Southwick reported 16 new COVID-19 cases

SOUTHWICK- The Board of Health reported 16 new COVID-19 cases this week to bring the town’s pandemic total to 544. 

With the new case numbers this week, Southwick’s 14-day percent-positivity rate remains below the average for Hampden County as a whole. Southwick’s percent-positivity is 3.6 percent while Hampden County’s is 4.92 percent.

Southwick remains as a moderate risk community for the second week in a row.

While Southwick’s weekly case count increased this week, Massachusetts as a whole is experiencing a downward trend in the number of daily new COVID-19 cases. The state, along with other parts of the country, experienced a spike in cases in recent weeks that has slowly declined. 

Massachusetts’ recent daily peak in cases was March 29, when 2,590 people tested positive. On April 8 that number was down to 1,938. Also on April 8, a total of 4,204,152 Massachusetts residents had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 1,617,249 of those people are considered to be fully vaccinated, meaning they received both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

As of April 8, 2,889 Southwick residents, approximately 29 percent of the town’s population, had received at least one dose of any of the three approved vaccines, according to data released by the state each week. 

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