With the end of the Christmas celebrations and the start of preparations for New Year’s Eve, new restrictions have come into effect in Massachusetts, aimed at curbing a new peak of holiday-related COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, said there is widespread concern that this will happen again after the holiday at the end of the year.
He told NBC10 Boston: “I am very, very worried. In the next few weeks, in addition to the surge of new infections, we will see a huge new trend.”
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But when will evidence of this surge appear? Thanksgiving has inspired new restrictions and may be inspiring.
The Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, said at a press conference a week before Christmas: “There is no doubt that the informal gatherings held around Thanksgiving have a great impact on our test rate and also have a great impact on hospitalization. “Thanksgiving makes us shrink.”
After the holiday in Massachusetts, the number of cases rose, although the number of travellers around Thanksgiving reportedly decreased compared to typical years. It’s just not right away.
In the first few days after Thursday, November 26, the number of cases remained relatively low. According to data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, Massachusetts confirmed about 2,400 newly confirmed coronavirus cases every day.
Medical experts across the country and in Massachusetts are increasingly worried that we may soon see a surge in the number of COVID cases after Thanksgiving, and thus a surge in the scope of the surge.
As the daily average number of cases rose sharply, the surge occurred in the next week. Beginning on Monday, November 30, newly reported cases rose by 10% or more for four consecutive days, and finally increased by 20% from December 2 to December 3. As of December 4, the average number of reported cases per day had reached 4,300, almost twice the number reported the day after Thanksgiving.
At the same time, the state’s average COVID-19 test positive rate began to rise. After prices stayed between 3% and 3.3% in the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, this number has started to rise on November 24. But 10 days later, on December 4, the average interest rate reached 6% for the first time since June 1. .
Baker said earlier this month that he urged the Bay State government to skip holiday celebrations, “We really can’t make them the kind of important events since Thanksgiving in Massachusetts.”
When the governor announced the new rules on Tuesday, it triggered a surge after Thanksgiving.
He said that seven days after Thanksgiving, “we saw a big change in the positive situation.” The number of emergency beds in the hospital rose from 67% around the holiday to 83% in approximately three weeks around Thanksgiving on December 15 Peak.
Governor Charlie Baker announced new restrictions on Massachusetts residents to prevent another surge in the coronavirus, including reducing the capacity of most industries to 25% and reducing indoor gatherings to a maximum of 10 people.
The new regulations came into effect on Saturday and are expected to last for at least two weeks, thereby reducing the occupancy rate of all industries including restaurants, places of worship, fitness centers and retail stores to 25%.
Indoor parties and events can only accommodate up to 10 people, while any outdoor parties and events can only accommodate up to 25 people. Workers and staff are not included in the number of occupants of the event, but restrictions apply to private residences, event venues and public places.
Baker waited until this round of restrictions began and did not allow religious celebrations to continue until after Christmas, including many Christians personally attending traditional masses. He hoped that people would continue to celebrate safely.
If the increase after Christmas is similar to the increase after Thanksgiving, the number of cases may rise sharply on Monday or Tuesday.
Governor Charlie Baker hinted that more restrictions may appear to minimize the impact of another sharp rise because he appealed to residents to stay at home for holiday.
Baker said that the New Year is also part of it, because the new restrictions also apply to the holiday and the week between Christmas and Christmas. Many schools are closed on Christmas Day and families traditionally visit each other.
Jha said that he hopes that a few days after the end of the holiday period, that is, starting on January 4 or 5, this increase will be obvious. He said it may take five to seven days for the wave to become apparent.
Jaha said: “It will take some time for people to be infected, develop symptoms, get checked and report data.”
There may be no new craze in Massachusetts, but travel shows that people have been visiting family and friends during the holidays, despite warnings from experts and officials.
Although the airport seems to be much emptier than usual during the holidays, many people continue to travel despite advice.
Queues were seen at the ticket office of Boston Logan International Airport on Monday morning. Traffic through the pandemic has been greatly reduced. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration reported that 1.3 million people passed its checkpoint on Sunday, which is since March. The single day is the most.
Jaha added: “For me, many people are tired of staying at home, and I understand this. The problem is that we are in the worst phase of the pandemic.”