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Westford COVID-19 Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Community Colleges to End


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

Between Feb. 12 and Feb. 25, 13 positive cases have been reported in Westford. In those two weeks, Westford reported 14 positive tests, with 5.74% of 244 tests returning positive.

100,735 total tests have been administered in Westford since the pandemic began.

A total of 5,448 total cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Westford as of March 2. The state has reported over 2 million total cases of COVID-19, reporting 7,050 cases in the last two weeks. 6.72% of the total 119,559 tests administered, or 8,031 tests, have returned positive.

As of Feb. 28, 78 of the 94 intensive care unit beds remain occupied in Northeastern Massachusetts, while 891 of the 944 medical and surgical beds remain occupied in the region.

As of March 2, Middlesex County has reported 1,529 positive cases in the last two week period between Feb. 12 and Feb. 25. 6.77%, or 1,733 of 25,583 total tests returned positive in the county.

In the last two weeks, Middlesex County has reported 44 confirmed and probable deaths, while the state has reported 194 confirmed and probable deaths.

COVID-19 vaccine mandate for community college students to end

In a reversal of policy from the onset of vaccine mandates for higher education institutions, all community colleges in Massachusetts will no longer require students enrolling to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

The change was announced by the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges, which represents the 15 community colleges in the state.

The University of Massachusetts, which also has a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, has not announced plans to change their policy at this time.

The current requirement is slated to end at the end of the semester.

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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.

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