BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker provided an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak Wednesday.
Prior to the large protests and marches, testing was already being ramped up in minority communities and the Governor said those efforts won’t stop until we get a better grasp on this virus.
In partnership with community health centers, the state has expanded the number of places that people living in densely populated areas can get tested. And now that many of the residents in those communities are using their voices to speak out against racial oppression, the state is still standing behind them to make sure their health remains a priority.
What public health officials are worried about is contact tracing.
“Close contact is close contact, which means being very close to somebody for at least 15 minutes, many cases a lot more than that and that’s typically where contact tracers start but sure. I mean, as I said, big gatherings like that come with significant risks.”Governor Baker
The Governor did applaud demonstrators for wearing masks and being diligent hygiene. He said that will help to prevent the spread.
The Department of Public Health reported that there are now 101,163 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 7,085 deaths as of Tuesday.