City of Framingham Surpasses 2,000 Coronavirus Cases; 27 New COVID-19 Positive Since Friday

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FRAMINGHAM – Since Friday, the City of Framingham announced 27 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

The state has designated Framingham as a high-risk community for COVID-19 community last Wednesday.

8.0 is the mark that designates a community as high-risk.

Framingham was 8.7 last Wednesday.

Today, to end the month, Framingham is 10.1 over the last 14 days.

There have been a total of 2,006 coronavirus cases in the City of Framingham in 2020.

The good news is 1,778 individuals have recovered.

There have been 124 Framingham individuals have died from the COVID-19 or complications from the virus, since the pandemic began. The city announced a new death today, August 31.

In addition to the active cases, the Framingham Health Department currently is following 69 residents in quarantine.

Framingham Health Director Sam Wong said a majority of the new cases are on the south side of the city, thus why the two walk-up free testing sites were established there.

Wong also discussed what is causing the hot spots, including large gatherings.

There are more than 70,000 residents in the City of Framingham. So more than 2.5% of the city tested positive for the virus.

A majority of the new cases are individuals of which English is not their first language.

Only 14% of the new cases are individuals of whom English is their first language.

Not all of the information the City of Framingham has released on the coronavirus has been in a language other than English.

Framingham is home to a large Brazilian and Hispanic population, but also hope to large groups of Chinese, Russian, and other Asian populations.

Bookings study showed that those who speak another language, and those of a lower socio-economic status are hit the worst during a pandemic.

The City of Boston, a yellow community, has been offering up-to-the-minute coronavirus information in more than a dozen languages.

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The City of Lawrence, where a majority of the population is LatinX and speaks Spanish, has been offering every important notice in both English & Spanish.

If you visit the City of Framingham’s COVID-19 portal, the information is only available in English, except for a translate button, which allows for translation in dozens of languages.

The City does not directly translate all of its important COVID documents into Portuguese and Spanish, like the Framingham Public School system does.

“Navigating healthcare can feel like a maze in the best circumstances, and during this pandemic it can mean the difference between flattening the curve and creating a new hot spot of infection,” said Equal Rights Center Executive Director Kate Scott. “If LEP (limited English proficient) individuals are unable to obtain information about COVID-19 testing, we’re all at greater risk.”

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