Framingham’s rate of known new Covid-19 cases over the last 14 days was the highest it’s been since late January, according to data released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The city averaged 47.5 cases per 100,000 population in the most recent 14-day period, up from 31 in the same period a week ago.
The lone good news in this data is that number of tests administered in the period also rose, although not as much as cases did. Cases soared 53% from the previous week; number of tests rose 25%.
However, test positivity hit 4.69%, also the highest it’s been since January.
For those who believe number of cases isn’t important and it’s only hospitalizations and deaths that matter, I’ll let molecular medicine professor and National Academy of Medicine member Eric Topol address that:
Don't tell me "cases are irrelevant"— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) November 24, 2021
That means you don't understand:
—Cases beget cases. People getting sick. Surges.
—Cases beget #LongCovid
—Cases beget hospitalizations & deaths
—Cases drive🦠evolution and the pandemic
—That you have no idea what your are posting about
85.3% of city residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 74.3% fit the current definition of “fully vaccinated” – one dose of a J&J or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna. However, with data showing limited protection against Omicron with just two mRna doses and even less with one J&J dose, the key metric ought to be how may have received boosters. The DPH does not break down booster data by community.