Framingham Health Director on COVID: ‘We Are Facing An Incoming Tide That Will Be Very Difficult To Stop’

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FRAMINGHAM – Over the weekend, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reported “more than 6,000 new cases,” said Framingham Health Director sam Wong.

Gov. Charlie Baker has said the Commonwealth is in a second surge of the coronavirus.

On Monday, the City of Framingham reported 80 new cases since Friday, and on Wednesday reported 34 new cases since Monday.

Since Halloween weekend, the City of Framingham has reported 220 new cases. The city surpassed, 2,800 cases since the pandemic today., November 11.

For 9 consecutive weeks Framingham had been a high-risk or red community according to the state’s metrics. But on Friday, November 6, the state changed its metrics, and the City of Framingham was downgraded to a yellow community.

That designation is deceiving as Framingham went from 11 cases per day on November 1 to to 15.6 cases per day per 100,000 residents on November 6.

And on Monday, the City of Framingham said it was averaging more than 20 cases per day per 100,000 residents.

“We are facing an incoming tide that will be very difficult to stop,” said Health Director Dr. Wong to SOURCE.

When asked about the 80 new cases since Friday, Dr. Wong told the news media outlet. “We are still investigating the new cases.  From what I know, we have not associated the new cases with one big party or gathering.”

Dr. Wong told SOURCE “We continue to see the entire family getting tested together and the results are positive for everyone in the household (71 cases from 26 households within the past 14 days).”

Within the 80 cases, “we have a few small clusters: a group home (6 cases) and FSU (6 cases) for example.  While we continue to see the majority of cases from residents residing in multi-unit buildings, we are also seeing a trend that more cases are happening in households living in single-family houses,” said the City’s health director to the digital media outlet.

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