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State data shows area COVID-19 cases continuing to rise

  • Franklin County and the North Quabbin region’s COVID-19 cases for the two-week period between Jan. 2 and Jan 15. Towns in blue registered fewer than 15 cases over these two weeks. STAFF GRAPHIC/CHRIS LARABEE

  • COVID-19 cases in the two-week period from Jan. 2 to Jan. 15 continued to rise in Franklin County. The red line represents virus cases while the black line (using the axis on the right side) represents the number of deaths. STAFF GRAPHIC/CHRIS LARABEE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/24/2022 11:27:21 AM

This map of Franklin County and the North Quabbin region shows positive COVID-19 case counts and data for the two-week period from Jan. 2 to Jan. 15.

The line chart shows COVID-19 cases continuing to rise as the omicron and delta variants continue to spread in the region, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.

These two weeks saw 2,142 people test positive for the virus in Franklin County — meaning more than 26% of all 8,073 virus cases detected in the county since March 2020 have been identified in this two-week period.

Greenfield’s caseload skyrocketed to 708 in this two-week span, which is the highest in the region and nearly 30% of total cases reported in the past two years. Athol follows behind with 526 cases. Montague and Orange’s cases stayed relatively steady at 261 and 295, respectively.

Seven people died due to the virus in Franklin County over this two-week span.

Below is contact information for the three COVID-19 testing sites available in Greenfield, as outlined on mass.gov:

■CIC Health at Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301. Website: cic-health.com/stopthespread. Alternatively, call 877-280-2937 or email support@cic-health.com to make an appointment. Unscheduled visits are available, though registration is required on site. Testing instructions are available in English and Spanish.

■Walgreens at 5 Pierce St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Appointments are needed. Those looking to sign up must do so either at walgreens.com or using the Walgreens app.

■Baystate’s testing center, 33 Riddell St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 413-795-8378 to make an appointment. A physician’s referral is required.


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