80 More COVID-19 Cases & 2 More Fatalities; Framingham Totals at 515 Cases & 11 Deaths

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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham reported 80 new COVID-19 cases.

With the 80 new cases, Framingham now has 515 positive coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

The City is also reporting two more fatalities for a total of 11 since the pandemic began.

The new case count reflects many residents of long term care facilities who tested positive but with no symptom of the disease.

Of the new cases 26 are Carlyle House and 18 additional cases are now at St. Patrick’s Manor.

In the last 48 hours, the City has reported 141 new cases or a 37% increase in cases.

The City is reporting 101 individuals have recovered from the virus.

The City’s Department of Public Health and Fire Department, in collaboration with Brewster Ambulance Services, is offering emergency support services to all Framingham long term care facilities if requested.

Services include assistance to request staffing and PPE from the state, isolation and infection control technical support, emergency stop-gap staffing help, and system-wide testing of the facility.

The City is also offering a temporary hotel stay for workers who need to be isolated or quarantined as an option.

“As more long term care facilities test all of their residents and staff, regardless if they are symptomatic or not, we are going to see the number of those who test positive for COVID-19 increase, and we anticipate those higher numbers to continue for the time being,” said Dr. Sam
Wong, Director of Framingham’s Public Health Department, in a press release.

“The results of testing in the City’s long term care facilities will help inform us about those most vulnerable for serious illness upon contracting COVID-19 and allow us to best support the facilities that house them through the pandemic,” said Wong.

The City said in a press release “Framingham is home to numerous care facilities, including Bethany Healthcare Center, Branches, Brookdale, Carlyle House, Carmel Terrace, Casa de Ramana, Encompass
Health, Heritage, Oak Knoll, and St Patrick’s Manor.”

It is unclear if each of these facilities has positive cases. The City did not state that.

Yesterday, was the first day the City of Framingham publicly named a facility with cases when it said there were 42 cases at Casa de Ramana

SOURCE is aware of positive cases at other facilities not listed above, and some positive cases at some of those listed above.

SOURCE has reported on cases at Shillman House, Mary Ann Morse at Heritage, St. Patrick’s Manor, Carlyle House, Oak Knoll, and Casa de Ramana.


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