Southwick’s COVID-19 infection rate remains high

Southwick is a high risk community for the third straight week

SOUTHWICK- The Board of Health reported 17 new COVID-19 cases this week to bring Southwick’s pandemic total to 593 cases. 

The state’s weekly report on the COVID-19 risk of each community on April 29 had Southwick in the high risk category for the third straight week. Southwick was one of 26 high risk communities in Massachusetts. 

The percent positivity rating in Southwick remains higher than that of Hampden County as a whole. Southwick’s percent positivity rating is 4.48 percent while Hampden County’s is 4.08 percent. 

As of April 29 3,834 Southwick residents had received at least one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine. 2,630 Southwick residents have been fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 27 percent of Southwick residents are considered to be fully vaccinated. 

Despite Southwick’s slight rise in new cases, COVID-19 infection rates have mostly been falling across Massachusetts since the recent spike that peaked on March 29. On April 28 the seven-day average for new daily COVID-19 cases was 895, down from more than 2,000 at the end of March. Since that same period, the seven-day average for daily COVID-19 related deaths has fallen to nine, the lowest that number has been since March 27, 2020.

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