Natick schools encourage masks after COVID-19 cases jump post-vacation

NATICK — After a sharp uptick in COVID-19 cases, Natick Public Schools is strongly encouraging mask wearing until the surge subsides, Superintendent of Schools Anna Nolin told the town’s Board of Health.

If the trend continues, she said during the health board’s meeting on Wednesday, the district may reinstitute a mask mandate for group events such as band concerts and plays.

According to town data, Natick has outpaced Massachusetts over the past two weeks in average daily new cases per 100,000 people with a rate of 40.7, compared to the state’s 32.5 average.

Previously:Natick will drop its school mask mandate, move to flex masking model

“COVID is not going to be eradicated,” Director of Public Health Michael Boudreau said at the meeting. “I think it’s going to be here; we’re still going to see mutations, but it’s not like getting rid of smallpox or polio.”

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