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Westford COVID-19 Update: Extended SNAP Benefits to Reach Residents This Week


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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.

Between March 12 and March 25, 11 positive cases have been reported in Westford. In those two weeks, Westford reported 12 positive tests, with 6.38% of 188 tests returning positive.

101,188 total tests have been administered in Westford since the pandemic began.

A total of 5,484 total cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Westford as of March 30. The state has reported over 2 million total cases of COVID-19, reporting 3,893 cases in the last two weeks. 4.07% of the total 109,622 tests administered, or 4,465 tests, have returned positive.

As of March 30, 88 of the 99 intensive care unit beds remain occupied in Northeastern Massachusetts, while 896 of the 940 medical and surgical beds remain occupied in the region.

As of March 30, Middlesex County has reported 923 positive cases in the last two week period between March 12 and March 25. 4.42%, or 1,044 of 23,633 total tests returned positive in the county.

In the last two weeks, Middlesex County has reported 25 confirmed and probable deaths, while the state has reported 107 confirmed and probable deaths.

Extended SNAP Benefits to reach residents

Massachusetts residents will receive their first state-funded extra Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payment on April 7. 

A $389 million supplemental state budget was signed by Gov. Maura Healey, which includes $130 million to extend the enhanced SNAP benefits as the federal government ended its support for the extra money provided to low-income people during the pandemic.

The funding will provide 40% of the previous federal allotment to about 640,000 Massachusetts households over the next three months.

“SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger – and also supports our local grocery stores and farmers. The Healey-Driscoll Administration is a leader among states in providing households with an offramp to the abrupt end of the federal extra SNAP benefits and will continue to prioritize food security in Massachusetts through initiatives like this,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Kate Walsh in a news release.

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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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