Town reports 69 newly confirmed cases over the past seven days, one new death
The number of newly confirmed cases dipped slightly from 69 last week to 66 over the past seven days through yesterday (Thursday, May 5), according to Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. This week’s positive COVID cases reported to the town by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) increased the overall total to 8,921 confirmed cases, according to Crabtree.
There have been more than 200 confirmed cases over the past four weeks as the virus continues to hang around, causing some people to continue wearing masks at Town Hall even though they are optional. Three people wore masks at Wednesday night’s Finance Committee meeting.
In addition, there was one confirmed death reported, increasing the number of deaths since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in March of 2020 to 90. Eight weeks ago, total Saugus deaths related to COVID-19 were listed at 106. But that number was reduced to 88 because of a change in the guidelines used by health officials.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic,” Crabtree said.
Meanwhile, there were 15 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Saugus Public Schools this week (during the period of April 28-May 4), down from the 27 confirmed cases reported last week (during the period of April 14-27).