Covid Update: 6 isolated cases; Vaccine guidance for immunocompromised

by beth on September 1, 2021

As of yesterday, the Southborough Board of Health is showing 6 residents in isolation for active cases of Covid-19. The total cases over the course of the pandemic is now 552. That’s 5 cases reported in 7 days and 13 in two weeks.

Last week’s report from Mass Dept of Public Health (issued August 26th)* indicated 14 cases in two weeks with the Average Daily Incidence Rate per 100,000 as 10.3 (higher than prior period) and the % of tests confirmed positive as 1.77% (also higher).

For details, see graphs below:

Aug 21 - Southborough Testing and Positivity Rates Aug 30 - tracking Covid in Southborough Aug 30 - Cumulative total Covid in Southborough Aug 30 - Confirmed per Day in Southborough over 14 days Aug 30 - Covid by ages in Southborough over time Aug 30 - Covid by ages in Southborough

As of the latest report, 8,465 Southborough residents had received shots by August 24th.

My data indicates 88% of residents old enough to be eligible for shots are fully vaccinated, and another 8% are partially vaxxed.** The largest number of unvaccinated residents continues to be 50-64 years old.

More highlights by age group and gender are in the chart above right and graphs below. (They include vaccination progress zoomed in on summer months.):
Aug 24 - Residents vaccinated by age Aug 24 - Vaccination progress by age group - 1 dose or more Aug 24 - Vax progress by age group - 1 dose or more - starting summer 2021 Aug 24 - Fully Vaccination progress by age group Aug 24 - Fully Vaxxed progress by age group - starting summer 2021

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

For residents who are immunocompromised, the Town posted an announcement sharing CDC’s guidance about getting a booster shot:

COVID-19 vaccine boosters for immunocompromised

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response (including biologics such as Enbrel, Humira and Remicade)

Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. For moderately to severely immunocompromised people, the third dose should be given at least 28 days after the completion of your initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. You will need to attest that you qualify for the third dose of the vaccine, but a doctor’s note or order is not needed to receive it. 

Keep checking back for more information about COVID-19 boosters for the general public!

*The state’s report was based on tests taken in the 14 day period ending on the prior Saturday.

**Population figures are just estimates. I use demographics extrapolated from 2019 census data since the state’s population data was clearly outdated.

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