FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham announced 5 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases since 177.
There have been 5 fatalities in the City, according to the Mayor’s office.
No other information was released by the City. The City has not released the age of the individuals who have died, if they were hospitalized, or if they had a pre-existing conditions. The state does release this information, but by county not by municipality.
The City said 21 individuals have recovered from the coronavirus.
The City says it has 151 active cases.
Framingham has the most cases in MetroWest.
Framingham has a population of about 70,000. It is unknown how many Framingham residents have been tested.
The City said via its spokesperson it does not have “Framingham-specific information on how many of our residents are being tested. The state receive statewide information from all testing labs on the number of tests conducted each day. We, nor any individual community, receive community-specific information from any testing lab.”
The City is not releasing any “contact tracing” information to the public, that includes nursing homes, senior facilities, supermarkets, etc.
AARP Massachusetts sent a letter to the Massachusetts Governor seeking the names of senior facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases made public.
“We urge Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health to release publicly the names of nursing facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases,” wrote AARP Massachusetts on behalf of its 775,000 AARP members in Massachusetts.
“Contrary to concerns that such disclosures would violate a patient’s health privacy, we do not believe HIPAA precludes a state health agency from releasing the names of facilities because a facility is not a covered entity as defined by federal law. We believe transparency and notice to the public is critical for public health,” wrote AARP Massachusetts.
“Moreover, caregivers and family members need and deserve to have this information for their own health decisions and as they consider possible next steps and interventions for their loved ones,” wrote AARP Massachusetts.
SOURCE posted about all four positive cases, but the information originally came from residents & employees, and confirmed by the owners, and not from the City of Framingham nor the Commonwealth. The City of Framingham has refused to release this information.