At their April 1 meeting, the Select Board heard updates on the town’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, postponed Town Meeting due to the constraints of the pandemic, and discussed the organization of the Select Board for the coming year.
Editor’s Note: In addition to today’s Bedford case count, Town Manager Stanton announced that Town Meeting, previously rescheduled until today, will be recessed and continued until May 4. There is also a link from the Bedford School so that families and faculty can weigh in about canceling April vacation.
Click the link in the actual story to read the Town’s full update for Monday, April 6, 2020
Editor’s Note: In addition to the number of current cases of coronavirus in Bedford, today’s update includes a change to Federal reporting requirements for Food Bank recipients, and teachers’ efforts to rekindle a sense of community among students in the online learning, all the while acknowledging that school closing is particularly difficult for the Class of 2020.
Click the link in the posted story to read the Town’s full update for Friday, April 3, 2020
The Bedford VA Medical Center has completed the conversion of one full ward zoned for treatment of patients with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis ahead of schedule.
Slated to open early next week, the 22-bed Community Living Center ward was completed last night, just in time to accept several COVID-positive Veteran residents that the state-run Chelsea Soldiers’ Home proactively identified as needing a higher level of care in light of the pandemic.
These will be Bedford VAMC’s first COVID-positive inpatient Veterans. Previous safeguards such as the visitor restriction policy, active screening process and proper preventative measures have helped prevent Bedford’s CLC patients from getting a COVID-19 infection.
Bedford VA Medical Center’s first priority is the preparedness of our facilities to meet the needs of Veterans and their families. Our goal is to prevent COVID-19 infections from spreading within the VA, while maintaining our usual high level of care for all Veterans. This effort is coordinated at the VA, VHA and VISN levels to affect operations in all our facilities.
You may have concerns following the tragedy of what happened at Soldier’s Home in Holyoke. News sources allege the incident stemmed from a lack of isolation for symptomatic patients, lack of PPE for staff treating symptomatic patients, overcrowding conditions caused by lack of staff (consolidating wards), failure to address staff concerns, lack of COVID and death reporting, and a major staffing shortage since 2016.
To this end, we have been taking the following precautions:
Editor’s Note: In addition to today’s case count, this message stresses the importance of social distancing (including a CDC video), with particular cautions against groups of people congregating in parks or on the Minuteman Bikeway. Governor Baker has extended Massachusetts’ Order to close non-essential businesses and the stay-at-home advisory to May 4, 2020. Also, gatherings are limited to no more than 10 persons.
Click into the full story for a live link to read the Town’s full update for Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The Bedford Water Division initiated its annual water main flushing program on March 24. This initiative ensures clean water throughout the town’s distribution system. Residents along the Great Road near the Lexington border were the first to experience this process, which will individually address areas moving westerly, with the final phase beginning near North, Dudley, and Carlisle Road.
As the number of Massachusetts residents testing positive for the COVID-19 virus continues to grow, Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) provided further updates to their district. There were 868 new residents testing positive for the virus in Massachusetts on March 31, the date of this writing, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 6,620. So far, 89 people in the Commonwealth have died from the disease, 33 new fatalities reported today. The vast majority of those who succumbed were elderly or had preexisting health conditions. So far 46,935 patients have been tested.
ByThe Office of State Rep Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) |
As soon as she saw the community spread of the Covid-19 virus in Washington State, Bedford Research Foundation’s (“BRF”) Clinical Laboratory Director Dr. Ann Kiessling sprang into action. Just two weeks later, with the help of Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), BRF is processing hundreds of tests each week for patients exhibiting symptoms that could be caused by the Covid-19 virus, or were directly exposed to it.
At their March 25 meeting, held remotely via a Zoom link, Town Manager Sarah Stanton provided the Select Board with an update on the Town’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and discussed how the Town will move forward through the constraints of the pandemic. There was also a discussion of the effect of Covid-19 closures on Annual Town Meeting.
ByHeidi Porter, Director of Health and Human Services |
On March 23, 2020 Governor Baker released an additional Order allowing COVID-19 Essential Services to continue to operate. A Stay-At-Home Advisory was also issued, urging residents within the State of Massachusetts to stay home as much as possible, and limit unnecessary time spent out in public.
Grocery stores, pharmacies and specific retail establishments are included in the list of Essential Services that remain in operation. While residents are limiting time spent in public, some establishments cannot be avoided so many people are wondering how to practice safe shopping during the COVID-19 outbreak.
There are many ways that YOU can help limit the spread within Bedford by taking the following steps if you have to go to the grocery store or pharmacy:
The Commonwealth’s taxpayers will get a three-month reprieve on the day to file state income tax, and consumers will be able to order beer or wine with a takeout meal, according to updates provided by Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) regarding the State’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and support residents throughout the public health emergency.
The efforts to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 is affecting the collection of refuse and recycling in Bedford and other municipalities.
In Bedford, starting Monday, March 30, Republic Services will only empty trash carts and recycling carts. Republic Services drivers will not leave their vehicles to collect overflow trash bags or other materials left at the curb.
Republic Services is making changes to its operations to protect its employees from possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The Department of Public Works is working with Republic Services to ensure that refuse and recycling is removed from Bedford households.
In addition, the bulk waste collection on Mondays and the Appliance/TV collection on Wednesdays will be suspended until further notice.
Editor’s Note: Today’s update includes Bedford’s active cases, an update to the Food Bank’s hours, a note of thanks to the Bedford Food Pantry and the Greater Boston Food Bank for their support and donations, and a reminder to take joy when it comes along!
Below please find a summary of the Thursday, March 24, 2020 Town of Bedford: Update on COVID-19.