Winchester health director warns residents of climbing COVID numbers

Although the city of Winchester remains in the yellow zone for the COVID infection rate, the Winchester Department of Health director warned residents that the battle is not over.

During the school committee meeting on April 27, Murphy said the city’s positivity rate during the April 4-17 testing was 2.43%. Neighboring Burlington had the highest rate over the same period at 3.73%, while Woburn was 3.33%. The state rate was 2.31%.

“If we (Winchesters) can do lower it would be good,” Murphy said. “It has crept in very slowly over the past few weeks. It’s going in the wrong direction so we’d like this to subside a bit. We do this to improve or continue our tests. “

Murphy encouraged all people, including those who are vaccinated, traveling, or participating in other activities to be aware of whether they are around many people in order to continue to be tested.

“We are certainly nowhere near where we were in December and January,” Murphy said. “So that’s good and I hope I can never get back to that level. I am sure our vaccination efforts will keep us relatively low. “

Most of the cases in Winchester were between the ages of 0-19 years.

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As of March 2020, 65.2% of residents have shown one or more symptoms, with most reporting headaches, muscle aches, coughs and fever. The rarest symptoms are vomiting.

Murphy said the racial collapse of COVID mimicked the city’s collapse, with about 87% of the cases reported by Caucasians.

Free weekly COVID tests are available to Winchester City officials. All others are charged a fee of $ 20 per test. The results usually take less than 24 hours.

“This week (April 26-30) was free for all Winchester students,” said Murphy. “I’m happy to say that on April 23rd there were almost 200 people there and many of them, the majority of them, were actually students. That are great news. “

As of April 26, Winchester had 28 active confirmed cases, 1,236 recovered cases, and 17 deaths. Confirmed cases to date have been 1,281.

There were three confirmed active cases within the school district (one in Lincoln and two in McCall Middle School). The total number of confirmed cases was 276.

“I think we can all agree that, given the challenges we faced, we have had a very successful school year,” said Murphy.

Overall, cases in the city have steadily declined since the end of the holiday season.

“What’s nice to see is the school cases mimicking the community in the sense that … this has been driven outward, and as we’ve said from the start, this trend line shows that,” Murphy said. “The school district mimics the community in terms of ups and downs.”

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