A Boston ER doctor warned this week that if measures are not taken immediately, Massachusetts could soon face a second wave of coronavirus and another round of arrests.
Dr Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said in a series of tweets that he was concerned about the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state.
He also labeled Governor Charlie Baker and urged him to ban indoor dining immediately. If that doesn’t happen, Faust said, cases could skyrocket and a complete arrest may be needed.
Massachusetts has reported more than 2,400 new coronavirus cases and over 80 deaths in the past five days alone.
There have now been 9,242 confirmed deaths and 129,753 cases, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. The percentage of coronavirus tests that come back positive, on average, remains at 1%, higher than the 0.8% that had been seen in recent weeks.
The state’s latest weekly data, including the updated community-level risk assessment map, shows 23 communities considered to be at highest risk for COVID-19 transmission, eight from last week.
Among the changes is Boston moving into the red zone for the first time since the state began tracking data city by city, something Mayor Marty Walsh has been preparing for since last week.
In addition to Boston, the other high-risk communities in Wednesday’s report are Attleboro, Avon, Chelsea, Dracut, Everett, Framingham, Haverhill, Holliston, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marlborough, Methuen, Middleton, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Andover, Revere, Springfield, Winthrop and Worcester.
Faust’s comments come at a time when Brigham and Women’s Hospital is dealing with its own outbreak of COVID-19. According to the hospital’s latest update, 33 employees and 12 patients tested positive in relation to a cluster at Braunwald Tower.
A group of coronaviruses, including 10 patients and staff members, has been identified at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, officials announced Thursday.