Boston health officials call for action in the midst of a significant jump in COVID-19 cases, positivity rate – Boston News, Weather, Sports
Boston health officials call for action in the midst of a significant jump in COVID-19 cases, positivity rate – Boston News, Weather, Sports

Boston health officials call for action in the midst of a significant jump in COVID-19 cases, positivity rate – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – The Boston Public Health Commission is recommending new precautions for residents after COVID-19 cases in the city increased by 65 percent over the past two weeks.

Health authorities are now urging Bostonians to be tested, stay at home if they feel unwell, and stay up to date with vaccinations. The city has also renewed its recommendation that masks should be worn indoors to prevent further increase in the number of cases.

“With increasing COVID-19 cases, we encourage all Bostonians to take extra precautions to protect yourself, your family and our community. If you feel uncomfortable, get tested on one of our free City pages or tag a quick test. It’s also important to stay up to date on your vaccinations, “said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, in a press release.” We recommend that individuals protect themselves and others by masking indoors , especially in crowded places. These precautions are how we protect the progress we have made in our society. “

In addition to the 65 percent increase in new cases, societal positivity has risen to 6.9 percent after being as low as 2.2 percent in early March, officials noted. The amount of COVID-19 particles in local wastewater samples has increased by 109 percent over the same 14-day period, suggesting that cases may continue to increase in the coming weeks.

“With higher transmission levels, wearing a mask can prevent individuals from becoming ill, testing can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and vaccination with boosting reduces the risk of serious illness and hospitalization,” the BDPHC said.

The BDPHC also reminded the public that free walk-in test sites remain operational around the city.

For more information on where to find a test, visit boston.gov/covid19-testing. Home test kits can also be purchased throughout Boston.

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