The downward trend of new cases of COVID-19 in Burlington continues though the town has yet to enter the green level.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) latest report, dated February 25, Burlington’s percent positivity rate is 2.70 and the town’s average daily incident rate per 100,000 people is 17.7. The previous report from February 18 had Burlington’s percent positivity rate at 3.95 and the town’s average daily incident rate per 100,000 people at 19.5.
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 and less than 10 total cases.
Locally, Bedford, Billerica, Wilmington and Woburn are also in the yellow. Lexington is the first to get into the green.
Despite falling numbers, health officials still advise everyone to follow the guidelines of wearing masks in public, maintaining social distancing and frequent hand washing.
While cases are lower in town, there is still a lack of a vaccine in Burlington since the state has prioritized mass vaccination sites over municipalities. State Sen. Cindy Friedman told BCAT in an interview for our show BNEWS In Depth, the lack of a plan at the state level is a frustration to her. See a clip from that interview here.