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Burlington Cases of COVID-19 See Slight Increase for Second Week

Burlington has seen a slight uptick in reported positive cases of COVID-19 but not enough to move the community out of the yellow and back into the red.

According to reports from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the lowest level of positive cases was reported in the document released on March 11. At that time Burlington’s percent positivity rate was 2.18 percent and the town’s average daily incident rate per 100,000 people was 14.1. This came after a multi-week downward trend of new cases.

However, in the report released on March 18, Burlington’s percent positivity rate was 2.41 percent and the town’s average daily incident rate per 100,000 people was 15.7. And then this past Thursday, DPH reported Burlington’s percent positivity rate was 2.8 percent and the town’s average daily incident rate per 100,000 people was 19.

Despite the uptick the town is still listed as in the yellow though of course the goal is move into the green. According to DPH, in order for a community to move into the green, it would have to have an average daily incident rate per 100,000 people less than 10 and a percent positivity rate under 10.

To help achieve this goal, health officials still advise everyone to follow the guidelines of wearing masks in public, maintaining social distancing and frequent hand washing.