FRAMINGHAM, MA — After reporting a record 1,400 new coronavirus cases over the past week, Framingham officials on Wednesday announced that some school and city-related activities will begin a two-week hibernation period as a safety measure.
Beginning Friday, all Framingham Public Schools extracurricular clubs and athletics, among other activities, will be suspended through Jan. 21. In tandem, all parks and recreation and senior center activities will be suspended for the same amount of time.
The decision to slow down in-person activities was made jointly by Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, Superintendent Robert Tremblay and Health Director Alex DePalo. Sisitsky is planning to meet with the Board of Health next week to discuss possible further actions.
“In light of today’s data, I want to get the perspective from the board, among others,” he said in a news release. “I am looking at similar actions in other cities and towns, and am considering
doing the same for Framingham.”
The 1,387 positive tests over the past week is the largest in a single week in Framingham since the beginning of the pandemic. Framingham's first two cases were recorded on March 14, and it took until May 17 to accumulate over 1,400 cases, according to health data.
There are now 1,724 active COVID-19 cases in Framingham. The citywide positive test rate rose to 7.52 percent, about 1.5 points higher than in the city's last report on Dec. 29.