2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程City officials said as of Monday, 76 people from Brockton have died with coronavirus, spiking by 26 deaths over the weekend, with a total of 1,617 who have tested positive for the virus thus far.
2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程BROCKTON – The coronavirus claimed 28 more lives over the weekend in Brockton, one of the Massachusetts cities that's been hardest hit by the pandemic, causing some public officials to wonder what more can be done to prevent the spread of the virus.
2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程City officials said on Monday that a total of 76 Brockton residents died as a result of the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. That's an increase from the 48 deaths reported on Thursday afternoon in Brockton, following 28 more deaths reported to the city over the weekend. The city confirmed its first two deaths as a result of the coronavirus on April 2, but the death count has been rising quickly recently, more than doubling in the past week.We can deliver news just like this directly to your inbox. You can sign up for This Just In (a daily 7:30 p.m. newsletter with items we've posted that day), News Alerts (so you don't miss anything important) and more. It's customized to your preferences -- and it'll only take a few seconds.
2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程Many of those coronavirus-related deaths have occurred in nursing homes around the city, said Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan, who felt discouraged by the latest figures. Sullivan said the increase in deaths was evident in The Enterprise print edition, which ran three pages on Sunday filled with obituaries, including several that mentioned COVID-19 as a cause of death.
"It's such a sad, sad situation," said Sullivan, reached by phone on Monday. "It seems like it's really hitting the seniors and elder population. My prayers and thoughts go out to the departed and their loved ones. It's really concerning. I know that the providers are really working with the healthcare officials and the Department of Public Health. Everyone is trying to combat this horrible virus. It is spreading like wildfire."
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2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程Councilor-at-large Rita Mendes said she's been shocked in the past few days after getting daily coronavirus updates from City Hall.
2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程"We're just losing way too many people," said Mendes, reached on Monday. "We've been hit hard. It's very scary, to tell you the truth, to know that this many people are getting infected."
2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程In total, 1,617 people in Brockton have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the latest figures provided on Monday by the city, which had its first confirmed case on March 15 when Mayor Robert Sullivan enacted a local state of emergency in response to the pandemic. Currently, there are 1,084 people in Brockton who are actively carrying the coronavirus, according to the Board of Health.
The Department of Public Health recently released coronavirus case figures on a community level, showing that Brockton had a higher rate of infection than any other community in Massachusetts except for Chelsea.
2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程"Everyday I get the report, the number keeps rising," Mendes said. "You feel powerless. We don't know what we can do to prevent that from happening. I see the mayor's office is trying very hard. They're trying everything they can. It seems not to be enough at this point."
Mendes said she fears that many people haven't taken public health guidelines seriously as state, local and federal governments work to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Part of the problem may be cultural, Mendes said, as many of the city's immigrant populations are from tight-knit subsections of the community, with extended families who like to gather and visit sick relatives.
Mendes, who is Brazilian American, and speaks Portuguese and Spanish, said she and other multi-lingual city councilors are making a video with Mayor Robert Sullivan on Monday to share a message aimed at the various immigrant communities in Brockton who use other languages besides English. The video will stress the importance of continue to practice social distancing during this time, along with other public health measures, as the city remains in a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Mendes said.
"I think possibly people aren't taking it seriously as they should," Mendes said. "People are staying at home, but they like to hold small social parties. People are visiting whoever is sick. I don't think they're getting how serious it is when it comes to keeping a distance. This is very hard culturally to grasp. It's unacceptable. We have to spread the message and let people know."
2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程The councilor-at-large also said she has noticed people bunching up outside while waiting in lines, ignoring the six-foot rule of social distancing, when waiting to get into Market Basket and other grocery stores that limit the amount of people who can go inside at one time.
"It kind of misses the whole point," Mendes said.
Sullivan said the city is going to be collaborating with Partners in Health to ramp up local contact tracing efforts, and he'll continue to take other actions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus, such as the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew he enacted last week. At the same time, Sullivan said he can relate to people who are getting frustrated and stir crazy over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which led the government to close schools and keep workers at home who are not providing services that have been deemed essential.
"I'm frustrated," the Brockton mayor said. "I know my three young children and wife are. But it's a new normal we have to deal with right now to get through this pandemic. We're not there yet. We're not out of the woods. We have to be patient, diligent and proactive. ... Some people were upset about the curfew. Quite honestly, I'm just trying to save lives and make a difference for the people I serve."