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Posted on: February 24, 2021

COVID Update 2/24/2021

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As of 3/3/21, the confirmed COVID 19 case count in Massachusetts is 553,220. There have been 15,925 confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported in Massachusetts. Daily COVID-19 updates from the Commonwealth can be found on their dashboard at COVID-19 Response Reporting | Mass.gov. The cumulative number of positive tested cases in the Town of Webster is now at 1,647; however, of the 1,647 positive cases 1,542 have fully recovered. Unfortunately, 32 Webster residents have passed away from the novel coronavirus. Our thoughts are with the deceased's friends and family

VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

The Town of Webster continues to actively pursue additional vaccine opportunities for our residents.  

 1) Due to the National challenges with limited supply of vaccine the Board of Health has yet to receive an allocation from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  The Town will continue to make requests for vaccine.

 2) Should the State of Massachusetts award vaccine to Housing Authority entities, we will partner with them to help distribute the vaccination. We are hopeful to learn more from the State over the course of the next few weeks.

3) Early on in the pandemic the Health Department in the Town of Webster fostered a partnership with Harrington Hospital to combat the pandemic with testing efforts.  The partnership has continued through the Towns support of Harrington's COVID-19 Vaccine efforts with the Vaccination Clinic located at the Southbridge Community Center. All those who have contacted the Town of Webster Board of Health in regards to the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase I or Phase II Step 1 have been contacted and had the opportunity to receive the vaccine. Anyone interested in obtaining the vaccine, who has not already done so, can register at Webster, MA (webster-ma.gov.  We will be providing sign up information to members of our database as vaccines become available.  

4) In addition to our partnership with Harrington Hospital, Webster residents can also obtain a vaccine at one of the Mass Vaccination sites. Some of these locations may be a bit of a ride, but there are opportunities to book appointments for this week. This might be a good possibility for an immediate appointment.  

 You can search for appointments at other Mass Vaccination sites here: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.

New State Call Center to Help Resident Make Appointments 

Massachusetts has a new call center to help residents 75 and older more easily schedule an appointment if they do not have internet. The COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line is a dedicated telephone line available to residents 75 and older. The line will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Call center workers will have the same access to appointments that users will see on the public website. 

The line can be accessed by dialing 2–1–1 and selecting the prompt for “Help Scheduling a Vaccine Appointment.” 

 

As of:New Cases confirmedCumulative casesNew DeathsCumulative Deaths
3/15/202044
0
3/22/202037
0
3/29/202081511
4/5/20201025
1
4/12/2020631
1
4/19/20201950
1
4/26/20202676
1
5/3/202029105
1
5/10/202022127
1
5/17/20201914612
5/24/202029175
2
5/31/202022197
2
6/7/202025222
2
6/14/202018240
2
6/21/2020152557 (6 in LTCF)9
6/28/20204259
9
7/5/20204263
9
7/12/20205268
9
7/19/202042722 (2 in LTCF)11
7/26/20204276
11
8/2/20204280
11
8/9/20206286
11
8/16/20204290
11
8/23/20201291
11
8/31/20202293
11
9/7/20200293
11
9/14/20200293
11
9/21/20203296
11
9/28/20209305
11
10/7/202014319
11
10/14/202030349
11
10/21/202024373
11
10/28/202017390
11
11/4/202012402
11
11/11/202027429
11
11/18/202049478
11
11/25/202034512
11
12/2/202037549
11
12/9/202074623
11
12/16/202098721
11
12/23/2020106827112
12/30/2020138 (46 in LTCF)9654 (3 in LTCF)16
1/6/202194 (14 in LTCF)1,0593 (3 in LTCF)19
1/13/202196 (7 in LTCF)1,1557 (5 in LTCF)26
1/20/2021108 (4 in LTCF)1,2633 (2 in LTCF)28
1/27/202197 (6 in LTCF)1,3603 (3 in LTCF) 31
2/4/2021117 (8 in LTCF)1,4771 (1 in LTCF)32
2/10/202156 (1 in LTCF)1,533
032
2/17/202142 (0 LTCF)1,575032
2/24/202142 (0 LTCF)1,617032
3/3/2130 (0 LTCF)
1,647032

*LTCF=Long-Term Care Facility

Face Covering Order: Gov. Baker announced an updated order related to face-coverings. The revised order requires all persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The revised order still allows for an exception for residents who cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical or disabling condition, but it allows employers to require employees to provide proof of such a condition. It also allows schools to require that students participating in in-person learning provide proof of such a medical or disabling condition.

TESTING: You should get a test for COVID-19 if:

  • You develop any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, or
  • You are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

For additional information, including where you can be tested, please see: COVID-19 Testing | Mass.gov 

TRAVEL: All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival
  • Quarantine for 10 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained after arrival. However, all such arriving travelers must immediately begin the 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Please see COVID-19 Travel Order | Mass.gov  for more information, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, business guidance and other details.

Please remember to: 

  • Avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities.
  • Protect yourself by following public health advice about keeping your hands clean and covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you are sick. If you need to consult a health care provider, call ahead first or use telehealth services.
  • Protect others who are most at risk of COVID-19 by keeping your distance from people (at least 6 feet away from others), especially those who are older, and people living with chronic health conditions.
  • If you are outside, avoid crowds.
  • Don’t shake hands or hug.
  • Stay connected to friends and loved ones by phone or through other technology.
  • Get information from trusted sources such as the links below.
  • Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during these stressful times, call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option

Links to Relevant Information

For more information regarding COVID-19 and the Federal Government’s response, please see the CDC website www.coronavirus.gov.

For more information regarding the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ response to COVID-19, please see www.mass.gov/covid19.

For a complete list of emergency orders click here.

The Commonwealth has established a COVID-19 text alert system for immediate updates from the State. Please text COVIDMA to 888-777 to subscribe.

Please contact the Webster Board of Health at 508-949-3800 ext. 4002 or jsullivan@webster-ma.gov with any COVID-19 related concerns. 

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