Editor’s Note: In addition to an update to the Town’s case count, Town Manager Stanton shared information about votes taken in today’s Selectmen’s meeting.
The daily update is also available in the following places if you’d like to share with your friends:
As of today, April 29, 2020, there have been a total of one hundred and twenty-three (123) positive cases of COVID-19 in Bedford and seven (7) 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 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 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
Today, the Select Board voted to close Springs Brook Park for summer 2020. Although this decision is disappointing for many, closing the park for the season ensures safe practices, and social distancing, to accommodate the impacts of COVID-19. Additionally, the Select Board voted to postpone the 4th of July fireworks celebrations, previously scheduled for July 2nd. At this time, there is consideration to hold the fireworks in September to celebrate Bedford Day. If public health parameters allow, 4th of July fireworks could still take place in July.
Lastly, Annual Town Meeting has been postponed an additional 30 days, to be reconsidered in advance of June 3, 2020.
Stay healthy!…(and wash your hands as often as possible.)