Editor’s Note: Today’s update includes Bedford’s active cases, an update to the Food Bank’s hours, a note of thanks to the Bedford Food Pantry and the Greater Boston Food Bank for their support and donations, and a reminder to take joy when it comes along!
Below please find a summary of the Thursday, March 24, 2020 Town of Bedford: Update on COVID-19.
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As of today, March 25, 2020, there have been a total of five (5) presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to the Town of Bedford Board of Health by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). Three (3) of these cases have already recovered and have come off of isolation and quarantine, and there are two (2) People Under Investigation. There are anticipated to be more individuals impacted by COVID-19 in the community who have not sought medical attention, and/or have not been tested and are isolating at home regardless. Those individuals do not appear on the surveillance reports the Town receives from the MA DPH.
The Board of Health continues to do the appropriate follow-up and outreach to those residents and close contacts known to us. Many of the identified close contacts of the original three (3) cases never exhibited symptoms, have completed their required quarantine period, and have been released from quarantine by the Board of Health. The Town has also been informed of one (1) presumptive positive case at Hanscom Air Force Base. This individual has been in quarantine since returning from overseas and has no close contacts that the Town of Bedford is required to follow up on.
Anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms should immediately self-quarantine, isolate from household members and contact their healthcare provider for further guidance on whether testing is warranted.
Changes to the Food Bank Hours – This week, the Food Bank will be held Friday, March 27, 2020, from 12-4 PM at John Glenn Middle School. Last week, students and families had a designated time separate from vulnerable seniors/veterans, and existing clients of the Bedford Food Pantry. This week, the aforementioned groups are welcome to come anytime between 12-4 PM.
An enormous thank you to the Bedford Food Pantry and the Greater Boston Food Bank! The town has received generous food donations from the Bedford Food Pantry to supplement the provided food offerings each week. Additionally, we are currently working to expand the Council on Aging’s existing relationship with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), and receive food provisions from GBFB in future weeks. While many residents and community groups have offered food donations to the Bedford Food Bank, our limited staffing and surface disinfecting considerations restrict our ability to accept food donations at this time.
Should you wish to contribute to this community effort, please consider making a financial contribution to the Town of Bedford Emergency Relief Fund.
On a personal note, I hope everyone is holding up ok during these strange times. As a member of Finance Committee said on an earlier e-mail to me…who ever knew we’d be missing a nice 4-hour long meeting talking budgets? (Someone remind me that I just said that out loud when we’re in the middle of Town Meeting prep J) I hope everyone is taking care of themselves, going out for walks, taking deep breaths, and checking in on neighbors and friends. I have a daily FaceTime call with my three-year-old niece, and the joy it brings me lasts for hours and hours afterward.
Stay healthy!…(and wash your hands as often as possible.)