Covid Update: BOH promoting testing sites; 5 cases in isolation

by beth on August 9, 2021

Aug 9 - tracking Covid in Southborough

As of this afternoon, the Southborough Board of Health is showing 5 residents in isolation for active cases of Covid-19. The total cases over the course of the pandemic is now 533. That’s 9 cases reported in 14 days. For details, click on the graphs above and below. 

Aug 9 - Cumulative total Covid in Southborough Aug 9 - Confirmed per Day in Southborough over 14 days Aug 9 - Covid by ages in Southborough over time Aug 9 - Covid by ages in Southborough

Last Thursday night’s report from the Mass Department of Public Health listed Southborough as having 11 cases in two weeks with the Average Daily Incidence Rate per 100,000 as 8.1 (higher than prior period) and the % of tests confirmed positive as 1.79% (also higher). (The report was based on tests taken in the 14 day period ending on the prior Saturday.) See my tracking of the testing & positivity rates right.

July 31 - Southborough Testing and Positivity RatesLast week’s report (issued August 5th) indicated 10 cases in two weeks with the Average Daily Incidence Rate per 100,000 as 7.4 (lower than prior period) and the % of tests confirmed positive as 1.53% (also lower). (The reports are issued on Thursday evenings, based on data covering the 14 day period ending on the prior Saturday.) See my tracking of the testing & positivity rates right. 

Speaking of testing, the Board of Health is promoting where residents can get tested:

COVID test sites

Two local options available – results within 48 hours

With COVID-19 cases still happening in Southborough, the Board of Health would like to remind individuals of two sites where they can get free PCR testing.

Stop the Spread COVID-19 site located at Marlborough Hospital; on Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 8AM-12PM. This is a drop in site (no pre-registration required); test results are usually within 12-24 hours

Project Beacon located at Framingham State. You do need to register in advance online; test turnaround is  generally 12-24 hours as well

Last week, Southborough’s Public Health Nurse shared that none of the fully vaccinated Southborough patients had severe symptoms. Those who were vaccinated only came down with symptoms described as similar to a mild cold.

If you have yet to be vaccinated, you can click here for information on where to get a shot.

As of last week’s vaccination report – 8,318  Southborough residents had received shots by August 3rd. Vaccination curves had flattened out this summer, but there is a slight increase for teen vaccinations. 98% of teens are now at least partially vaccinated.*

More highlights by age group and gender are in charts below:

 Aug 3 - Vaccinations-table Aug 3 - Residents vaccinated by age Aug 3 - Vaccination progress by age group - 1 dose or more Aug 3 - Fully Vaccination progress by age group

(For more details on those groups, plus race/ethnicity, click here.)

*(I use demographics extrapolated from 2019 census data since the state’s population data is clearly outdated.)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathy Dunsmore August 9, 2021 at 8:42 PM

Do you know how many of the recent cases are in vaccinated vs unvaccinated? Also for the under 20 cases, how many are under 12 and not vaccinated? It would be nice to have a sense of how well our high rate of vaccination is protecting the vaccinated from infection not just severe disease.

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2 beth August 10, 2021 at 9:02 AM

Unfortunately, HIPPA prevented the Board of Health from answering my questions about the number of vaccinated/unvaccinated. (I assume that’s partially due to low number of infected residents. If there was a larger population, then presumably percentages of vaccinated unvaccinated wouldn’t risk revealing individuals’ private medical data.)

As for how many are under the age of 12, I don’t know. I’ll ask if that is something they have and can share.

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3 beth August 11, 2021 at 11:02 AM

Nurse Taylor West was able to share more details. I just posted the answers here – http://www.mysouthborough.com/2021/08/11/covid-update-new-details-from-boh-on-recent-cases-vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated/

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