Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Editor’s Note: In addition to an updated case count (115 Covid-positive cases, 6 deaths, no persons of interest, and 24 cases that have recovered) Town Manager Stanton’s report today notes Governor Baker’s extension of the stay-at-home advisory until Monday, May 18 and his parameters for a ‘phased re-opening.’

Click this link to read the Town’s full update for Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The daily update is also available in the following places if you’d like to share with your friends:

CURRENT CASES

As of today, April 28, 2020, there have been a total of one hundred and fifteen (115) positive cases of COVID-19 in Bedford and six (6) deaths reported to the Town of Bedford Board of Health by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). 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.

Twenty-four (24) of the total Bedford cases have already recovered and have come off of isolation and there are currently zero (0) 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.

The Board of Health continues to do the appropriate follow-up and outreach to those residents and close contacts known to us and the VA is conducting follow-up and contact tracing of the Veterans under their care. Many of the identified close contacts of some of the Bedford cases never exhibited symptoms, have completed their required quarantine period, and have been released from quarantine by the Board of Health.

Please note, in part to alleviate the community concern, the VA does do a daily report of their numbers, which includes inpatients, outpatients, and staff, many of whom do not call Bedford home. The information can be found here: https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary

IMPORTANT UPDATES

Today, Governor Baker announced two more weeks of the stay-at-home advisory through May 18, 2020, with a phased plan for reopening. Per my weekly conversations with the Baker Administration, the phased plan of reopening will continue to limit large group gatherings and have very specific parameters around what industries, public buildings, etc. re-open, and when. Ideas from staggered work schedules, capacity limits for buildings, construction protocols, emphasis on work from home policies, and procedures for residents who are over 60 and/or immunocompromised, are all being workshopped by the appointed statewide task force. Of course, this State guidance will help guide direct the protocols, and next steps, of this new world in Bedford. Life is certainly not returning to “normal” anytime soon, but the daily updates will continue to keep everyone in the loop.

During this time, Social Work services remain available to all Bedford residents. Please see the update for the myriad services available to Bedford residents.

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

 


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