Editor’s Note: In addition to today’s case count, there’s an outline of Phase Two (2) re-opening guidelines
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As of today, June 7, 2020, there have been a total of two hundred twenty-eight (228) positive cases of COVID-19 reported to the Town of Bedford Board of Health by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH), of those, one hundred twenty-two (122) are Bedford residents not living in a healthcare/long term care setting. Forty (40) deaths of Bedford residents have been attributed to COVID-19. The total case number includes residents of the Town of Bedford, including but not limited to those in: single-family homes, apartments, the VA campus, Hanscom Air Force Base, special needs group homes and any and all other larger assisted living/care facilities in Bedford as reported to us by the MA DPH.
Seventy-one (71) of the total Bedford cases have already recovered and have come off of isolation and there may other Bedford residents who would be considered persons under investigation in that they are symptomatic, have undergone testing but have not yet received results. 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.
PHASE 2-STARTS TOMORROW!
On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Governor Baker announced that due to continued statewide positive trends in the key public health data, Step 1 of Phase II Reopening of the economy would start on Monday, June 8, 2020. The following businesses will be eligible to reopen on Monday, with contingencies:
- Retail, with occupancy limits;
- Childcare facilities and day camps, with detailed guidance;
- Restaurants, outdoor table service only;
- Hotels and other lodgings, no events, functions or meetings;
- Warehouses and distribution centers;
- Personal services without close physical contact, such as home cleaning, photography, window washing, career coaching, and education tutoring;
- Post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech, and occupation schools for the purpose of completing graduation requirements;
- Youth and adult amateur sports, with detailed guidance;
- Outdoor recreation facilities
- Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions;
- Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts, education or life skills and in groups of less than 10;
- Driving and flight schools
- Outdoor historical spaces, no functions, gatherings or guided tours;
- Funeral homes, with occupancy limits
The following businesses will be eligible reopen in Step 2 of Phase II at a later date to be determined:
- Indoor table service at restaurants
- Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including:
- Hair removal and replacement
- Nail care
- Massage therapy
- Makeup salons and makeup application services
- Tanning salons
- Tattoo, piercing and body art services
- Personal training, with restrictions
In anticipation of the Phase II announcement, last week, the Board of Health shared Phase 2 protocols and details with many sector-specific Bedford businesses or programs (for whom we have contact information) in an effort to help them better understand the requirements that must be met prior to re-opening. If you are a business not currently receiving COVID-19 Reopening emails from the Bedford Board of Health please contact us at 781-275-6507 to be added to our contact list.
Stay healthy, and wash your hands as often as possible!