Current cases. In Massachusetts, there are a total of 60,265 cases of COVID-19, out of the 265.618 individuals that have been tested. Three thousand four hundred and five (3,405) deaths in Massachusetts have been related to the virus. Locally, as of Wednesday, April 22 Franklin had 86 confirmed cases (rate of 254.35/100,000). Medway had 61 confirmed cases (rate of 466.36/100,000). For complete details, click here.
COVID-19 Surge Planning: Modeling and Projections. The 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. They also detailed its efforts to respond to this surge, including a significant increase in hospital capacity, staffing, and equipment. For important information, please click here.
DPH testing. On March 13, DPH issued a guidance letter for testing of persons with suspect COVID-19 through the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. This new system will enable Massachusetts to more quickly and effectively test and report out test results. This in turn will automatically make test results available to state epidemiologists, clinicians who have ordered the tests, and to local boards of health.
Testing ramping up. Massachusetts has a goal of conducting a minimum of 3,500 coronavirus tests each day and is on track to get to that level through an enormous increase in testing capacity by early next week (March 22-28). Quest Diagnostics in Marlborough is ramping up labs to be able to test 20,000 people per day across the country. CEO Steve Rusckowski said the company hopes to eventually be able to test 2,000 to 3,000 people a day in Massachusetts. Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said that, using South Korea as a model, Massachusetts needs to be testing 3,500 people each day at a minimum. Massachusetts officials confirmed the state’s first positive COVID-19 case on Feb. 1.
RoyLab stats (no relation). This site provides novel coronavirus live streaming with breaking news, a world Map and live counter on confirmed cases, recovered cases(COVID-19). To view it, click here.
Screenings available. MA residents who suspect they might have COVID-19 can now use this Buoy Health COVID-19 Web App, which will help to screen them based on a series of questions and connect them to a health care provider via telehealth. Click here to get to the site.