Numbers will rise as virus testing grows weekly
By JOSH RESNEK
With week six of the Coronavirus shutdown underway, confirmed cases have risen and so too have deaths.
The city is reporting officially 15 deaths caused by the virus and 862 infected.
As more are tested from week-to-week, the numbers of infected will rise, although it is the percentage of infected that apparently makes the difference about understanding the virus and controlling it where and when it breaks out.
In other words, as more and more people are tested, the numbers of those infected will rise as part of a natural progression.
Epidemiologists believe that as many as 10,000 Everett residents are infected and don’t know it or aren’t showing signs of it.
The city lockdown remains in force.
A curfew remains in place.
Residents are required to wear face masks or coverings when out in public.
There are no locations in the city for residents to buy face masks, neither is the city providing them.
There has been no enforcement of this provision locally.
In neighboring Somerville, it was reported Tuesday that police there will be fining those without face masks walking around in public $300.
Testing is another question mark.
Only those showing symptoms of the virus are being tested – and they can only be tested at the Cambridge Alliance Hospital, the former Whidden Hospital before being admitted or in Chelsea at the MGH facility there.