In addition to today’s case count, this update from Town Manager Sarah Stanton and the Covid-19 Task Force includes the Influenza Vaccine Requirement and news that free Covid tests will be available until September 12
The semi-weekly update is also available in the following places if you’d like to share with your friends:
The MA DPH is now reporting COVID-19 data on a community level and releasing the data weekly on Wednesdays. Based on this data, each city or town will be designated a color – white, green, yellow or red. White and green are lower risk communities, yellow represents a moderate risk community and red represents a higher risk community. Based on data reported by the state through last Wednesday, August 19, 2020, Bedford is a white, lower risk community. In the coming weeks, this data continue will be updated by the state on a weekly basis. For the current color-coded risk map, please navigate to: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/community-level-covid-19-data-reporting
The Bedford COVID-19 task force will update the Bedford COVID-19 data dashboard in the Thursday task force updates.
Influenza Vaccine Requirement
Last week, state public health officials announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Also exempted are K-12 students who are homeschooled and higher education students who are completely off-campus and engaged in remote learning only. This new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January is in addition to existing vaccine requirements for all those attending child care, preschool, K-12, and colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.
The Bedford Board of Health will be announcing scheduled flu clinics, via a drive-through model, in the coming days.
Need a COVID-19 test? – Free Testing extended to September 12
Free testing sites are available in many communities across the Commonwealth. Testing at these sites is available regardless of symptom state. Visit www.mass.gov/stopthespread to find out more.
If you need testing closer to home or beyond September 12th, consider navigating to https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13 to find a testing site. Check with your insurance company for covered services prior to booking an appointment for testing.
As always stay safe, practice social distancing, and wear a mask!