Cases: 18 (+1 from April 1); 5 released from isolation
Deaths: 1 (+0 from April 1)
NEW! UPDATE FROM MAYOR TOM BERNARD
The Baker-Polito Administration’s COVID-19 Response Command Center today outlined projections related to the anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. The projections are the result of the Command Center’s work with medical experts to complete modeling of the outbreak in Massachusetts. The Administration also detailed its efforts to respond to this surge, including a significant increase in hospital capacity, staffing, and equipment.
The projections announced today predict that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts will reach between 47,000 and 172,000 individuals. The projections estimate that COVID-19 hospitalizations potentially will peak between April 10-20.
These numbers are cause for serious concern, and a reminder that the risk of COVID-19 is growing. It also is important to remember that these are estimates based on the best information available (including state population data such as age, population density, and the number of people with smoking histories, as well as the effect of social distancing policies, orders, and advisories). We should assume this information could and will change, and that the state command center is constantly updating the model as new data become available.
This is one more reminder why reminders about social distancing, and talk about "flattening the curve" of COVID-19 is so important. As the graphic below indicates, one of the primary goals of social distancing is relieving stress on our healthcare system and healthcare workers.
Ensuring we don't overwhelm our healthcare system is a critical part of why social distancing is so important. Here's the other key reason, courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Stay-at-Home Advisory:
It’s possible for people to spread the virus to others up to 48 hours before they have symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to always practice social distancing. This means keeping a distance of 6 feet between you and the other person.
We all have a responsibility to keep one another safe, and not to place ourselves or our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, first responders, or front line workers at unnecessary risk. We all have to understand and accept that there is a difference between running essential errands such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy to socialize because everything else is closed. The bottom line is we all need everyone to stay home unless it is essential and necessary.
Please do your part, and please look out for people who may be feeling especially vulnerable right now. Our human services network is doing all they can to reach out and help those in need. A friend who works for one of our great service organizations put it to me this way recently: "we are concerned and determined, taking actions in line with our mission, priorities, and values."
That's a resolve we can all share, and something we're seeing every day from everyone working to prepare for and respond to COVID-19. This includes our legislative delegation who are supporting critical legislation to support those affected by this crisis; our healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle, including the team at the Northern Berkshire COVID-19 Operations Center; the professional educators in the North Adams Public Schools who are reaching out and helping students stay connected to learning; people working in essential services businesses, and every person who is staying home, staying safe, and keeping others in our community safe as well.
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