Editor’s Note: In addition to today’s case count, Town Manager Sarah Stanton reminds us that helicopter mosquito spraying is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6 along with additional important news
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As of today, May 5, 2020, there have been a total of one hundred and forty-two (142) positive cases of COVID-19 in Bedford and twenty (20) 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-nine (29) 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, and staff, many of whom do not call Bedford home.
The information can be found here: https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/Healthcare/COVID19NationalSummary
Helicopter Spraying for Mosquitoes – Tomorrow, May 6, 2020
Tomorrow, while you are out of doors for some socially distanced fresh air, you may see a helicopter flying low overhead. This is the annual work of the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project conducting an application of the biological larvicide, Bti, to control mosquito larvae over large wetlands located in Bedford near Davis Rd. and South Rd at Town Forest. The Bti will be applied in a granular formulation by a helicopter flying low directly over the wetlands. Residents do not need to take any special precautions for this application. For more information please view the spraying announcement on the Board of Health website at www.bedford.ma/health or contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.
Stay healthy!…(and wash your hands as often as possible.)