FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham announced 15 individuals in the community have tested positive for COVID-19 cases since Monday.
Since the pandemic, there have been 245 deaths.
Active cases in the City of Framingham decreased significantly since Monday, May 24 from 1,511 to 1,281, after SOURCE questioned the City’s numbers this week. That is a 230 case drop since Monday.
On Monday, the City of Framingham reported 1.511 active coronavirus cases. Also on Monday, May 24, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reported an estimated 9,804 active cases across the entire state. If Framingham’s numbers were accurate, that means would mean 15% of all cases in Massachusetts are in the City of Framingham.
SOURCE questioned the City of Framingham’s active case number with interim Framingham Health Director Alex DePalo. Her response – “That’s a good point. I will talk with our COVID team and reach out to the state to see if there are pending cases from the past that were never updated or can be closed out on our side. Unlike the MA Dept. of Public Health or other larger health departments we do not have staff who are dedicated solely to data analysis and reporting. If there is a group of active cases that can be closed we will be sure to make a note when we release that data.”
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health defines an active case as a positive case, confirmed by a test, within the last 21 days.
Today, May 26, the City’s press release said “The City’s COVID team is working in the State’s data system to move lapsed or pending cases into the correct status.”
Even with the reduced number of 1,281 active cases reported by the City of Framingham, it still represented about 15.22% of all cases in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The state reported a total of 8416 active cases this evening, May 26
Individuals the City of Framingham is following in quarantine decreased from 540 to 500.
Framingham has had a total of 8,293 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. Framingham has about 74,500 residents.
That means more than 11% of the City has been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020.
With the new updated numbers released today, the City of Framingham is now reporting 6,767 individuals have recovered from the coronavirus.
DePalo told SOURCE “cases are moved into a Recovered status when the individual has completed isolation and is not experiencing any COVID symptoms (including fever without a fever-reducing medication). Isolation is a minimum of 10 days however it can be longer if symptoms persist or if the individual becomes severely ill. It is a case by case determination.”
As of April 19, the general public, age 16 and older became eligible for the vaccine.
The FDA & the CDC approved Pfizer’s vaccine for individuals age 12 and older last month.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is hosting a free COVID-19 testing site, run by Project Beacon.
The site is located at 123 Maple Street in a parking lot owned by Framingham State University.