At his daily press briefing today, Gov. Baker said the state contact-tracing effort is now nearing the 1,000 people it had hoped to hire and that one early statistic from calls shows the importance of social distancing: Officials had expected every person who tests positive for Covid-19 to provider the names of ten people they'd been in close contact with for followup calls, but the average is just 2.
Coupled with other recent statistics - the percentage of people given Covid-19 probes who test positive and the hospitalization rate - and it shows "we have, in fact, bent the curve," he said. He added that the percentage of people who get a Covid-19 test who test positive has dropped from around 30% a few weeks ago to under 18% yesterday.
But hospitalization and ICU rates have plateaued, not gone down, he said. And he acknowledged that yesterday, Massachusetts recorded its highest one-day death total, so it's hardly time to re-open everything, he said.
Baker added that while Covid-19 is proving particularly dangerous and deadly for elderly residents, that's no reason for younger people to give up the fight. He said a lot of the patients in the state's ICUs are under 60 - "a lot!"
Also, after saying the one good personal thing that's happened to him during the stay-at-home advisory is that for the first time ever, his kids are reading regularly, Baker was asked about what he's watching on Netflix. Watch "The Biggest Little Farm," he advised. "It's magical, it's lyrical and it's beautiful."