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NATICK – There have been nine positive COVID-19 cases in the Natick Public Schools this week, including six at Natick High School, reported the district on Friday night, March 19.

This number is consistent with last week. There were nine cases last week, but only three at Natick High.

The Natick vs Framingham football game was cancelled for this weekend, due a positive COVID case at Natick High.

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Natick High has had 10 positive COVID cases in the last two weeks, compared to Framingham High, which has had 10 cases this month.

Natick High however is full hybrid model, while Framingham just began a hybrid model with cohorts A & B alternating weeks in class and remote this month.

Natick Public Schools case number is down significantly from a high of 24 cases in the school district the first week in January, after the holiday break.

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This week, the other coronavirus cases were two at Lilja Elementary and one at Bennett-Hemenway Elementary.

This week, 36 volunteers helped test more than 1,500 participants in the district’s pooled testing program, said Superintendent Anna Nolin.

Out of 162 pools, the district had “one positive pool in the district at Lilja. The individuals in that pool were notified by nursing staff and were given BinaxNow rapid antigen tests. The results of the antigen tests determined one person had an asymptomatic infection. Contact tracing was conducted, per our usual protocol,” explained Nolin in an email to parents on Friday night.

The Town of Natick is averaging 15.1 cases per day over the last two weeks per 100,000 people.

The community’s positivity rate is at 1.52%, below the state average of 2.15%.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.