City of Framingham Says It Does Not Have Data on COVID Cases By District/Neighborhood

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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is 12th in the state for coronavirus cases out of 351 communities. As of last Wednesday, Framingham has the 6th highest rate of infection for COVID-19 in the state at 3.46%. Over the last 14 days, the City has seen an average of 10.9 cases of the virus per day. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will release new data on Framingham and its high-risk status Wednesday night, September 9.

Health Director Sam Wong has said the walk-up free testing sites were placed in areas of the City were the City is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases. The walk-up free testing sites are at Amazing Things on Route 126 and at SMOC headquarters on Bishop Street, both in downtown Framingham.

But the City of Framingham told SOURCE today, September 8, it does not have data on the number of cases in the City per district.

The online news media outlet requested on August 31 through a Freedom of Information Request information on cases per the City’s 9 districts or neighborhoods.

The City said today, September 8, it does not have that data.

The City nurses via contract tracing has an address for each of the more than 2,000 COVID cases in the City of Framingham. The news outlet was not seeking that information, as to protect the privacy of individuals, but was seeking data on where clusters of cases were occuring.

The City refused to release any data on locations of cases.

More than 75% of the new cases in the last 2 weeks, have been individuals for whom English is not their first language.

Wong said the City’s health nurses, in conjunction with school nurses, has been conducting contact tracing of all the cases, and has also determined that large gatherings are contributing to the increase in cases.

The City of Framingham said on Friday, September 4, entering Labor day, it has 94 active cases.

Last week, the City of Framingham went from 69 residents in on Monday in quarantine to 95 on Wednesday to 166 on Friday.

Since the pandemic began, 125 individuals have died and 2,031 have had the virus.

Framingham has a population of more than 70,000.

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