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Westford COVID-19 Update: Sharp Decline in Positive Test Rate

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WESTFORD — Westford’s coronavirus cases have decreased week over week according to data published by the Department of Public Health on Thursday.

The two week case count has decreased to 28 cases, down from 40 positive cases reported on Sept. 8.

The positive test rate also decreased to 6.19%, down from 9.57% reported on Sept. 8. 95,455 tests have been administered in Westford so far, with 452 tests administered in the last two weeks.

A total of 4,938 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Westford. As of Sept. 15. As of Sept. 15, the state has reported over 1.86 million total cases of COVID-19. The state has reported 14,153 cases in the last two weeks. 7.19% of the total 218,443 tests administered, or 15,697 tests, have returned positive.

As of Sept. 15, Middlesex County has reported 3,151 positive cases in the last two week period between Aug. 28 and Sept. 10. 6.81%, or 3,436 of 50,433 total tests returned positive in the county.

In the last two weeks, Middlesex County has reported 30 confirmed and probable deaths, while the state has reported 132 confirmed and probable deaths.

As of Sept. 13, 82 of the 99 intensive care unit beds remain occupied in Northeastern Massachusetts, while 923 of the 950 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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Ben Domaingue, Managing Editor
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.