 21, 2022, 2-6 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 AM on Monday, August 22, 2022, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM.

Services will conclude with interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Babe’s name to Huntington’s Disease Society of America by visiting: www.hdsa.org.

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Pops Concert Sept. 3 At Hancock-Adams Common

Mayor Thomas P. Koch and the City of Quincy invite the community to enjoy an evening of music and song on Saturday, Sept. 3 for a combined Pops Concert by The Quincy Choral Society and Quincy Symphony Orchestra. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. at Hancock-Adams Common, Quincy Center.

“We are so fortunate to have such a tremendous caliber of talented singers and musicians in our community,” said Mayor Thomas Koch. “We welcome everyone to appreciate the artistry of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra & Quincy Choral Society on what we hope to be a beautiful early September evening on the Hancock Adams Common.”

Cabaret tables and chairs along with theatre seating will be available. Lawn chairs are allowed. Beer and wine can be purchased from Hive Mobile Bar.

Patricia Flaherty, 84

Patricia Flaherty of Randolph, formerly of Quincy, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.  She was 84.

Patricia Flaherty

She was born in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland to Kathleen (Boylan) and Patrick J. Flaherty and raised in Ireland.  In her early twenties she moved to Dorchester, MA.  She worked as an Office Administrator with Liberty Mutual Insurance and was able to retire after a long-distinguished career.

Patricia had a quiet disposition but that didn’t stop her from joking and being around the people she loved.  In her spare time, she enjoyed being around her family.  She also liked to travel back to Ireland at least once a year to keep in touch with family.

Devoted sister of Marion Flaherty of Quincy, Mae O’Leary of Somerville, Doreen Chase of Quincy, Noel Flaherty of Quincy, Breege Flaherty of Ireland, Rosaleen Flaherty of Ireland, Annie O’Leary of Quincy, and Margaret Whelan of Ireland.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her siblings: Elizabeth “Lily” Flaherty, Robert Flaherty and Patrick Flaherty.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 4-7 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Quincy at 10 a.m. Burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Boston. Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Richard P. Lints, 91

Richard P. Lints, age 91, of Las Vegas, died peacefully, Saturday, July 16th, 2022. He was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts until joining the Navy at age 18. He was a lifelong Navy Veteran, who proudly served his Country for 30 years.

He is the last of 7 siblings. The late Eleanor Donnelly, Marion MacPherson, Dorothy McDermott, and the late Russel Lints, Paul Lints, and Robert Lints.

Richard is Survived by his many cherished nieces, nephews, and extended family.

For those who wish, donations in Richard Lints Memory may be made to Quincy Veterans Services, 24 High School Ave, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169.

Marilyn T. Sandonato, 72

Marilyn T. (Bolea) Sandonato, age 72, of Scituate, formerly of Quincy, died unexpectedly, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Marilyn T. Sandonato

Marilyn was born in Boston, at New England Hospital for Women & Children, to the late Peter and Mary (Navarroli) Bolea. Raised in Quincy, she was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1968, and the former Boston State College in 1972. She lived in Scituate for forty-five years, previously in Quincy.

She was employed as an educator, and was a Spanish teacher at the former St. Clare’s High School in Roslindale for sixteen years.

Marilyn enjoyed cooking, and was an excellent cook. She was an avid Boston Celtics fan. She loved the Beatles and knew all of the lyrics. Marilyn also loved yardwork, plants, and gardening, especially growing tomatoes and herbs for cooking.

She was devoted to her family and especially to her loving husband, Anthony P. Sandonato, to whom she was married for forty-five years.

Devoted mother of Lauren Sandonato Ardente and her husband David Ardente of New York City, N.Y.

Dear sister of Denise Arata and her husband Frederick of Holbrook. Beloved in-laws Debra and Robert Hayden of Weymouth.

Marilyn was the cherished aunt of Elizabeth Hayden, Courtney Hayden, Nicole Allen, and Michelle Hoarty.

She is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave, Quincy, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 2 Summer St., Cohasset, on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. Interment to follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Scituate.

For those who wish, donations in Marilyn’s memory may be made to Saint Anthony’s Shrine, 100 Arch St., Boston, MA 02110-1100 or https://stanthonyshrine.org/.

You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Harold J. McFadd

After a beautiful life of 98 ½ years, Harold J. “Harry” McFadd peacefully passed away in his home at Allerton House in Weymouth, MA on Aug. 6, 2022. Born in Boston on Feb. 10, 1924, and the youngest of seven children born to Joseph McFadd, originally of Carlisle, England and Fabiola (Corbeil) McFadd, originally of Montreal, Quebec, Harry was raised in the city’s neighborhoods of South Boston and Dorchester. Harry was a 1941 graduate of Commerce High School in Boston. A World War II veteran, Harry served in the US Army Air Forces in the Pacific Theater. After the war, Harry worked at Gillette Company in Boston, before transitioning to New England Telephone, where he had a long career.

Harold J. McFadd

Harry’s story cannot be told without including M. Elizabeth “Betty” (Powers) McFadd, the love of his life. Harry and Betty met when they were teenagers and married in 1946. Together, they had 7 children and raised their family in Weymouth. They were close to their siblings and families, and had a circle of lifelong friends. There was nothing Harry and Betty loved more than being surrounded by family during holidays and other gatherings. Harry and Betty loved music and were wonderful dancers. They belonged to square and round dancing clubs for many years. Harry was a self-taught musician, played the guitar and banjo, and enjoyed years of playing music with friends, and sing-alongs. In retirement, Harry and Betty moved to Leisurewoods in Rockland, MA, and were avid travelers.

Harry was predeceased by his wife, Betty, and, recently, his daughter, Pauline (McFadd) Sweeney of Quincy and Hull, MA. He is survived by James McFadd & his partner Candace of Zephyrhills, Florida; Richard McFadd & his wife Sherry of Marshfield, MA; son-in-law Dennis S. Sweeney of Quincy and Hull, MA; Thomas McFadd & his wife Anne of Los Angeles, CA; David McFadd & his wife Lisa of Waltham, MA; Joseph McFadd & his wife Rawley of Lancaster, MA; Betty Ann (McFadd) Gwatkin & her husband David of Lyndonville, VT. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Allerton House assisted living in Weymouth for their kind and loving support. We would also like to thank Norwell VNA and Hospice staff and volunteers who reached out and helped Harry tremendously.

A Celebration of Life will be held in September.