Two Parties To Blame For COVID-19 Spike In Dedham

DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two parties, including one attended by high school students, are to blame for a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Dedham, according to officials.

Dedham's COVID-19 risk level was upped to red on the state's color-coded map this week. Town Manager Leon Goodwin said he was disappointed.

"A lot of people put a lot of effort into getting us ready to go back to school," Goodwin said. "All of that is on hold now, and that was a lot of work."

So far, the town has no plans to close businesses or public parks due to the spike in cases. Instead, Goodwin is urging young people to be more mindful during the pandemic.

"What appeared to be small innocuous actions can have a giant affect," he said. "Our individual actions can affect the whole, in a very negative way."

In an effort to stem any further spread of the virus in Dedham, starting this Sunday free COVID-19 testing will be made available to all residents at a mobile test unit.

WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports:

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