Two more Watertown residents have died from causes related to the Coronavirus since the Town’s first fatality was reported on Friday, April 10. On Tuesday, Massachusetts had its highest number of deaths in one day, 113.
A 66-year-old man and a 94-year-old woman are the two most recent fatalities in Watertown, Town Manager Michael Driscoll announced during Tuesday night’s Town Council Meeting.
The Town updated the number of cases were on the Watertown Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage. As of Tuesday, Watertown has 109 positive cases of the Coronavirus, and 34 people have recovered.
Town Council President Mark Sideris thanked those keeping the Town safe during the Coronavirus outbreak.
“First the first responders who are putting themselves at risk to do the job they love and chose to do, to help others,” Sideris said. “Also,heartfelt thanks for all the health care workers living and working in town that are treating the people affected by the virus.”
Driscoll noted that between his last Town Manger’s Update on COVID-19 and Tuesday’s Council meeting, the number of cases in Massachusetts went up from 18,941 to 28,163, the cases in Middlesex County went up from 4,045 to 6254, and in Watertown from 86 to 103. The number of deaths statewide went from 503 to 957.
Sideris also encouraged residents to follow social distancing guidelines.
“I remind everyone to follow guidelines and stay at home, and when you go out, wear masks and follow social distancing rules,” Sideris said. “If we do these things we may get through this sooner rather than later. Remember we are all in this together.”
To find out more about COVID-19 in Town, the Watertown Library has set up a one-stop COVID-19 resources page, see it by clicking here: watertownlib.org/covid19guide
Latest Massachusetts COVID-19 Statistics
The Mass. Department of Public Heath daily update announce that the total amount of cases statewide rose by 1,755 up to a total of 29,918. An additional 151 deaths related to the Coronavirus were reported, for a total of 1,108. The total cases in Middlesex County is now 6,681.
Many of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes. As of Wednesday, 530 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in these facilities, 222 facilities have reported cases and 4,163 residents of or workers at long-term care facilities have tested positive.
Many of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes. As of Wednesday, 530 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in these facilities, 222 facilities (about 30 percent statewide) have reported cases and 4,163 residents of or workers at long-term care facilities have tested positive. On Wednesday, Gov. Baker announced more stringent visitation and screening guidelines at Bay State long-term care facilities. Also, the facilities will receive $130 million in more funding, expanded testing and additional personal protection equipment (PPE).
The age group with the highest number of positive tests in the state is people in their 50s, followed by people in their 40s and 30s. In Massachusetts, the age rage of the positive cases are:
19 or under: 675
80 and over: 3,973