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Posted on: January 29, 2021

COVID-19 Update, Friday, January 29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/29/2021

For further information, contact:
Kelly McFalls
kmcfalls@framinghamma.gov
Tel (508) 532-5437
M (774) 285-1315

 

*COVID-19 UPDATE*
Since Wednesday, 67 Residents have Tested Positive, and 41 More have Recovered from COVID-19; 
City Confirms it has Secured 300 Doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and Plans to Hold a Vaccine Clinic Saturday, February 6, (9 a.m.- 1 p.m.) at Keefe Technical High School; 
New Resource: City Creates Guide to help People Navigate State’s New Vaccine Portal; 
Community Hour Tuesday, February 2, at 5 p.m., Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine 

  • Since Wednesday, 67 residents have tested positive, and 41 more have recovered from COVID-19: The number of people in the City who have tested positive for COVID-19 is 6,205. With 4,757 recovered and 203 fatalities, Framingham currently has 1,245 active cases. The Framingham Health Department contacts the people who were potentially exposed and the owners of the businesses or places of employment where the potential exposures occurred to inform and counsel them on next steps (contact tracing). In addition to the active cases, the Health Department is following 582 residents in quarantine. 
  • Late Thursday, the City confirmed it had Secured 300 Doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Framingham Residents 75 years of age and older and immediately began planning for a vaccination clinic Saturday, February 6, (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) at Keefe Vocational Technical High School, 750 Winter Street, Framingham, MA 01702While City was setting up the clinic on the State’s website, late Thursday night, individuals who were viewing available clinics, were able to register for the Framingham clinic. Because this is a new system, it was unclear that the appointments would appear live as the City added to the site. At this time, all appointments have been secured. All registrants are reviewed to ensure they are eligible - 75 and older and reside in Framingham. The City will continue to host ongoing clinics as vaccines are available.

    Weekly, municipalities can request vaccines from the State (100-300 doses a week). For the February 6 clinic, the City will vaccinate 300 residents who live in the City of Framingham, who are age 75 years or older regardless of immigration status. Pre-registration for this vaccination clinic is required. At this time, all appointment slots have been secured.

    INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Bring a government-issued form of identification.
  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes before your appointment.
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times.
  • PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING BEFORE THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT. We will not be able to admit patients early. Please follow the signage for entry.
  • Wear clothing that allows ease of access to the upper arm.  
  • Expect to be at the vaccination site for about 30 minutes— from the time you check-in until your post-shot observation period ends. This includes a mandatory 15-30 minute wait after you have been vaccinated.

Please do not show up at the clinic unless you have a confirmed appointment. Every Friday, the City will provide details regarding the next clinic and the number of doses received from the State.

Vaccination is free whether you have insurance or not. If you do have insurance, please bring that information with you.

  • New Resource: City creates a guide to help people navigate State’s new vaccine portal: View the guide here. Spanish and Portuguese translations will be available next week.

  • Community Hour Tuesday, February 2, at 5 p.m., Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine: Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer will be joined by Interim Health Department Director Alexandra DePalo to discuss getting the COVID-19 vaccination. Attendees will be able to pose questions during the hour via Zoom's Chat function. If people cannot attend and have questions, please email kmcfalls@framinghamma.gov with the subject line: February 2 Community Hour. Click here for information on how to join. A video recording of the Zoom will be available following for those who cannot attend.

  • COVID-19 in Framingham: Information on COVID-19 in Framingham can be found here. To receive information from the City on a mobile device, text "Join FraminghamMA" to 30890. Residents also can find updates on Facebook and Twitter - @Framingham_MA. For questions regarding COVID-19 in Framingham, please call the City's informational line at (508) 532-5411, Mon-Fri., 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. If there is an urgent update, the City will employ the "Alert Framingham" phone messaging system, otherwise known as Rave. To sign up for the City's Rave system, please go here: https://www.smart911.com/

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