Framingham’s Covid-19 test positivity rose to 8.7% in the last 14 days, according to data released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health today. That’s considerably higher than WHO’s recommend level of 5%, an indication both that cases are rising and testing is no longer adequate to fully understand actual infection levels. The city’s rate last week was 7.4%
Known cases per 100,000 population jumped to 80.6. That’s 10 times the Baker administration’s original metric for high-risk, red-zone communities. (For cities larger than 50,000, the new level is at least 10 cases per 100K and positivity over 5%. Framingham blew past the new number weeks ago.)
Total number of known cases in the past 14 days rose 27%, to 840. Number of tests administered only rose by 11%. In other words, total cases rose at more than double the rate that testing did.
The state averaged 65.1 known new cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days with a test positivity rate of 6.01%. 187 communities are now in deemed high-risk red under the revised, more stringent Covid-19 risk color scale: