WESTFORD — Westford’s coronavirus cases have decreased slightly week over week according to data published by the Department of Public Health on Thursday.
The two week case count has decreased to 40 positive cases, down from 48 positive cases reported on Sept. 1.
The positive test rate also decreased to 9.57%, down from 12.36% reported on Sept. 1. 95,209 tests have been administered in Westford so far, with 439 tests administered in the last two weeks.
A total of 4,927 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Westford. As of Sept. 8, the state has reported over 1.85 million total cases of COVID-19. That state has reported 14,934 cases in the last two weeks. 7.57% of the 219,218 tests administered, 16,586 total tests, returned positive.
As of Sept. 8, Middlesex County has reported 3,276 positive cases in the last two week period between Aug. 21 and Sept. 3. 7.12%, or 3,615 of 50,776 total tests returned positive in the county.
In the last two weeks, Middlesex County has reported 31 new confirmed and probable deaths, while the state has reported 128 total confirmed and probable deaths.
As of Sept. 6, 79 of the 94 intensive care unit beds remain occupied in Northeastern Massachusetts, while 904 of the 939 medical and surgical beds remain occupied in the region.
State officials to distribute 3.5 million tests to communities
State officials are sending a fresh supply of rapid antigen tests and personal protective equipment to cities and towns this fall.
“Rapid tests, along with other resources like vaccines, boosters and treatments, provide residents with the tools they need to manage COVID-19,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a news release.
Since Dec. 2021, the administration has distributed over 25 million rapid antigen tests for residents and municipalities.
“Testing is one critical tool for managing COVID-19, rather than COVID managing us, and we remain committed to ensuring that all Massachusetts residents have access to free tests,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders in a news release.
She continued, “taking an at-home test is part of the steps that individuals can take – including staying up to date on vaccines, staying home when sick, and wearing masks as needed – to protect themselves and reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Municipalities can order equipment through Sept. 16.
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