By Tiffany Williams –
On Thursday Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito presented a new COVID-19 model produced by the Response Command Center which has been working with its Advisory Board of medical experts and epidemiologists from Harvard University, University of Guelph and Northeastern.
The latest projections estimate that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts could range from 47,000 to 172,000 (or 0.7% to 2.5% of the total population of Massachusetts). Hospitalizations would potentially peak between April 10-20.
The current fatality rate in Massachusetts is lower than other areas – it is approximately 1.5% of those infected.
The Governor’s response to the latest estimated projections is to find or build an additional 750 – 1000 beds in field medical stations like the field medical station at the DCU Center. These field medical stations are intended to reduce strain on hospitals.
Potential sites have been identified at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Joint Base Cape Cod and Springfield’s Mass Mutual Building