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The positivity rate in Newton remains 1.1% of the 23,166 tests performed on Newton residents. Recently, 1.1% of 18,315 tests came back positive. The statewide positivity rate is 4.5%.

The average daily incidence rate in Newton is now 18.9 cases per 100,000 population, up from 14.6 two weeks ago and 8.6 three weeks ago. The statewide average daily incidence rate has now climbed to 47.7.

Thirteen percent (13%) of the 243 people who tested positive during the State’s two-week tracking period between Nov. 21 and Dec. 4 were students at one of Newton’s institutions of higher education.

The ages of the people who tested positive in Newton during that time are lowest among people who are ages 60 and older.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, as of Tuesday, Dec. 7, reports they are caring for a total of 28 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, a doubling of COVID-19 patients in one week. The hospital reports it has not had this high a number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in more than 10 months. Additionally, the number of critically ill patients with COVID-19 is rising with between five and seven patients per day over the past week.

The good news, even among this worrisome data, is that no one in Newton died with COVID-19 this week. 

You can visit the City’s website at to find out the latest statistics, where to get tested and where to find vaccines. 


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