Framingham Sees Highest Coronavirus Rise In Months

FRAMINGHAM, MA — Framingham reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in months on Monday, and officials are cracking down with $500 fines will be handed out to people caught violating health rules without a warning.

Framingham reported 44 new cases on Monday. You would have to go back to May 21 to find a single report where more new cases were added. The city also reported one new COVID-19 death on Monday.

In an escalation, the $500 fines — first announced on Sept. 14 — will now be given to anyone who violates rules on gatherings on the first offense. The city was handing out warnings up until now.

“Framingham’s current spike in COVID-19 cases can be attributed to gatherings across the city and to help slow the spread, the city will no longer provide a warning and instead immediately issue a $500 fine for violation of the gathering order,” officials said in a news release Monday.

Framingham was named a red high-risk community on Aug. 26. Since then, the city has been receiving help from the state educating citizens about how to guard against the virus.

Framingham typically reports new coronavirus case numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Here’s a look at the number of new cases in each of those reports dating back to the beginning of August:

  • Oct. 5 — 44 new cases

  • Oct. 2 — 25 new cases

  • Sept. 30 — 13 new cases

  • Sept. 28 — 15 new cases

  • Sept. 25 — 26 new cases

  • Sept. 23 — 17 new cases

  • Sept. 21 — 24 new cases

  • Sept. 18 — 15 new cases

  • Sept. 16 — 22 new cases

  • Sept. 14 — 33 new cases

  • Sept. 11 — 27 new cases

  • Sept. 9 — 32 new cases

  • Sept. 7 — No report due to Labor Day

  • Sept. 4 — 8 new cases

  • Sept. 2 — 17 new cases

  • Aug. 31 — 27 new cases

  • Aug. 28 — 21 new cases

  • Aug. 26 — 26 new cases

  • Aug. 24 — 20 new cases

  • Aug. 21 — 21 new cases

  • Aug. 19 — 7 new cases

  • Aug. 17 — 20 new cases

  • Aug. 14 — 12 new cases

  • Aug. 12 — 3 new cases

  • Aug. 10 — 24 new cases

  • Aug. 7 — 4 new cases

  • Aug. 5 — 8 new cases

  • Aug. 3 — 9 new cases

This article originally appeared on the Framingham Patch

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