Gov. Baker To Discuss Re-Opening Guidance & COVID Today

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Today, December 8, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy to provide an update on the Commonwealth’s re-opening guidance due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The Governor’s press conference today is at 1 p.m.

“Since Thanksgiving, we have seen a significant uptick in case counts and hospital admissions. As of the weekend, confirmed hospitalizations have increased 44 percent from 986 admissions to 1416. Hospitals are feeling the strain on both ends: increased call-outs by hospital staff due to COVID exposure and infections, which has led to a decrease in the number of staff beds hospitals have available,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Sudders.

Yesterday there were 2,463 new cases in the Commonwealth and 30 new deaths.

Framingham has 130 new cases since last Friday.

The Commonwealth’s positive test rate is at its highest levels since June

Framingham has seen an increase from 8 cases per day around Labor Day, to 40 cases per day around Thanksgiving to now more than 60 cases per day per 100,000 individuals.

“You could actually see our positive test rates stop growing day over day for about 10 days, and then about five to seven days, which is the typical incubation period, after Thanksgiving, it took off like a rocket,” Baker said Monday during his press briefing.

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