Ashland’s COVID Positivity Rate Increases from 11.3 to 18.7%; 157 COVID Cases in Schools

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ASHLAND – Ashland Public Schools reported 157 COVID cases in the school district between December 23, 2021 and January 5, 2022

The district reported 148 positive students and 9 positive staff to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Both numbers are a decrease from the previous week.

The previous week, Ashland Public Schools reported a total of 195 cases.

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

In the last 14 days, the Town of Ashland reported 691 new COVID cases, according to Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The rate of positivity over the last 14 days increased from 11.34% to 18.67%

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 – 2,834 to be exact.

Ashland has not called for a mask mandate.

The Mayor in Framingham ordered a mask mandate for indoor public spaces on Friday. It starts January 19.

Marlborough Board of Health called for a mask mandate. It starts January 21.

Natick Board of Health voted for a mask mandate on January 21. It starts Monday, January 17.

The Town of Sudbury has had a mask mandate since before the holidays.

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