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PRESS RELEASE

October 14, 2020

For Immediate Release

Small uptick in positive cases shifts Tyngsborough’s COVID-19 risk category based on weekly Department of Public Health Data

Tyngsborough, Massachusetts– The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health (DPH) released its weekly town by town COVID-19 case counts yesterday afternoon which showed 15 confirmed cases over the last 14 days in Tyngsborough. Based on metrics designed by DPH, this moved Tyngsborough from the “moderate risk” to the “higher risk” category. 4-8 cases per 100k is considered “moderate risk” while >8 is considered “higher risk”. Tyngsborough average daily incident rate is 8.94, just over the line from “moderate risk”. Since the beginning of this pandemic, Tyngsborough has seen 151 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

While moving to the “higher risk” category is less than desirable, it is important to note that there is no evidence of a widespread community outbreak. Tyngsborough’s positive test rate is 2.01% which remains below the state average. This does, however, mean that Tyngsborough is not yet able to move to Phase III, Step 2. Communities must report three consecutive weeks of “low” or “moderate” risk before being able to commence Phase III, Step 2.

We all have a part to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and moving along with the phased re-opening of the Commonwealth. Please remember to wear a mask, wash your hands often, and practice safe social distancing whenever possible.

Visit www.tyngsboroughma.gov to learn more about the Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the phased re-opening of the Commonwealth, visit www.mass.gov/reopening.

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Contact:

Colin Loiselle, Office of the Board of Selectmen & Town Administrator

[email protected] | 978-649-2300 x155