Editor’s Note: Today’s active case count is increased to include cases from Hanscom Air Force Base and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, there is also a reminder that Bedford’s Food Bank will be in service tomorrow, Friday, April 10, from 1 to 4 pm.
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As of today, April 9, 2020, there have been a total of forty (40) positive cases of COVID-19 in Bedford reported to the Town of Bedford Board of Health by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). This total case number incudes residents of the Town of Bedford, Hanscom Air Force Base and the Bedford Veteran’s Administration (VA) Campus as reported to us by the MA DPH. This increase over yesterday’s numbers is a reflection of the recent testing done of residents at the Bedford VA which resulted in 13 new cases reported today from that facility alone.
The Bedford VA reports that the impacted Veterans are being cared for in respiratory isolation in the new community living center ward on the Bedford Campus established specifically for treatment of patients with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and any impacted staff are at home in isolation. The VA reports that the new ward has staff dedicated exclusively to the patients housed there, following the operational guidelines of both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Veterans Health Administration. The Bedford VA is conducting the close-contact tracing and surveillance of COVID-19 positive residents in their care.
Eight (8) of the total Bedford cases have already recovered and have come off of isolation and there is currently one (1) known Person Under Investigation. There are other individuals impacted by COVID-19 in the community that have not sought medical attention, and/or have not been tested and are isolating at home regardless. Those individuals do not appear on the surveillance reports the Town receives from the MA DPH.
The Board of Health continues to do the appropriate follow-up and outreach to those residents and close contacts known to us. Many of the identified close contacts of some of the Bedford cases never exhibited symptoms, have completed their required quarantine period and have been released from quarantine by the Board of Health.
Social distancing, staying home except for necessary, essential and allowable errands, frequent handwashing, use of sanitizer, regular sanitizing of common-touch surfaces and wearing a face covering when you must go out in public, are all the ways we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Although a difficult request around the religious holidays that are upon us, the Bedford Board of Health asks all residents to be respectful of each other and our desire to stem the growth of this epidemic by staying home and not gathering outside of your immediate households for any ceremonies or celebrations in the coming days. No public religious services shall be held or attended.
Bedford Food Bank at JGMS – Tomorrow- Friday, April 10: Food Bank Hours- 1-4 PM at JGMS. To assist and support Bedford residents in need, the Town of Bedford has established a temporary food bank at John Glenn Middle School (JGMS).
This week, the Food Bank will be held Friday, April 9, 2020, from 1-4 PM at John Glenn Middle School.
As a reminder, the Food Bank is for the following groups: school-aged children/families of the Bedford Public Schools in need of food support at this time (including, but not limited to, students currently on free or reduced breakfast and lunch), previously identified vulnerable seniors and veterans, and existing clients of the Bedford Food Pantry.
For more information on the Food Bank, please visit www.bedfordma.gov/bedfordfoodbank.
Stay healthy!…(and wash your hands as often as possible.)