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Framingham still in Covid red zone but improved; MA rates soar

Framingham remains a designated Covid-19 high-risk “red zone”, but the city’s rates of known new infections improved to 11.6 per 100,000 over the most recent 14 days. That’s down from 15.3 last week.

Test positivity rates also declined again, to 2.17%, according to data released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health today.

In fact, Framingham’s rate was lower than the state-wide average of 11.8 per 100,000 people, putting the entire Commonwealth firmly in Gov. Baker’s red zone. The Baker administration still only looks at known new cases per 100K and not testing positivity rates or testing per capita when determining red-zone designations.

Number of tests administered in Framingham were roughly similar this week vs. last.

A couple of MetroWest communities now report higher new infection and positivity rates than Framingham: Marlborough, at 12.3 per 100K and 2.7%; and Ashland, at 12.8 per 100K and 2.63%.