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In Peabody, “room for optimism” after a dark year

Registered nurse Michele Hnath of Peabody, who works in the ICU at NSMC Salem Hospital, looks on as Clinical Nurse Educator Tiffany Diaz Bercy, MSN, RN, of Lynn administers the first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the hospital on Wednesday. (Spenser Hasak)
PEABODY — As 2020 draws to a close, about 90 percent of the 221 deaths in the city as of Dec. 28 were persons aged 70 and up with approximately 73 percent  in the 80 and up group. Sadly, while the average age of persons contracting the virus has ranged between about 37 to 43…

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