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Westford COVID-19 Update: Officials Urge COVID-19, Flu Vaccinations

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

Between Nov. 27 and Dec. 10, 44 positive cases have been reported in Westford. In those two weeks, Westford reported 45 positive tests, with 8.88% of 507 tests returning positive.

98,842 total tests have been administered in Westford since the pandemic began.

A total of 5,222 total cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Westford as of Dec. 15. The state has reported over 1.935 million total cases of COVID-19, reporting 15,647 cases in the last two weeks. 8.19% of the total 208,430 tests administered, or 17,074 tests, have returned positive.

As of Dec. 13, 87 of the 98 intensive care unit beds remain occupied in Northeastern Massachusetts, while 963 of the 974 medical and surgical beds remain occupied in the region.

As of Dec. 15, Middlesex County has reported 3,293 positive cases in the last two week period between Nov. 27 and Dec. 10. 7.74%, or 3,545 of 45,800 total tests returned positive in the county.

In the last two weeks, Middlesex County has reported 29 confirmed and probable deaths, while the state has reported 171 confirmed and probable deaths.

Public health officials urge COVID-19, Flu vaccines

The Department of Public Health continues to remind residents to get vaccinated.

“This flu season, residents can protect themselves and their families by getting a flu vaccine even if they haven’t gotten a vaccine in years past,” said Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke. “It’s easy to get your flu shot along with your COVID-19 booster if you’re eligible for one, and both vaccines are widely available.”

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, over 13 million cases of influenza have been reported nationwide. The CDC also estimates that over 120,000 hospitalizations and 7,300 deaths have been reported as a result of influenza this year.

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Ben Domaingue
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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.