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ASHLAND – Ashland Public Schools reported 195 COVID cases in the school district between December 23, 2021 and January 5, 2022

The district reported 164 positive students and 31 positive staff to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

The previous week, Ashland Public Schools only report 18 total cases, of which 17 were students.

Going from 18 to 196 cases is more than a 900% increase in cases in the district.

Students were on holiday break until Monday, January 3, 2022

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In the last 14 days, the Town of Ashland reported 389 new COVID cases, according to Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The rate of positivity over the last 14 days increased from 4.59% to 11.34%

Ashland to deal with this surge in cases has decided to limit access to municipal building, including Town Hall, the Community Center, and the Library.

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, there has been more than 2,000 COVID cases – 2,468 to be exact.

Neighboring Framingham has had a surge of COVID cases since Thanksgiving. It has 12,320 cases since the pandemic began.

The Mayor and the Superintendent of Schools announced a 2-week pause on indoor group activities in the City starting today. That means Loring Arena is closed.

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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.