FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham reported 7 new COVID deaths, and 701 new coronavirus cases in the last 7 days.
Last week, the City of Framingham reported 1,452 new COVID cases over the last 7 days. The week before the number was 1,957 cases.
There are now, 5,255 active cases in the City of Framingham, which is roughly 7.25% of the City’s population.
On January 26, the City of Framingham reported 4,674 active cases.
“While the number of positive PCR test results dropped to 701 among Framingham, thousands of rapid antigen tests administered in private homes were not reported and are therefore not included in the city’s total confirmed cases, which now total 16,596,” said the City in a press release.
On January 26, the City reported 15,827 residents have tested positive for the virus, since the pandemic began, which was about 20% of the City’s population.
In the last 14 days, PCR tests administered to children aged 0-19 posted positive results at twice the rate as other age groups, said the City.
Since the pandemic began in early 2020, there have now been 270 deaths.
“While a number of indicators suggest that the surge of the Omicron variant is abating, an indoor mask mandate remains in effect,” said City of Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky.
“Like all communities in our Commonwealth, we are heartened to see indications that the surge may have peaked. However, my goal is to have the Omicron threat shrink as quickly as possible. Wearing of masks are key to that goal,” said the Mayor.
Last Wednesday, January 19, a joint order of the Mayor and the Board of Health went into effect, which required masks for all in public indoor spaces.
The Health Department does not receive the results from rapid antigen home tests. “If you test positive you may not receive a letter or phone call from the Health Department Nurse at this time. Follow the isolation and quarantine guidelines here: https://www.framinghamma.gov/290/Public-Health,” said the City in its press release.
The Framingham Office of Public Health Nursing hours are:
- Monday – Thursday 1-4 pm: Rapid Antigen Testing. Appointments required 508-532-5667 Framingham Residents Only. Please note: The Public Health Nursing Office does not have any home test kits to distribute at this time.
- Monday – Thursday 4-7pm: COVID vaccinations, childhood and adult vaccinations, lead screening, TB testing (TB Testing Monday and Tuesday only
Mayor Sisitsky will address ongoing efforts to stem the COVID pandemic in his State of the City address on Monday, January 31 at 7 p.m. It will be aired on the Framingham Government Channel and on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/CityofFramingham)