Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Thursday, 10 September 2020

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In addition to the case count from Town Manager Sarah Stanton, this report includes information on Flu Clinics (Registration opens tomorrow for Walk-Up Clinic on Saturday, September 26) and precautions for safety during rallies and protests.

Click this link to read the Town’s full update for Thursday, September 10, 2020

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

Case Counts

The MA DPH is reporting COVID-19 data on a community level and releasing the data weekly on Wednesdays. Based on this data, each city or town is designated a color – gray, green, yellow, or red. Gray 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 yesterday, Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Bedford is now a green community, elevated from gray as reported last week. The color-coded relative risk designation established by the state is a tool that can be used by the Town to set policy and implement safety protocols for the protection of the community. In the coming weeks, this data will continue to 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.

Notes:
1 Previous-14 day data is used by the MA Department of Public Health to determine Bedford’s COVID-19 risk category (gray, green, yellow or red) on a weekly basis
2 Confirmed cases = positive viral test.
3 Demographics unknown for confirmed case. Follow-up required. Often cases are reassigned to the proper community for follow-up or become probable/confirmed.
4 Probable cases = positive antibody test or clinical diagnosis. Probable cases are not included in the Confirmed Cases totals.
Shading used to correlate various data sets.

Flu Clinic – Registration Opens Tomorrow for Walk-Up Clinic on Saturday, September 26

The Town of Bedford, MA Board of Health has announced 2020-2021 Flu Clinic dates and times and has already expanded the offerings. This year, flu vaccine will be administered via a series of drive-thru clinics, and tomorrow at 1 pm, we are opening up registration for an outdoor, Saturday, walk-up clinic on September 26th. Please check the Board of Health Flu Clinic webpage to access the registration link after 1 pm tomorrow. All clinics require online registration and insurance information will be collected in advance through the online registration system. The insurance reimbursements we receive enable us to run these clinics each year and as we strive to protect public health.

The flu clinic registration process can be found by visiting the following Town of Bedford Board of Health webpage: https://www.bedfordma.gov/bedford-board-of-health/pages/flu-clinic-information-community. To make the registration process more effective while adhering to pandemic infection risk mitigation strategies, the Board of Health is utilizing an online registration and health care information exchange web-based technology, IntakeQ. Online registration must take place before your clinic appointment via the online IntakeQ portal found here: https://intakeq.com/booking/arkth6. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Board of Health at 781-275-6507.

While the clinics will be open to all residents over the age of 6 months, additional clinics for Bedford’s school-aged population are being planned with the Bedford Public Schools and will be announced once school starts. More community flu clinics may be announced as we traverse through the coming months in the current pandemic. Please continue checking the Board of Health website for updated information relative to planned flu clinics.

Rallies and Protest Safety During COVID

As residents are taking to the streets and parks in Bedford and other communities to protest racism and rally in support of social justice, civil rights and other causes, the Bedford Board of Health supports residents’ desire and right to express themselves and offer the following precautions to implement before, during and after you gather to help you stay safe during COVID-19.

Before:

  • Assess your personal COVID-19 risk
  • Assess and discuss COVID-19 risk for those you live with
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Bring hand sanitizer or wash hands before and after
  • Bring water to stay hydrated
  • Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth

During:

  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from others
  • Do not shake hands, hug, or have long face to face conversations
  • Avoid touching your face

After:

  • Take a shower and clean your belongings as soon as you can
  • For 14 days after attendance at an event where you may have had an exposure, please perform self-monitoring: check for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.  Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms.
  • Individuals who are participating in protests and related large public gatherings may have a heightened concern that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. If you were not able to be consistent with social distancing and face-covering recommendations, speak to your healthcare provider and consider getting a COVID-19 test about 5 days after the event.

Be safe and if you have any questions about COVID exposure you are encouraged to reach out to your health care provider of the Bedford Board of Health at 781-275-6507.

As always stay safe, practice social distancing, and wear a mask!


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