Gov. Baker: Coronavirus Testing In Massachusetts Making ‘Important Progress’ – CBS Boston


BOSTON (CBS) — Gov. Charlie Baker stated the state’s skill to check for coronavirus has grown over the previous few days and can proceed doing so. He reminded residents that as testing will increase, so will the variety of optimistic instances.

“We have now made some vital progress this week. Over the previous two days, the variety of checks accomplished in a day in Massachusetts has practically doubled from 520 on Wednesday to 962 yesterday. That represents about an 85 p.c improve within the variety of accomplished checks,” Baker stated Saturday.

Testing capability in state labs has additionally elevated: the flexibility to conduct just below 700 checks on Wednesday has gone as much as 1,144 on Friday — “a rise in capability of virtually 65 p.c for a testing capability over a 48-hour interval,” Baker stated.

He later added, “The difficulty right here is to get testing to the purpose we talked about earlier within the week, the place we’re doing what we might consider as the identical stage of testing you see each single day in different international locations the place the mixture of testing and chasing — testing, isolation, tracing — that’s the place we have to get to. In most of these international locations, the way in which they bend the curve, was they bent the curve by testing sufficient quick sufficient to have the ability to catch as much as the expansion in new instances after which doing the tracing work and isolating everyone. That’s the place we’ve to get.”

The Waltham AFC Pressing Care location has turn out to be the state’s first non-public drive-through pressing care. The CVS in Shrewsbury is considered one of 40 CVS Pharmacies throughout the nation that may even maintain drive-through testing.

As of Friday afternoon, there have been 525 cases of coronavirus within the state with over 5,207 folks examined.

Baker additionally introduced beginning Monday, about 300 selected daycare sites will reopen as emergency drop-in childcare providers. “We all know that little one care is an particularly important piece of emergency service and that enables our front-line employees to proceed their battle towards COVID-19 and to proceed their work.”

He stated the “childcare is supposed to be for many who should report back to work,” reminiscent of first responders and grocery retailer employees.

When requested about the opportunity of a shelter in place, Baker echoed his statements from the previous few days that Massachusetts wouldn’t be doing so in an effort to comply with different states. “What we stated all alongside is that we are going to make choices based mostly on information and steering that we get from public well being consultants, from state and federal authorities and based mostly on the info as we perceive them on the bottom right here within the Commonwealth.”

He additionally stated, “Simply to be clear you may nonetheless in all these different locations which have issued orders like that go to the grocery retailer, you may nonetheless go to the pharmacy, you may nonetheless go for a stroll. In none of these locations is the basic place of presidency, state or native, that folks ought to spend all of their time inside.”

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