Coronavirus cases in Framingham have made the city one of over a dozen communities in Massachusetts that are considered at high risk for the infectious disease.
An average daily occurrence of over eight per. 100,000 inhabitants place a community in the so-called high-risk “red zone”. Last week, the State Department of Public Health reported Framingham’s average daily incidence was 10.1 per day. 100,000 people, with 3,657 tests performed over the previous two weeks. Of these results, 116 were positive for a positivity rate of 3.17 percent.
Mayor Yvonne Spicer recently told WCVB that officials know what drives the virus.
“We’re finding out it’s the collections,”
Officials are now issuing $ 500 fines to property owners who violate Government Charlie Baker’s order for gatherings.
The measure limits outdoor gatherings to 50 people or less – or 25 percent of a facility’s maximum legal occupancy – and covers indoor gatherings of 25 people for a single enclosed space.
“Now is not the time for social gatherings other than your closest household members,” said the city’s director of public health, Dr. Sam Wong, in a statement Monday. “We need all residents to help us stop the spread of COVID-19.”
The city currently has 108 active cases, and another 75 people are in quarantine, according to officials. 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 mobilized to encourage landlords to take further steps – such as installing signage and enforcing rules – to prevent the spread of the virus.
“I do not think everyone knows how serious COVID is,” Eliana Mutz, a city resident, told the station. “I had the test done last Thursday with my family, and thank God we are negative. But I do not think many people just control themselves. ”
Mutz worked to raise awareness by arranging a tenants’ meeting on Monday. Property owners in contrast to the collection called police, reports WCVB.
Outreach volunteers over the weekend also handed out face masks and literature with information about COVID-19, according to the news station.
On Saturday, Spicer urged residents to heed the calls from public health experts.
“Stop the gatherings,” she said. “Second, put on a mask.”
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