BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is heading in the right direction when it comes to new cases of Covid-19.
The city's virus positivity rate dropped to 3.4% this week, declining in almost every neighborhood.
Walsh said on Thursday that the daily number of occupied ICU beds has also fallen below the city's "threshold for concern."
"[That] means that we are protecting our hospital capacity and anyone who needs critical medical care can get critical medical care," he said.
Walsh's remarks come as the city plans to bring students in grades Pre-K through Grade 3 back to in-person classrooms starting on March 1. Students in grades 4 though 8 will return to classrooms starting on March 15.
Walsh said that despite the good news, residents still have to be high alert to protect themselves and others from Covid-19.
"We can't let our guard down now, now is not the time to stop getting tested, now is not the time to stop continuing to stay vigilant on this virus," he said.
Those measures include things like social distancing, hand-washing and mask-wearing -- as city health officials recommend wearing two surgical or homemade masks when possible.
As of Wednesday, there have been 58,020 confirmed COVID cases in Boston and 1,256 deaths.