Boston issues COVID warning, urges indoor masks – NBC Boston

COVID cases are rising again in Boston. New data released Friday by the Boston Public Health Commission shows cases are rising.

Over the past seven days, new COVID cases have increased by 38.9%. These new infections are pushing the city’s positivity rate up to just over 10%. There have also been around 151 people in hospital with COVID each day for the past seven days.

These numbers lead Boston health officials to issue a new COVID warning.

Their message is one of caution. They are once again urging people to start wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces and telling people to congregate outdoors and choose outdoor events if possible. An example of a crowded indoor space is public transit.

The BA.5 subvariant accounts for 60% of COVID-19 infections in New England.

Right now, the COVID positivity rate in Massachusetts is more than double the threshold for concern — it’s 10.3%.

The threshold at which people should take precautions is 5% and the target is 4% or less.

Daily hospitalizations and the amount of coronavirus in local sewage have also increased. Experts say the reason for this is the highly contagious and now dominant BA.5 omicron subvariant, as well as people congregating and traveling over the July 4 weekend.

Despite health officials’ recommendation to wear masks indoors, many Boston residents and visitors choose not to wear masks. And there is not just one reason.

“Cases are increasing, as are hospitalizations. We are closely monitoring citywide trends and suggest everyone follow recommended precautions to reduce risk,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, in a statement posted on the city’s website. “Based on current trends, it is essential that people protect themselves and others by wearing masks in crowded indoor environments, testing, isolating themselves if they are sick and staying up to date with their vaccinations. , which will reduce the risk of serious illness from COVID-19[FEMININE”

Même avec tout cela, les experts de la santé disent qu’il y a de bonnes nouvelles ici – il y a encore eu très peu de cas de maladie grave.

La Commission de la santé publique de Boston recommande les stratégies suivantes pour prévenir la transmission du COVID :

  • Testez le COVID avant et après avoir assisté à de grands rassemblements, surtout si vous savez que vous serez entouré de personnes à haut risque, comme les personnes âgées, les personnes immunodéprimées et les personnes non vaccinées.
  • Portez des masques à l’intérieur, en particulier dans les environnements intérieurs bondés comme les transports en commun.
  • Restez à la maison et isolez-vous si vous êtes malade ou si vous êtes testé positif au COVID. Si votre test est positif, assurez-vous de contacter un fournisseur de soins de santé au sujet des antiviraux oraux ou de la thérapie par anticorps monoclonaux.
  • Le département de la santé publique du Massachusetts offre des services de télésanté gratuits pour Paxlovid et un antiviral oral dont il a été prouvé qu’il réduisait considérablement le risque d’hospitalisation et de décès par COVID.
  • Restez à jour sur vos vaccinations COVID-19, qui sont maintenant recommandées pour tous les 6 mois et plus.
  • Rassemblez-vous à l’extérieur et choisissez des activités de plein air aussi souvent que possible.

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