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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

麻州正副州長匯報麻州將拿到2600萬劑新冠病毒快速檢測劑 協助民眾防疫

麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)
                   (Boston Orange 編譯) 麻州州長查理貝克 (Charlie Baker)(11)日一早表示,麻州將在未來3個月內陸續收到共2600萬份新冠病毒抗體快速檢測。

                 這些檢測劑將優先供應給幼稚園到12年級的中小學,以及托兒照顧機構。

                  查理貝克表示,在之前的節假日前,麻州政府曾發210萬劑快速檢測給102個地方市鎮,尤其是比較貧困,以及確診率高的市鎮。州政府也在寒假結束,教師們返校前,發了20萬檢測劑給他們。州政府還安排了幾家合約廠商,讓地方市鎮可以團購,以較廉宜價格取得所需檢測劑。這次州政府也將以此模式為準,希望能更廣泛的協助人們防疫。

                  查理貝克還說,麻州公共衛生聽忠告民眾,如果有症狀,或是和已確診者有近距離接觸,就應做新冠病毒檢測。他強調,在大多數情況下,快速檢測都是聚合酶連鎖反應 (PCR)”檢測的安全替代辦法。

                 查理貝克透露,當初歐洲國家政府批准了許多公司大量生產新冠病毒檢測劑時,美國卻遲遲沒有批准,以至於有很長一段時間,甚至只有一家廠商可以生產,運送新冠病毒檢測劑。現在基本上有2家,獲得批准的則有大約1015家。麻州之所以能夠拿到這麼大量的檢測劑,實在是因為麻州最早開始到處查找。

              麻州的官方新冠病毒數據圖表每天下午5點更新,今日早上的7日平均確診率是22.39%,有2923人住院。州內各醫院病床,已有92%被佔用。麻州累計死亡人數已高達20,159人。

             在記者會中,麻州州長查理貝克表示,醫護人員在過去這2年間,都以精疲力竭,亟需支援,所以他將在12月派出的500名國家衛隊人員之外,再增派500名從1月17日起前往各醫護機構支援防疫。 (更新版)


Baker-Polito Administration Secures Contract for 26 Million Rapid Antigen Tests

 

BOSTON - Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced an order was placed with iHealth to supply the state with 26 million rapid antigen tests over the next 3 months. The tests will be prioritized to support K-12 schools and childcare settings. The agreement allows for shipments of tests to arrive on a rolling basis in the Commonwealth, but the Administration warns that the timing and shipment amounts will vary depending on international shipping and production variables.

 

The Baker-Polito Administration also released a public health advisory this week to advise all residents on when to seek tests for COVID-19. The advisory advises all residents to seek COVID-19 tests when exhibiting COVID symptoms, or five days following a known close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID pursuant to MA DPH quarantine and isolation protocols, updated as of December 29 in accordance with the new CDC guidance.

 

The new isolation protocols do not require a COVID-19 test to exit isolation after having COVID. This general rule also applies to childcare and K-12.  Additional information on testing protocols for specific situations in childcare can be found here and for K-12 can be found here.

 

The new quarantine protocols recommend, but do not require, all exposed individuals get a test five days after exposure.  Exposed individuals do not need to quarantine in the following circumstances:

  • If fully vaccinated and not yet eligible to receive a booster OR
  • If fully vaccinated and have received their booster OR
  • If they had COVID and it is less than 90 days since they were diagnosed.  For more details visit here.

 

DPH advises that a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen does not need to be confirmed with a PCR test.

 

DPH recommends individuals that have COVID symptoms and test negative with a rapid antigen test should isolate and either repeat an antigen test or get a PCR test in 24-48 hours if they continue to exhibit symptoms. Additionally, DPH does not advise employers, or schools and childcare, to require a test as a condition of returning to work or school.

 

View the public health advisory here.

 

Vaccination and getting a booster remain the best possible protection against COVID. There are almost 1,000 locations in the Commonwealth for residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Visit VaxFinder.mass.gov to book an appointment.

 

Massachusetts National Guard

 

Governor Baker also today activated 500 additional members of the Massachusetts National Guard to support the state’s health care system. This order expands the National Guard activation of 500 members announced on December 21 to support non-clinical functions in the Commonwealth’s hospitals. Prioritized uses for the newly activated 500 members will be to provide additional non-clinical staffing at community hospitals and high-volume emergency departments, public hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and dialysis centers. These guard personnel will be deployed beginning the week of January 17.

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