COVID-19: March 1, 2021 Update from Representative Dykema
March 1st COVID-19 Update
As of today, the Commonwealth has re-entered Phase 3, Step 2 of the Reopening Massachusetts plan. Over the last month, new infections have dropped 45.1% and hospitalization numbers have dropped 53.0%, continuing positive trends in key public health metrics used to determine our reopening phase.
Most businesses subject to capacity limits will be able to increase capacity up to 50%, and restaurants will now be able to serve full capacity provided they comply with social distancing, hygiene, and party size limits. Indoor performance venues and other large-scale indoor areas will be allowed to reopen with 50% capacity.
If current trends in infections, hospitalizations, and vaccinations continue, Massachusetts will also plan to enter Step 1 of Phase 4 of the reopening plan on March 22nd. More information on the industries impacted will be available soon, which will include arenas, ballparks, and stadiums.
You can find more information on the changes going into effect today here. For more information on the Reopening Massachusetts effort, including business guidance and a question portal, visit mass.gov/reopening.
Today’s weekly COVID-19 report, including information on vaccine shipments and distribution, can be found below. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine process specifically, visit mass.gov/covidvaccine.
Below is a summary of the most recent efforts to respond to the wide range of needs in our communities. For a summary of previously issued guidance and state restrictions related to the coronavirus epidemic, visit mass.gov/covid19. For previous updates visit carolyndykema.com/covid19.
Coronavirus Testing and Response
- Today, the state saw 1,248 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, with 551,550 total cases and 26 reported deaths as of today at 5pm.
- The average new cases over the last 7 days is 1,537, and the average number of deaths is 41.
- The 7-day weighted average positive test rate in Massachusetts is 1.8%.
- 53,839 new molecular tests for COVID-19 were reported in the Commonwealth today.
- The Department of Public Health regularly releases a daily reporting dashboard containing detailed information on hospitalizations, demographic data, and county-by-county breakdowns of cases. To view the DPH dashboard, visit here.
Heath Care (as of 3/1)
- Hospitalization: 788 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, a decrease of 39 from yesterday. The 7-day average of hospitalizations is 821.
- Hospital Capacity: 19% of the Commonwealth’s non-ICU hospital beds are available for new patients if needed (28% of statewide ICU beds are available). In the MetroWest region, 20% of the region’s non-ICU beds are available for new patients (38% of regional ICU beds are available).
- Long-term care: There are 424 long-term care facilities with at least one case of COVID-19 and 34,691 staff and residents in facilities who have tested positive for COVID-19. 8,586 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in long-term care facilities.
- For information on COVID-19 testing and guidance on whether you should get tested, how to get tested, and where to get tested, visit the COVID-19 testing portal at mass.gov/gettested.
- Last week, 215,571 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered. To date, 1,518.481 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in MA.
- Last week, 446,750 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were shipped to Massachusetts. To date, 1,973,900 doses have been shipped to MA.
- For more information, you can review the weekly COVID-19 vaccine report on this page.
- This week’s public health report contains town-by-town numbers on positive cases in each community, as well as a color-coded risk assessment for each city or town. This week’s numbers for the towns of the 8th Middlesex District can be found below, and the full weekly public health report can be found here.
- Holliston: 636 (+16 from last week); moderate risk
- Hopkinton: 657 (+9); moderate risk
- Southborough: 397 (+12); moderate risk
- Westborough: 1,278 (+28); moderate risk
- The interactive data dashboard now contains weekly information on testing and positive cases in Massachusetts-based colleges and universities, which can be found here.
- 739 new COVID-19 cases associated with higher education testing were reported last week. 12,181 total cases have been reported associated with higher education testing.
- The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education now reports student and staff positive cases reported by school districts within the last week. These reports count all positive cases among students participating in-person or hybrid learning models, and staff who have been in a school building within 7 days of a positive test. Last week’s report and reporting definitions can be found here.
- Holliston: 1 student, 0 staff
- Hopkinton: 0 students, 0 staff
- Southborough: 2 students, 0 staff
- Nboro-Sboro: 2 students, 0 staff
- Westborough: 2 students, 0 staff
- The state’s COVID-19 travel order, which requires testing or self-quarantine for all visitors and returning residents from all higher-risk U.S. states, is updated weekly based on new public health data from around the country. Information on the order can be found here and information on changes to the state risk designations can be found below.
- Lower-risk states/territories: Hawaii, Puerto Rico
- Removed last week: North Dakota
- Added last week: None
Local and State Resources
All of the towns in the 8th Middlesex District have centralized COVID-19 resource pages with resources, updates, and alerts regarding town services.
Holliston | Hopkinton | Southborough | Westborough
Job/Income Loss Resources
COVID-19 is also causing broad disruption to the economy which is affecting incomes of many residents and families. There are a number of State resources and supports available to support workers who may find themselves unemployed or otherwise income-constrained during this uncertain time.
Guide for job/income loss resources: https://carolyndykema.com/covid19-state-resources
Department of Unemployment Assistance
Department of Transitional Assistance
Information on the state of emergency and related orders can be found here.
Reopening guidance can be found at mass.gov/reopening.
Information on COVID-19 testing can be found at mass.gov/gettested.