The number of Watertown residents who have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached 15, as of Wednesday. Also, Town officials remind residents that parks and fields remained closed in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.
The number of confirmed cases in town was published on the Town’s COVID-19 web page.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts has increased significantly over the past six days. On March 19, there were 328 confirmed cases, and as of Tuesday’s update, the state had 1,159 with 94 who have been hospitalized, and 11 deaths, according to the Mass. Department of Public Health.
UPDATE: Wednesday’s numbers from the MassDEP puts the total number of cases in Massachusetts to 1,838, an increase of 679 from Tuesday (including three more in Watertown).
The cases in Middlesex County increased from 119 on March 19 to 446 on Wednesday. The most recent number of cases in Belmont are 7, and 34 in Newton, according to their official municipal websites.
Recreation Facilities Remain Closed
Recreation Director Peter Centola reminds Watertown residents that all recreational facilities, including playgrounds, parks, fields, the track and courts are closed temporarily as an effort at promoting social distancing due to COVID-19.
“Thank you to those who have been staying away from our recreational facilities and practicing social distancing, hand washing and proper hygiene,” Centola said in an email. “During my daily rides around town, I still am seeing some use and unfortunately I have to ask them to leave.”
Centola asked people to reinforce with family, friends and neighbors that the Watertown parks are closed until further notice.
Anyone with questions, comments or concerns can contact Recreation Director Peter Centola at 617-972-6494 or 617-312-9007.
Breakdown of Massachusetts COVID-19 Cases
Of Massachusetts 1,838 Coronavirus cases, the most cases are in ages 30-59. The Mass DPH breaks down cases into several age groups, most by decade, except for 19 and under and 70 and above.
- 19 and under – 41
- 20-29 – 326
- 30-39 – 322
- 40-49 – 313
- 50-59 – 330
- 60-69 – 224
- 70 and over – 255
(2 cases are unknown age)
The gender split was nearly even for those who tested positive for COVID-19, with 933 male and 903 female (the gender is unknown for 3 cases).
The origin of the cases is also broken down by the MassDPH. Most, 1,501, are under investigation. For those cases where the origin in known, the most come from local transmission (146), while 99 are related to the Biogen conference, and 92 are travel related.
A total of 19,794 people tested, 1,838 (9.2 percent) tested positive.