VIDEO: Health Director Gives Update on Local COVID-19 Cases, Flu Vaccinations, Emergency Preparedness

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Video by Patty Stocker

Westford’s Health Director, Jeff Stephens, talks with WestfordCAT’s, Patty Stocker, to break down the town’s six months worth of data on COVID-19 stating that the largest number of cases in Westford is the 50 – 59 year age group with 45; the lowest is the 30 – 39 age group with 15. Stephens also explains why the daily number of active cases can rise and fall greatly in one day. “Our numbers fluctuate quite a bit,” said Stephens. “As of recent it’s been due to the fact that say, a family of 4 or a family of 5,  becomes infected. You’ll see the numbers jump from 2 from 7 in a matter of a day. That’s not indicating a wide spread outbreak in town. That is indicating somebody may have traveled and got sick some place else.

Stephens also discusses how his department is handling complaints from residents regarding COVID-19 shutdown noncompliance, the state’s mandate that all public school students receive a flu vaccination, the EEE [Eastern Equine Encephalitis] risk in the area, and emergency preparedness during a pandemic with winter weather on the way.