FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/12/2021
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*COVID-19 UPDATE* Since Wed., January 5, 1,957 Residents have Tested Positive; City Lifts Suspension of Certain Group Activities Effective 1/14/2022 Massachusetts Department of Public Health Updates Isolation and Quarantine Periods; Health Department Distributes Demographic COVID-19 and Vaccination Data
Framingham, MA - The Mayor’s Office, Department of Public Health, and the Superintendent of Schools jointly announce that the pause on group activities will be lifted Friday, January 14, 2022 at 9:00 am because alternative measures that support a safe return in all city buildings have been developed during the last week.
Between now and Friday morning, activity organizers will be communicating new protocols to their participants and giving them time to plan ahead. Group organizers, coaches, and activity leaders will contact participants directly with detailed information.
The pause was put into place, effective January 7, 2022 at 2:00pm, in response to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases across the City. The January 5 announcement of the pause stated it would be lifted by January 21 and that the City would closely monitor whether two weeks was the appropriate duration.
“Today’s announcement is the result of a week of collaborative discussion between City and school leadership,” said Mayor Charlie Sisitsky. “We will continue working hard to move forward in the face of ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
As of today, January 12, the number of people in the City who have tested positive for COVID-19 is 14,375. Framingham currently has 3,331 active cases, with 10,719 recovered and 259 fatalities
These numbers only include confirmed cases reported through the Massachusetts data system; the Framingham Health Department does not receive the results from rapid antigen home tests. If you test positive you may not receive a letter or phone call from the Health Department Nurse at this time. Individuals are responsible for following these guidelines.
Because many City residents have been exposed through close contact with someone who tested positive, please follow the guidelines below from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to help keep yourself, your loved ones, and our community safe.
Please remember: the best defense against a severe reaction to COVID-19 is vaccination. The City continues to encourage eligible residents to get vaccinated and to get a booster shot. Find a vaccine provider near you here: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/