Senate passes bill to collect vital public health data, establish statewide Covid-19 crisis task force

Last week, Senator Sal DiDomenico announced that the Massachusetts Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to promote equity and transparency as the Commonwealth continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill, An Act Addressing COVID-19 Data Collection and Disparities in Treatment, would increase the amount of statewide, publicly available data as it relates to the coronavirus, and establish a task force to study and make policy recommendations to address health disparities for underserved and underrepresented communities, including gateway cities like Chelsea and Everett.

“These reporting requirements are critical to ensuring we have a full and up-to-date understanding of the pandemic’s impact on our communities, and the inequities that exist across our Commonwealth,” said DiDomenico. “Our district has been especially hard hit by COVID-19, and any additional information that we have at our disposal will be key to tailoring our response to this pandemic. These new reporting requirements will also help to determine our long-term recovery efforts and inform our ongoing work to address systemic inequities in our healthcare and safety-net systems. I am pleased that the Senate has taken action to implement strong data collection and reporting requirements, and it is my hope that this bill makes it to the Governor’s desk in the very near future.” Continue reading Senate passes bill to collect vital public health data, establish statewide Covid-19 crisis task force

Testing for the virus

The city government would do well to shout and scream for citywide testing for the coronavirus. Without widespread, day to day testing, reopening the city will be as difficult and costly as it has been shutting it down.

It is believed that thousands of Everett residents are very likely infected with the virus or carrying it.

Health officials must know this or they can’t mitigate against it properly and stop its spread altogether.

The mayor must implement a citywide testing apparatus or at least beg the state to institute such a process of testing here to get this virus under control.

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Everett deaths at 15, 862 known cases

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Volunteer Rob DeFronzo unloads food at the Everett Grace Food Bank Pantry Thursday. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

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.

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