47% COVID-19 Patients Have Cured; Construction and Some Sectors Reopened [COVID-19 Weekly Update] | Instant News


47% of COVID-19 patients who were reported to have recovered in the City of Boston. The total number of Boston cases is 12,306. According to the latest data, there were 779 new positive cases reported in all cities, an increase of 7% from last week.

That North End, Downtown, Back Bay, and Beacon Hill already have a total 434 positive cases of coronavirus, a rate of 77.9 per 10,000 population, most recently report from the Boston Public Health Commission. Within the city, downtown neighborhoods, Allston / Brighton, Charlestown, Fenway, Jamaica Plain, South Boston, and West Roxbury have relatively lower incidence rates while Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and South End have a higher incidence rate.

The Boston Emergency Department (ED) reports that 4.5% of all ED visits are for a disease similar to COVID-19 (CLI). This is down from 5.2% the previous week.

Boston experienced a 27% decrease in COVID-19 related deaths this week with 45 new deaths reported. In total there were 603 deaths in the City. There were no new deaths in the entire state on May 18.

While Massachusetts began gradually reopening, The City of Boston has delayed allows some sectors to be reopened while officials work with appropriate guidelines to be shared with employers to return to work safely. Houses of worship are permitted to be reopened as long as strict guidelines can be upheld. This week, the construction of schools, hospitals, smaller housing projects, and open air projects are allowed to restart. On May 26, other constructions approved by City will be allowed to continue.

Office space will be allowed to reopen on June 1 with a capacity that will be determined by Mayor Marty Walsh. Employers must implement the strategies outlined by the City in their workplaces to minimize the spread of the virus which includes shift scheduling, work-from-home policies, physical distance, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning protocols, ventilation, and more. City expects to share comprehensive guidelines next week.

“We have to fix it,” Mayor Walsh said during Press conference on May 19 in connection with the reopening. He expressed concern over the old Boston businesses that had been permanently closed and stated that the City was unable to make a second closure.

City continues to work with small business owners and has launched website to connect small businesses with vendors to obtain PPE for their employees. Surveys about how coronaviruses affect your business can be filled here.

Mayor Walsh is stated in a Press conference on May 21, officials considered offering Boston Parklets program again first introduced in 2016. This will allow businesses to arrange tables in the parking lot to serve customers. Other possible solutions include closing a lane dedicated to parking for businesses to take advantage of. The Mayor of Walsh revealed that the possibility of closing all the roads in Boston was slim, using Hanover Street as an example because a fire station would need access to open roads.

Massachusetts currently has 90,889 positive cases. There were 511,644 tests carried out throughout the Commonwealth with around 17% of these cases resulting in positive cases. Hospitalization has declined slightly with about 2.5% of all COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization.

The country has reported a total of 6,228 deaths with 636 new deaths this week. About 61% of all deaths are caused by long-term care facilities with 3,807 reported. There has been a 50% reduction in the average COVID-19 death over a three-day period since April 15.

Last week, the North End Rehabilitation and Health Center had three positive cases of COVID-19. Two of these patients have recovered. The facility was recently audited by the state and scored 28/28 for infection control.

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