Editor’s Note: In today’s Active Cases report the case count has increased and there has been one death of a Bedford resident who was living at an out-of-town longterm care facility and passed away in the hospital. And Town Manager Sarah Stanton thanks her colleagues in the Town for their tireless efforts to ensure that Bedford residents (and businesses) are well informed and safe.
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It is with a heavy heart that we have learned of the first COVID-19 related death of a Bedford resident. This person was recently residing in an out-of-town long term care facility and passed away at the hospital. Out of privacy to the family and in compliance with HIPAA, we are not releasing this resident’s name. Our hearts go out to the family as we understand that losing a loved one is never easy and making arrangements and seeking comfort during these difficult times where social distancing is a must, just add to the heartbreak. Be kind and supportive to one another, and especially the families of those who have lost a loved one or are struggling with sickness.
As of today, April 10, 2020, there have been a total of forty-three (43) positive cases of COVID-19 in Bedford reported to the Town of Bedford Board of Health by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). This total case number incudes residents of the Town of Bedford, Hanscom Air Force Base, and the Bedford Veteran’s Administration (VA) Campus as reported to us by the MA DPH.
A thank you to the COVID-19 Task Force: Today’s update includes important information regarding mental health services, expansion of counseling opportunities, updates from our school district, and ways for our residents to stay healthy during this unprecedented time. This work, and the work over the past month, has been made possible, 7 days a week, by the hardworking Bedford COVID-19 team.
Heidi Porter, Dave Grunes, Bob Bongiorno, Taissir Alani, and Jon Sills (with the help and support of their extremely competent staff) have been working tirelessly to ensure that Bedford residents (and businesses) are well informed and safe. Their work speaks to the passion, and deep commitment that each of them has for Bedford.
Managing a Town through a public health pandemic is new to all of us in municipal government, but thankfully our COVID team launched into action immediately. The safe medical transport of those needing care, the launch of remote learning, expanded mental health and social work services, public health procedures for businesses and residents, economic development strategies for resources/recovery, and establishing a weekly Food Bank to serve vulnerable Bedford residents most in need, are all thanks to the efforts, support, and leadership of Heidi, Dave, Bob, Taissir, and Jon. Behind the COVID-19 team, is an equally strong team of assistant department heads, social workers, public health nurses, paramedic/firefighters, police officers, custodians, teachers, administrators, and countless other Town/School staff members who have stepped up to help Bedford get through this crisis.
It’s hard to find the words to describe how impressive it has been to have the privilege to work side by side with this team. So to put it simply, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Stay healthy!…(and wash your hands as often as possible.)