We’re getting there on COVID-19
Most key indicators are trending downward
THE STATE’S COVID-19 indicators trended in a positive direction on Friday, with new cases, hospitalizations, and patients in intensive care units all falling.
“We’ve seen progress and we’ll continue to see progress as long as everybody continues to do their part,” said Gov. Charlie Baker prior to the latest numbers coming out.
Baker has indicated he intends to start reopening the state’s economy on May 18 as long as the downward trend continues.
There have been a few ups and downs in the data this week, but overall most of the key indicators are heading in a good direction. The percent of all COVID-19 cases hospitalized dropped to 4 percent from 5 percent; the percentage was 10 percent as recently as April 20.
Deaths continued to rise at a fairly rapid clip, but the total of 150 on Friday was driven primarily by the 98 in long-term care facilities. Deaths in those facilities are increasingly being viewed as distinct from deaths in hospitals and elsewhere, and being addressed differently. The governor has said those institutions, where 60 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred, are unlikely to open to the public anytime soon.