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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham today, October 20, announced 71 new COVID-19 cases since last week.

Last week, the City reported 44 new cases.

The City of Framingham said it now has 150 active cases down from 186 active cases last week.

The Health Director told the Framingham Board of Health last month, the increase in new cases is due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Framingham has had a total of 9,059 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. Framingham has about 74,500 residents. (Note: the official census has the City at less than 72,500 residents). That means more than 12% of the City has been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

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The City did not announce how many individuals in quarantine.

The City of Framingham is now reporting 8,651 individuals have recovered from the coronavirus.

Framingham Health Director Alex 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.”

Since the pandemic, began 253 individuals have died from COVID-19 in the City of Framingham. The latest death was announced today, October 20.

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As of April 19, the general public, age 16 and older became eligible for the vaccine. The FDA & the CDC have approved Pfizer’s vaccine for individuals age 12 and older.

The City of Framingham announced it has administered 6,182 vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson) under the Equity Initiative, that is an increase of 49 vaccines in the last 7 days.

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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.