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The Mass.  Medical Society urges caution as cases rise


The Massachusetts Medical Society says people should wear masks if they gather indoors or in large groups.

Cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Massachusetts. NIAID-RML via AP

The Massachusetts Medical Society is urging residents to be careful and use preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 as cases in the state continue to rise.

Cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rates have been steadily increasing in Massachusetts since late March.

“Despite the warmer weather and our collective hope for some reprieve, it is important to recognize that COVID-19 is still with us, and we must continue to use the proven public health measures and tools available to us to prevent COVID-19. ‘infection. and the spread of the disease,” said Dr. Carole Allen, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society, in a statement Monday.

The weekly average new cases reached about 3,320 cases per day, while the weekly average test positivity rate reached about 8.5%, and the weekly average of COVID-related hospitalizations reached 707.

These figures are up significantly from lows in mid-March, when the average weekly new cases were around 700 cases per day, the average weekly test positivity rate was around 1.6% and the average weekly hospitalizations was about 220.

Allen said in the statement that the increase in cases is fueled by the omicron BA.2 subvariant, as well as the BA.2.12.1 subvariant.

“It’s impossible to predict whether the number of cases will continue to rise, but we know there are steps we can all take to minimize the impact of COVID-19,” she said.

Allen recommends everyone get vaccinated and boosted because they “remain our best defense” against COVID-19.

Allen also advises that people at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 limit their exposure to others and that everyone wear a mask if congregating indoors or in large groups.

“We know this can be a tough decision to make when planning graduations, parties, vacations and other seasonal events,” she said.

Testing for COVID-19 is still extremely important, Allen said, especially if you know you’ve been exposed to the virus. She said people who test positive should report their results to their healthcare provider so they can access treatments, such as the effective antiviral drug Paxlovid.

“Massachusetts doctors want everyone to have a healthy summer, which means taking those extra steps to protect individual health and the health of others,” she said.


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