Town reports 112 newly confirmed cases over the past seven days, no new deaths
The number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases keeps dropping in Saugus after a holiday surge that contributed to two consecutive weeks of more than 600 cases back in early January.
Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree announced that the state Department of Public Health (DPH) has notified the town of 112 new cases over the past seven days through yesterday (Thursday, Feb. 3), bringing the overall total to 8,456 cases since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in March of 2020. Crabtree also noted there were no new COVID-19-related deaths, with the death count remaining at 99. Last week, there were five new deaths reported.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic,” Crabtree said.
Last week, the town reported 214 COVID-19 cases, which followed a sharp decline from record highs in early January. The town has reported 316 new COVID-19 cases since Nov. 22. An ongoing surge of consecutive weeks of 623 and 668 cases in early January prompted the Board of Health to adopt an indoor mask mandate four weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Saugus Public Schools also experienced a reduction of cases in its four buildings, going from 65 cases (Jan. 20-26) to 45 cases (Jan. 27-Feb. 2). This week, there were six cases reported in Saugus High, 10 in Saugus Middle School, 21 in the Belmonte STEAM Academy and eight in the Veterans Early Learning Center. A week ago, there were 12 cases in the High School, 11 in the Middle School, 25 in the Belmonte STEAM Academy and 17 in the Veterans Early Learning Center.