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COVID-19 Holyoke Report 8-21-20

Posted on August 21, 2020

Massachusetts coronavirus positive test rate hits new low of 1.2%

The state’s positive coronavirus test rate dropped to a new low as public health officials reported 431 new coronavirus cases on Friday and 13 more deaths.

The seven-day rolling average for the positive test rate has now ticked down to 1.2% from 1.3% earlier in the week, according to the Department of Public Health. It continues a gradual decline in the positive test rate over the last few weeks.


Rapid-response COVID-19 testing program available to Massachusetts schools, Baker says

A rapid-response coronavirus testing program will be available for Massachusetts districts in case of an outbreak during the school year, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday.

He said the mobile program will be available for K-12 schools across the state.  Read the full story here:  https://www.wcvb.com/article/gov-charlie-baker-to-give-update-on-coronavirus-in-massachusetts/33655996


State mandates flu vaccinations for Massachusetts students

Flu vaccinations will be required for all students 6 months or older who attend child care, pre-school, school and college in Massachusetts to reduce the possibility of a double whammy of respiratory illnesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, state health officials announced Wednesday.  Read the full story here: https://www.boston.com/news/health/2020/08/19/state-mandates-flu-vaccinations-for-massachusetts-students


Massachusetts to apply for more federal unemployment assistance after weekly $600 aid expires, Gov. Charlie Baker says

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which provided an additional $600 check to Americans out of work because of the virus, expired July 27.

Baker said he’s sent a letter to FEMA signaling the state’s intent to formally apply, but expressed reservations about the plan.

“I don’t think this is the right way to do this,” he said. “I worry a lot that we’re taking money from federal reimbursements for emergency services provided associated with the first four months of COVID under FEMA to fund this program.” Read the full story here: https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/08/massachusetts-to-apply-for-more-federal-unemployment-assistance-after-weekly-600-aid-expires-gov-charlie-baker-says.html


Free COVID Testing Available in Springfield and Agawam Has Been Extended Until September 12.

The Commonwealth is launching a strategic testing program in communities across Massachusetts that have continued to see a higher number of residents testing positive for COVID-19.  Springfield and Agawam are two of those communities.  Get the full information here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread


Currently there are 1051 positive COVID cases in Holyoke < 1% increase


Weekly Public Health Report (Updated Wednesday) Contains town-by-town numbers, long-term care facility information, and more: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-weekly-public-health-report-

Massachusetts comprehensive daily “dashboard” illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-daily-dashboard-

Testing has a turnaround time of 1-5 days and many cases are being clinically diagnosed (no testing or reporting involved). All are advised to behave as though they are carriers of Covid-19.

The curve we need to flatten: County numbers graphed over time can be found here: https://www.wmasscovid.com/

Massachusetts has now experienced a total of 8,670 deaths among the 115,741 confirmed Covid-19 cases. *Massachusetts is now reporting “probable” Coronavirus deaths in addition to confirmed cases.

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