SOUTHWICK- The Health Department reported just four new COVID-19 cases this week to bring Southwick’s pandemic total to 485.
The new total keeps Southwick in the moderate risk category for the third straight week after having been in the highest risk category for 14 straight weeks. There were 326 COVID-19 tests administered to Southwick residents this week.
Southwick’s percent positivity rate is 1.22 percent, which is notably lower than the Hampden County average of 3.83 percent.
Southwick’s weekly report comes the day after the announcement by President Joseph R. Biden that all American adults would be considered eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1, a much faster timeline than originally suggested. President Biden told Americans in a primetime address Thursday, March 11 that they could expect to see some level of normalcy by July 4.
Cases in Massachusetts continue to remain leveled off, a point of concern after the dramatic decrease in the number of daily cases that took place following the peak after Christmas and New Years. On March 11, the one year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, just over 60,000 COVID-19 cases were reported across the country.
On March 11 in Massachusetts, more than 1,800 COVID-19 cases were reported. As of that date, the state maintained a seven-day average of 1,500 new daily cases.