The Boston Public Health Commission relays the news, based on growing numbers of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Boston, Revere, Chelsea and Winthrop.
Also at high numbers: Covid-19 viral particles in sewage at the MWRA's Deer Island plant, which has become a predictor of new cases in the coming couple of weeks.
According to BPHC:
BPHC’s COVID-19 testing sites are reporting 18 new COVID-19 cases per day, marking a 22% increase over the past seven days (data as of January 2). Through January 4, Boston’s hospitals reported 306 new COVID-19 related hospitalizations. While that trend is stable through the past seven days, it is a 41% increase over the past 14 days.
In a statement, Boston Public Health Commissioner Bisola Ojikutu says what you'd expect:
Based on the trends, it is imperative that we all protect ourselves and others. I understand there’s a very high level of pandemic fatigue, but the numbers speak for themselves. We should all be masking indoors, staying home when sick, and testing for COVID-19. In addition, getting boosted is the best way to protect yourself from severe illness and hospitalization.
Also: Get your omicron-specific bivalent booster and flu shot if, like most people, you haven't, the former because it can lessen the severity of any infection, the latter because it can stop the flu, which can also turn deadly. And wear "a well-fitting, high-quality mask indoors and on public transportation," stay home if you experience any symptoms of a respiratory illness or test positive for Covid-19, and test yourself before and after indoor gatherings. Regular hand washing? Of course.
BPHC reports less than 14% of Bostonians have gotten a Covid-19 booster shot.
Get your boosters - and test kits - for free at several BPHC vaccination shots, and go home with a $75 gift card to boot: No ID, no appointment, no nothing required.
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