The measure. Medical Society urges caution as cases rise


The Massachusetts Medical Society says people should mask when gathering indoors or in large groups.

Cases and hospitalizations have risen in Massachusetts. NIAID RML over AP

The Massachusetts Medical Society is urging residents to exercise caution and take preventive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 as cases continue to rise in the state.

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

“Despite the warmer weather and our shared hope for some sort of respite, it’s important to recognize that COVID-19 is still with us, and we must continue to use the tried-and-tested public health measures and tools at our disposal to bring about a prevent infection and the spread of disease,” said Dr. Carole Allen, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, in a statement Monday.

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

Those numbers are significantly higher than the mid-March lows, when the weekly average new cases were about 700 cases per day, the weekly average test positivity rate was about 1.6%, and the weekly average for hospitalizations was about 220.

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

“It’s impossible to predict if case numbers will continue to rise, but we know there are actions we can all take to minimize the impact of COVID-19,” she said.

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

Allen also advises that people at high risk of serious illnesses related to COVID-19 limit their exposure to others and that everyone wear a mask when gathering indoors or in large groups.

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

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

“Massachusetts physicians want everyone to have a healthy summer, which means taking these extra steps to protect individual health and the health of others,” she said. The measure. Medical Society urges caution as cases rise

Rick Schindler

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