There are at least, 6,010 cases of coronavirus in Boston, and 196 people have died from the disease, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference Wednesday.
The city is still not at its peak of cases and the surge is going to continue, he said.
Walsh announced a fourth round of funding through the Boston Resiliency Fund. A distribution of an additional $1.7 million in funds will be given to at least 20 organizations that support community health centers, veterans, individuals experiencing homelessness, neighborhoods experiencing higher rates of coronavirus, and the Boston Muslim community during Ramadan, Walsh said. The money will also go towards medical equipment for frontline and essential workers.
By the numbers: The city has added over 1,000 beds to improve spacing and provide treatment in the homeless shelter system, Walsh said. Boston Hope Medical Center has treated over 290 Covid-19 patients so far, and as of yesterday, it had 169 patients; of which 97 were on the shelter side and 72 in the hospital side, he said.
Walsh said he is “upset” with President Trump’s executive order barring new immigration.
“This would do nothing to protect people from the coronavirus and certainly do nothing to protect our economy,” Walsh said. “It was a foolish policy only to distract people from the real issue at hand. Our immigrants need and deserve support.”
Walsh noted that in Boston, 46% of accommodations and food workers are foreign born. Immigrants make up 35% of Boston’s health care workers, 40% of the city’s construction workers and 41% of hospitality workers, Walsh said.
Trump said Tuesday his order will apply only to people seeking green cards, last 60 days and won't affect workers entering the country on a temporary basis.