The latest Dashboard from Northborough – Southborough Schools covered the first few days back from spring break. A spike of 90 cases were reported in the seven days ending Wednesday, April 27th. 37 of those were from Southborough K-8 and 16 from Algonquin.
Daily Counts showed another 63 cases reported in the following five days through yesterday, May 2nd – 37 from Southborough and 3 from Algonquin.
Last week, the pooled testing screened 21 cases. One more was identified through testing of symptomatic students/staff. (This week’s screening results should be in the next Dashboard to be released Wednesday night or Thursday morning.)
Yesterday afternoon, the Town posted its updated Covid data. It shows the continued increase in the average number of cases per day cases over the last five weeks. (Though it still remains a small fraction of the January peak.)
The average number of cases per day is higher than it has been since late January, but still far below the winter’s peak. 40 cases were reported in one week, 73 in less than two weeks.
That brings the cumulative total to 2093 cases with 42 labeled active. Not surprisingly, a good percentage of those cases were under the age of twelve. Below are my updated graphs based on the latest data, including age demographics:
Thursday’s state report based on overlapping data, indicated 65 cases in two weeks.
The Average Daily Incidence Rate per 100,000 was 48.0 (an increase for the 4th straight week). The % of tests confirmed positive was 9.72% (the highest since late January).* See below my tracking of the testing & positivity rates and a regional map of the most recent incidence rate.
At last week’s Board of Health meeting officials discussed safety protocols for the Annual Town Meeting which opens tomorrow night. Masks won’t be required, but strongly encouraged and readily available.
Officials didn’t plan to mark areas for those with or without masks. But they referenced the capacity of the auditorium to allow room for voters who want to distance themselves from others without masks.
*The state Public Health reports on positivity rates and cases are issued on Thursday evenings based on results from tests taken during the 14 day period ending the prior Saturday.
Why did you say not surprisingly a good percentage of cases under 12? Also, if people are taking at home Antigen tests vs more PCR testing in Jan, the total number of cases assuredly are significantly higher than the reported numbers.
I clearly meant the % of cases reported. The “not surprisingly” refers to the number of cases reported in Southborough K-8 schools.