Editor’s Note: In addition to this week’s case count, the news that the Town’s flu clinics are currently full.
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, Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Bedford is now a yellow community, an elevated risk category from last week, with an average daily incidence rate of 5.75 cases per 100,000 population. 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. For more information, please read the full update today.
Bedford Board of Health Flu Clinics – Appointments Currently Full
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever. The flu season traditionally starts in September and ends in April with a peak in cases from January through March.
This year, the Bedford Board of Health has been hosting flu clinics for the Bedford community since September 14, 2020, and has distributed over 600 doses of vaccine, to date. In 2020, we acquired approximately 25% more vaccine than 2019, anticipating an increased desire for the vaccine. While we have several more appointment-only community clinics scheduled in the coming weeks and school-based clinics pending, all of our appointments are booked at this time.
Flu vaccine has been slow to arrive from the manufacturers this fall. We have more vaccine on order but it is unclear when it will arrive. As such, if you do not have an appointment for one of the upcoming Board of Health drive-through clinics, it is suggested that you acquire a dose of flu vaccine elsewhere – local pharmacies, local walk-in clinics, or your health care provider’s office.
If/when the Board of Health is able to acquire additional doses of flu vaccine we will open up more appointment slots in our online booking system. Please check the Board of Health website for any changes to the clinic schedule or additional openings for flu vaccination appointments https://www.bedfordma.gov/bedford-board-of-health/pages/flu-clinic-information-community.
Please stay healthy….and wash your hands as often as you can!