Coronavirus cases in Framingham have made the city one of more than a dozen communities in Massachusetts considering high risk of infectious disease.
An average daily occurrence of more than eight per 100,000 inhabitants puts a community in the so-called high-risk “red zone”. Last week, the Department of Public Health reported that Framingham had an average daily incidence rate of one per 100,000 people, with 3,657 tested in the last two weeks. Of those results, 116 were positive for a positivity rate of 3.17 percent.
Mayor Yvonne Spicer told WCVB recently that officials know what the virus is.
“We are finding that this is the gathering,” Spicer said. “These are the parties: graduation parties, picnics and backyard barbecues. That’s where the (positive cases) are coming from.”
Officials are now issuing $ 500 fines to property owners who violate Charlie Baker’s orders to the government.
The measure limits the number of outdoor people to 50 people or less – or 25 percent of a facility’s maximum legal occupancy – and indoor gatherings at 25 people for a single enclosed space.
Public Health Minister Dr. “Now is not the time for any social gathering other than the members of your household,” Sam Wong said in a statement on Monday. “We need every resident to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
According to officials, there are currently 108 active cases in the city, and another 75 are in quarantine. As of Monday, Framingham has seen 2,123 cases, with 1,884 recoveries and 131 deaths.
According to the WCVB, residents in some areas of the city have called on landlords to take further steps to help prevent the virus from spreading – such as installing signage and enforcing regulations.
“I don’t think everyone knows how serious COVID is,” said city resident Eliana Mutz. “I tested with my family last Thursday, and thank God we’re negative. But I don’t think many people just do their tests.”
Mutz worked to raise awareness by holding a tenant meeting on Monday. The property owners opposed the gathering called the police, the WCVB report.
According to the news station, outreach volunteers also provided face masks and literature along with information about COVID-19 over the weekend.
On Saturday, Spicer urged residents to heed the call of public health experts.
“Stop the meetings,” he said. “Secondly, put on a mask.”
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