After four weeks of seeing rising COVID-19 numbers, Burlington was able to move in the right direction.
According to reports from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the town had seen percent positivity rates climb each week from March 25 to April 15. In the report from March 25 it was 2.8 percent, on April 1 it was 2.83 percent, on April 8 it was 3.52 percent and on April 15, it was 4.18 percent.
In the latest report, published April 22, the rate had dropped slightly to 3.73 percent.
So is Burlington unique? The state average of percent positivity rates is 2.30 percent (down from 2.48 the week before). In the area Bedford is at 2.48 (up from 1.85), Lexington is at 1.38 (down from 1.45) while Woburn is at 3.33 (down from 3.53), Wilmington is at 4.15 (up from 3.701) and Billerica is also at 4.15 (down from 4.82) percent positivity rate.
To get cases back down, health officials still advise everyone to follow the guidelines of wearing masks in public, maintaining social distancing and frequent hand washing.