In addition to the current case counts, this week’s full update includes information on Stop Gatherings without Precautions; CDC Updates its Definition of Close Contacts; Some Reasons why a Bedford School Community Member (SCM) might have No Close Contacts in the Schools; and Operation of Indoor Ice Rinks and Indoor Ice Skating and Hockey Facilities – Temporary Ban.
Bedford’s weekly update is also available in the following places if you’d like to share with your friends:
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, Thursday, October 22, 2020, Bedford is now a yellow community, a higher risk category than last week, with an average daily incidence rate of 5.8 cases per 100,000 population, an increase over 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.
- 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.
- Confirmed cases = positive viral (PCR) test.
- Demographics unknown for confirmed case. Follow-up required. Often cases are reassigned to the proper community for follow-up or become probable/confirmed.
- Recovered cases counts are adjusted due to deaths subsequent to recovery and/or reassignment of cases to other communities.
- 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.
As always stay safe, practice social distancing, and wear a mask!