The City of Newton reported its lowest number of positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday since the start of the Omicron surge. The city reported only 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the one week period between Feb. 24 and March 2, according to the city’s dashboard.
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller wrote in a newsletter update on Thursday that almost 75 percent of cases in the city between Feb. 13 and 26 came from one of Newton’s institutions of higher education.
“The COVID-19 data is all good,” Fuller wrote. “While it’s too early to say definitively, it suggests the school vacation week when many Newtonians traveled did not cause a spike in COVID-19 cases in Newton.”
Middlesex County, in which Newton resides, is now considered a low COVID-19 community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC still encourages residents to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they are symptomatic.
The daily incident rate in the city, measuring the number of positive cases per a population of 100,000, also fell to its lowest numbers since before the December holidays. The city reported a daily incident rate of 34.9 over the last week, according to Fuller, compared to a rate of 25.3 reported for Dec. 11.
There were no current ICU hospitalizations at Newton-Wellesley Hospital due to COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to Fuller’s update, and there were only two COVID-19 hospitalizations on Tuesday.
Newton Public Schools did not report COVID-19 data from Feb. 21 to 25, as students were on Winter Vacation.
For the third week in a row, the city reported no COVID-19 deaths.
“Continuing the good news, no one in Newton died with COVID-19 this week,” she wrote.
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