8 active cases; 9 new cases in one week; Resumption of NSBORO tests


As of this morning, the Southborough Board of Health shows again 8 residents isolated for active cases of Covid-19. The total number of cases during the pandemic is now 575. That makes 9 cases in six days and 23 in two weeks.

Last week’s report from the Mass Dept of Public Health (published on September 9) * reported 14 cases in two weeks with an average daily incidence rate per 100,000 of 15.5 (higher than the previous period) and the% of confirmed positive tests of 1.92% (difference

For more details, see the graphs below:
September 13 - Covid follow-up in Southborough September 13 - Confirmed daily at Southborough over 14 days September 13 - Cumulative Covid total in Southborough September 13 - Covid by ages in Southborough September 13 - Covid by ages in Southborough over time

As of the latest report, 8,530 Southborough residents had been shot on September 7.

Sept 7 - Table of vaccinationsMy data indicates that 89% of residents old enough to be eligible for vaccines are fully immunized and 8% are partially vaxxed. ** (To find options for getting vaccinated, Click here.)

Further highlights by age group and gender are presented in the top right chart and in the charts below. (They include immunization progress zoomed in to the summer months.):

Sept 7 - Residents vaccinated by age Sep 7 - Immunization progress by age group - 1 dose or more Sept 7 - Vax progression by age group - 1 dose or more - from summer 2021 September 7 - Fully Immunization Progress by Age Group September 7 - Fully Vaxxed Progress by Age Group - from summer 2021

(For more details on these groups, as well as race / ethnicity, click here.)

Northborough Southborough Schools Superintendent Gregory Martineau briefed parents on this year’s testing protocols on Friday:

With the completion of six school days, I want to share important information about COVID-19 security checks. For the 2021-2022 school year, Northborough and Southborough Public Schools, in partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), are offering a COVID-19 testing program as an additional layer of protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19[WOMENThisprograminvolvesthreecomponents:[FEMININECeprogrammecomportetroisvolets:

  1. Symptomatic test for students who show symptoms of COVID-19 at school,
  2. COVID-19 Routine Security Checks to prevent the spread of the virus undetected among students who do not have symptoms, and
  3. Test and stay for students who may have been exposed at school but are not showing symptoms. Each is a rapid, non-invasive nasal swab OR a saliva sample that is collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained health care provider. Unlike the COVID-19 tests of the past, these are not uncomfortable and are easy for students to do.

Students can only participate with the permission of a parent or guardian. It is important to Northborough and Southborough Public Schools that you are fully informed of the process and that your questions are answered, before asking you to sign the consent form. Please click here to learn more about the three parts of the testing program, how they are conducted and what they are used for.

So far, NSBORO does not display the cases of tracking information in the school system. However, they send emails to parents at individual schools. Messages to parents of Algonquin students last Thursday warned:

Recently, we were informed that two people have tested positive for COVID-19.

Individual one: The individual was last at school on Friday September 3, 2021. Contact tracing has been carried out and no close contacts at the school have been identified.

Individual Two: The individual was last at school on Thursday, September 9, 2021. The COVID-19 response team conducted the contact tracing. All close contacts identified in the school have been informed.

The management team will closely monitor adherence to safety protocols to mitigate the potential for school transmission of COVID-19. These include wearing masks, washing / disinfecting hands, maintaining adequate ventilation and monitoring air quality, cleaning and disinfecting, self-screening and staying at home for symptoms that may be compatible with COVID-19.

We are committed to communicating and continually supporting our families. If there is a transmission as a result of this or a separate case, we will send another message immediately.

* The state report was based on testing done during the 14-day period ending the previous Saturday.

** Population figures are estimates only. I am using demographics extrapolated from 2019 census data because state demographics were clearly out of date.

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