Editor’s Note: The current case count along with additional information about continuing to Slow the Spread, a public resources map, and Bedford’s ongoing Food Bank.
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As of today, June 18, 2020, there have been a total of two hundred forty-eight (248) positive cases of COVID-19 reported to the Town of Bedford Board of Health by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH), of those, one hundred thirty-nine (139) are Bedford residents not living in a healthcare/long term care setting. Forty (40) deaths of Bedford residents have been attributed to COVID-19. The total case number includes residents of the Town of Bedford, including but not limited to those in: single-family homes, apartments, the VA campus, Hanscom Air Force Base, special needs group homes and any and all other larger assisted living/care facilities in Bedford as reported to us by the MA DPH.
Eighty-four (84) of the total Bedford cases have already recovered and have come off of isolation and there may other Bedford residents who would be considered persons under investigation in that they are symptomatic, have undergone testing but have not yet received results. 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
Enjoy the Nice Weather and Reopening of the Economy – but please continue to Slow the Spread!
With the nice weather upon us and businesses and facilities opening their doors as part of the Phase II Reopening of the Massachusetts economy, residents may have a strong desire to go out and about and enjoy it all. While Bedford parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields are open to adults and youth, group sizes should consist of no more than 12 people total and contact sports (e.g., basketball, football, baseball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, hockey and other sports where ordinary play puts players in direct contact or close proximity) must limit activities exclusively to no-contact drills and practices. In an effort to support our local economy, we’ve prepared the following outreach flyer to encourage residents who choose to go out and support local businesses during this period to help Bedford Reopen Smoothly – https://www.bedfordma.gov/economic-development/news/help-our-small-businesses-reopen-smoothly
The Bedford Board of Health and the COVID-19 Task Force, who have been working diligently to keep you informed and protected during this epidemic, caution residents to strictly adhere to limitations and restrictions in place as part of the reopening protocols. Please use social distancing. Please wear a face covering when leaving your home. Please wash your hands often for 20 seconds. Please do not touch your face. Please do not gather in large groups. Know the symptoms of
COVID-19 and get tested if you’ve had an exposure. Stay safe and, with these actions, continue to slow the spread.
COVID-19 Public Resources Map
MEMA, together with MA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other partners, has developed a COVID-19 Public Resources Map showing the location of resources available to the public, such as food banks, houses of worship, and Project Bread site locations and includes Bedford Food Bank site at the John Glenn Middle School. Please note that this map is not inclusive of all resources and is only as accurate as the information that has been provided to MEMA. To view the map, navigate to https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5867d881a9324121839605c56a3d7cc9
Food Bank Continues to Operate
The Town of Bedford continues to operate its drive-through Food Bank every Friday from 1-3 pm at the John Glenn Middle School and, at this time, expects to continue offering food distribution through the end of July. Household bags are available for vulnerable seniors and veterans, clients of the Bedford Food Pantry, and any Bedford resident experiencing food insecurity and will contain goods to supplement meal preparation during the week. For families seeking support for school-aged children bags include five days’ worth of children’s breakfast and lunch items and a few additional food options to support the entire family.
The Food Bank operates primarily on a drive-thru basis, with limited exceptions for residents who are on foot. Those utilizing the food bank cannot park their car, and walk up to the site. Residents should enter John Glenn Middle School by Railroad Avenue. McMahon Road is be used for exit only. There is a separate food bank delivery system for homebound seniors, and disabled, residents. If you are homebound resident, and in need of food assistance, please e-mail email@example.com
Thank you to the Bedford Food Pantry, Gaining Grounds in Concord, the Greater Boston Food Bank and donors to the Bedford Emergency Relief Fund for helping to support this well-needed effort which serves upwards of 150 families each week during this crisis
Stay healthy, and wash your hands as often as possible!