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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools reported 35 new COVID cases on Tuesday, Decemeber 21, down from 38 cases on Monday.

There have been 73 new cases this week.

More than 50% of the cases have been at Framingham High. There were 19 cases on Monday reported and 19 cases again reported on Tuesday.

It is unknown if the cases at Framingham high are all students, staff, or a combination of both. The district does not separate that number.

The district said it was seeing a “surge” in cases since the Thanksgiving break.

There have been 136 new cases of COVID at Framingham High since the Thanksgiving break, and 360 total cases in the district since November 28.

Since the start of the school year, there have now been more than 500 COVID cases – 543 cases to be exact.

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Besides the 19 cases at Framingham High, there were 3 cases at Stapleton Elementary and 3 cases at Potter Road Elementary.

The district closed 2 classroom at Stapleton Elementary today until after the holiday break.

There were two cases each reported at King Elementary and Walsh Middle School.

There was one case reported at Farley administration building. At least one School Committee member has been diagnosed with COVID.

There was one case reported at the following schools: McCarthy Elementary, BLOCKS preschool, Hemenway, Harmony Grove, and Fuller Middle

Framingham High has had the most cases of any school at 166 cases, of which 136 have been in the last 3 weeks.

There are more than 2,500 students at Framingham High School plus staff.

Harmony Grove is second with 42 cases and Barbieri third with 38 cases.

The Farley Administration Building has reported a total 17 cases this 2021-2022 school year

The district has its winter break this week, with Christmas on the 25th.

The public school district has said due to the surge, they are struggling with other issues related to the coronavirus.

“At this point in time we are significantly delayed in our ability to contact trace due to the surge we are experiencing as a district. This is not unique to Framingham; other urban districts are experiencing similar surges,” said the Framingham Public Schools COVID team.

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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.