Cambridge’s Covid-19 case rate apparently has peaked and is plunging as fast as it shot up in December, similar to the trend statewide. Yet the rate is still higher than at any time before the latest surge. And cases in long-term care and deaths have been rising while hospitals remain full.
Covid cases hit 391 in a day, close library branch as city says 28% of its seniors lack booster shots
About 72 percent of fully vaccinated Cambridge residents 65 and older have received a third shot, according figures reported by the city for the first time Thursday, as 391 new cases of Covid were reported. The cases strained hospitals, nursing homes and even a library branch that will be closed for nearly a week.
The city reported a record 143 new Covid-19 cases Thursday, the highest one-day increase since the pandemic began in March 2020. The Cambridge Public Health Department said 53 percent of new cases in the two days on Wednesday and Thursday were residents in their 20s; another 16 percent were people younger than 20.
‘Less need’ to investigate every case of Covid-19 as contact tracing responsibility shifts to cities
Now that city and town health departments are taking back responsibility for investigating cases of Covid-19 and tracking their contacts, state officials say local workers can scale back their efforts after Jan. 1 by singling out problems in certain settings, such as clusters of infections.