Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Saturday, 4 April 2020

Editor’s note: In addition to a correction about the number of coronavirus cases in Bedford, a reassuring message about overdue fines from the Bedford Free Public Library.

Click the link in the article to read the Town’s full update for Saturday, April 4, 2020

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Friday, 3 April 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

Bedford VA Converts Nursing Home Ward to Accommodate Covid-Positive Veteran Residents

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. 

Stakeholders Operational Update from the Bedford VA Medical Center ~ Thursday, April 2, 2020

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:

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Thursday, 2 April 2020

Editor’s Note: Today’s message, in addition to the Town’s active case count, focuses on tomorrow’s Food Bank pick-up, and possible technology/privacy concerns around online learning.

Click into this article and then the top link to read the Town’s full update for Thursday, April 2, 2020

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Editor’s Note: In this edition, active cases along with tips for emotional health and wellbeing, as well as a thank you from Superintendent of Schools Jon Sills about the start of remote learning.

Click this link in the full article to read the Town’s update for Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Tuesday, 31 March 2020

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

Old Billerica, Springs Road to Undergo Water Main Flushing

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.

Rep. Gordon and Sen. Barrett Provide COVID-19 Update – Extended Stay-at-Home Advisory, Essential Services Order for Tuesday, March 31 2020

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.

Town Government at Work for Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Select Board and the Assessors will each conduct a remote meeting tomorrow afternoon. Information for remote participation is included with the agenda.

All meetings of Town boards and committees are subject to the open meeting law, and the public is welcome to observe the proceedings.

Bedford Research Labs and Rep. Gordon Team in Responding to Need for Covid-19 Testing

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.

Town of Bedford ~ Update on Covid-19 ~ Monday, 30 March 2020

Editor’s Note: Active Cases, Chromebook distribution, and help for small businesses through the CARES Act, and a conference call with Rep. Seth Moulton

Click this link (once you’re in the actual story) to read the Town’s full update for Monday, March 30, 2020

Town of Bedford Update on COVID-19 ~ Sunday, 29 March 2020

Editor’s Note: In addition to the count of Bedford’s active cases, today’s message covers online education and Chromebook pick-up, scheduled for Monday, March 30, at JGMS

Click this link (in the full story) to read the Town’s update for Sunday, March 29, 2020

Bedford VA Medical Center Temporarily Closes Outpatient Clinics ~ Effective Monday, March 30, 2020

Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Springs Road has announced that all its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), will close temporarily effective Monday, March 30, 2020, due to COVID-19.

All CBOC providers and staff have been converted to virtual care at this time and Veterans are recommended to use telehealth–either phone or video–for their scheduled appointments.

Town of Bedford Update on COVID-19 ~ Saturday, 28 March 2020

Editor’s Note: Saturday’s update indicates an uptick in confirmed cases, and information about Monday’s Chromebook distribution

Click this link in the story to read the Town’s full update for Saturday, March 28 2020

Safe Shopping Tips Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak – Bedford Board of Health, 27 March 2020

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:

Town of Bedford Update on COVID-19 ~ Friday, 27 March 2020

Editor’s Note ~ In today’s message: Current active cases, prepping Chromebooks for distribution, mental health services available through the Town, and a Food Bank update.

Rep. Gordon, Sen. Barrett Provide Update On State Efforts to Combat Covid-19 on Friday, March 27

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.

Covid-19 Preventive Measures Require Immediate Changes in Bedford’s Refuse & Recycling Program

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.

Town of Bedford Update on COVID-19 ~ Wednesday, 25 March 2020

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.