Good News from the Board of Health: Covid Cases on the Decline

Local cases of Covid-19 are on a sharp decline, the town’s community health nurse told the Board of Health at its virtual meeting Monday.

Mark Waksmonski said that since Friday, there have been only two or three cases. “There has been a pretty rapid decrease in cases over time,” he said. “Our positivity rate is dropping and the vaccination rate is increasing.”

As of this morning, the Covid-19 data dashboard on the town website showed just one new case over the past five days, and just seven active cases overall, with 41 percent of residents fully vaccinated.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded for Bedford is 926.

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Before this week’s decline, Waksmonski reported, he was seeing “a lot of in-home family spread,” such as five cases in one household, earlier this month. He noted an unusual case where an individual who had been vaccinated twice was infected and two other residents became ill.

For the past few days, he has been called regarding tick episodes, Waksmonski said, “a welcome respite from the past year and a half.” Last week he said he also administered four vaccinations to homebound residents as part of a state program.

During the meeting, Health and Human Services Director Heidi Porter expressed disappointment that a proposed regional vaccination site at a vacant department store in Acton has not materialized.

The state Department of Public Health has refocused on regional availability, “and I thought we were a shoo-in,” she said. Instead, “We have not heard back in over two weeks.”

Porter also said she has not been informed about any special accommodations in response to the anticipated surge of residents ages 12-15 to obtain vaccinations. Federal approval for Pfizer vaccinations for this cohort is expected imminently.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763

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