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Westford COVID-19 Update: Mandatory Masking in Health Care Facilities to End Thursday


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WESTFORD — Westford’s coronavirus cases have decreased week over week according to data published by the Department of Public Health on Thursday.

Between April 16 and April 29, 9 positive cases have been reported in Westford. In those two weeks, Westford reported 9 positive tests, with 5.63% of 160 tests returning positive.

101,685 total tests have been administered in Westford since the pandemic began.

A total of 5,518 total cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Westford as of May 4. The state has reported over 2.03 million cases of COVID-19, reporting 1,802 cases in the last two weeks. 2.63% of the 79,269 tests administered, or 2,085 tests, have returned positive.

As of May 2, 80 of the 98 intensive care unit beds remain occupied in Northeastern Massachusetts, while 872 of the 923 medical and surgical beds remain occupied in the region.

As of May 4, Middlesex County has reported 270 positive cases in the last two week period between April 16 and April 29. 3.08% or 534 of 17,332 total tests returned positive in the county.

In the last two weeks, Middlesex County has reported 3 confirmed and probable deaths, while the state has reported 19 confirmed and probable deaths.

Public health emergency, pandemic-era restrictions to end 

The public health emergency in Massachusetts will end on May 11, according to a March 15 statement by the Healey-Driscoll administration. The federal public health emergency is also set to end on May 11.

The few remaining COVID-19 public health emergency orders will end, including mandatory mask requirements in health care facilities. The decision will now be left to individual hospitals, doctor’s offices and other facilities.

Mass General Brigham, Beth Israel Lahey Health, UMass Memorial, Boston Medical Center and Tufts Health will all go mask-option after Thursday.

A number of pandemic-era regulations are still set to continue after Thursday which were included in the supplemental budget passed by the legislature in March.

The $389 million supplemental budget includes $140 million to extend enhanced Supplemental Nutrition Program Benefits through July. Additional federal funding ended in April.

The bill also includes $65 million to continue free school meals for all students through July 2024, as well as provisions to authorize cocktails, beer and wine to-go through April 1, 2024. Remote and hybrid government meetings may also continue through March 31, 2025.

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.

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