Covid-19 cluster being monitored at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, officials say

Boston — A recent outbreak of Covid-19 among staff and patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has officials monitoring those cases closely, the hospital announced Saturday.

Universal masking has been implemented on the affected unit, hospital officials said in a statement.

“BIDMC recently detected a cluster of COVID-19 cases among staff and patients. We promptly isolated the patients and thereafter initiated universal masking on the affected unit in accordance with infection control protocols,” the statement said. “We continue to closely monitor this situation and will adjust this plan going forward as needed, and have reported the cluster to the Department of Public Health and Boston Public Health Commission.”

Major hospitals lifted their mask mandates in May after the end of the Covid-19 health emergency.

That lifting came after the federal and state public health emergency for COVID-19 ended on May 11.

In April, a group of local doctors called on Gov. Maura Healey to keep the mandatory mask requirements in place.

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