Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Editor’s Note: Tonight’s Active Cases reports notes the second death of a Bedford resident from coronavirus and an increased count, along with the importance of following Board of Health recommendations in light of the expected surge in cases over the next couple of weeks.

Click this link to read the Town’s full update for Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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ACTIVE CASES

We are sorry to report that today, the second death of a Bedford resident was reported to the Town of Bedford Board of Health (BOH) by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). Our thoughts go out to those families with loved ones stricken by or suffering from this illness.

As of today, April 14, 2020, there have been a total of sixty-two (62) positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Bedford among our residents. The total case number includes 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.  Ten (10) of the total Bedford cases have already recovered and have come off of isolation and there are currently no known Persons Under Investigation. There are other individuals impacted by COVID-19 in the community that 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.

IMPORTANT UPDATES

All reports indicate these next couple of weeks will represent a surge in the COVID-19 outbreak and we are expected to see our Bedford case numbers increase. As such, it is imperative to strictly adhere to all the proper personal hygiene and protective practices that have been presented since the start of this outbreak: abide by social distancing, stay home except for necessary, essential and allowable errands, don’t touch your face, engage in frequent handwashing, use sanitizer, regularly sanitize common-touch surfaces and wear a face covering when you must go out in public.

As mentioned above, the BOH continues to urge residents to strictly adhere to stay at home advisories and employ the use of social distancing protocols when conducting essential errands and visiting essential businesses.

The BOH brings to the community’s attention the Governor’s advisory for use of face coverings.  People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19.

  • A face covering may help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people.
  • A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas.
  • Do not use health care worker masks, such as the N95 masks – those should be preserved for healthcare workers.

It is important that you wear these face coverings or masks in situations where it is difficult to maintain a social distance of six feet from others. For example, in a pharmacy or grocery store.

Stay healthy!…(and wash your hands as often as possible.)

 


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