Framingham’s rate of daily known new Covid-19 cases hit 77.2 per 100,000 – the highest it’s been in more than a year. That’s according to data released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the most recent 14-day period.
And yet that’s still below the state-wide average of 83 per 100K.
The number of tests administered to city residents in the most recent period was a bit higher than during last December’s peak, but not by that much.
Test positivity rose again to 7.5% vs 6% last week.
Almost 75% of city residents are now “fully vaccinated”, but that’s still defined as two mRNA doses or one J&J. Many experts say an additional “booster” dose is important to fend off the latest Omicron variant. Only 28.4% of city residents have received the booster, according to Massachusetts DPH data. That’s up from 26.2% last week, which was the first time the state included booster data in its municipal vaccination report.
MWRA Wastewater Tests
MWRA wastewater tests for Covid-19 virus traces are showing a large increase. Such tests are considered a good leading indicator of future Covid-19 cases because people often shed virus before knowing they’re infected. In addition, these samples don’t depend on how many tests have been administered to individuals.
Framingham is one of about 20 communities in the MWRA South region. (You can click the legend on the graph below to turn lines off and on.)