The Shoestring Covid Tracker

Updated every Friday by noon with current data for Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties and their towns and cities from the MassDPH.

By Joe Pater

County and State Data

New case totals for week ending 6/17, per capita weekly total using 2019 US census populations, CDC transmission level classification

Hampshire – 4 new cases, 2.5 cases per 100K, CDC Blue/Low (64% decrease, previous week: 11, 6.8 per 100K)

Hampden – 46 new cases, 9.9 cases per 100K, CDC Blue/Low (44% decrease, previous week: 82, 17.6 per 100K)

Franklin – 2 new cases, 2.8 cases per 100K, CDC Blue/Low (50% decrease, previous week: 4, 5.7 per 100K)

Massachusetts – 608 new cases, 8.8 cases per 100K, CDC Blue/Low (42% decrease, previous week: 1056, 15.3 per 100K)

(The New York Times has a useful presentation of daily updated county and state data. The Massachusetts counts here follow the NYT in using report rather than test date, and including confirmed and probable cases) 

Percentage of residents vaccinated

Hampshire – at least one dose 61%, fully vaccinated 53%

Hampden – at least one dose 52%, fully vaccinated 45%

Franklin – at least one dose 65%, fully vaccinated 56%

Current vaccination eligibility 

All MA residents 12 years or older are now eligible to be vaccinated: see this guide on getting an appointment.

Town and City Data

These tables provide totals of new Covid-19 cases for the weeks ending at the dates shown in the column headings. The per capita rates are color coded according to the CDC transmission level metric with Red indicating a High level, Orange Substantial, Yellow Moderate and Blue Low. Follow this link for an explanation of the metric, and a comparison with the one the MassDPH uses. Further details about the data and the tables are provided below. Some municipalities may have more up-to-date data; check their websites.

Hampshire County weekly new cases
Hampden County weekly new cases
Franklin County weekly new cases

These weekly totals are differences between totals from MassDPH public health reports from one week to the next (the reports came out two days after the dates shown above). Some inaccuracies in weekly totals calculated in this way may occur because of updates in earlier data. These weekly totals have the advantage over the two-week totals the MassDPH provides in being more fine-grained, and more recent (the two-week totals end several days earlier). Graphed historical weekly totals calculated this way, and daily per capita rates for every municipality in MA are available from Asterisks indicate instances where one week’s total was given as <5, so the difference could not be calculated. Weekly totals per 100K based on populations supplied in the downloadable MA-DPH Dashboard data. “Change” is the current week over the last one; values in red are increases (values greater than 1). Blank values in Change indicate that one week had 0 cases. The county totals and populations in these tables are the sums over the cities and towns.

Joe Pater is Professor of Linguistics at UMass Amherst and a Northampton resident. His writing on local Covid-19 data can be found on his website.

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