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 4/15, per capita weekly total using 2019 US census populations, CDC transmission level classification. Two-week change used because of anomalies in Easter weekend.
Hampshire – 151 new cases, 93.9 cases per 100K, CDC Orange/Substantial (26% decrease, week ending 4/1: 203, 126.2 per 100K)
Hampden – 1288 new cases, 276.2 cases per 100K, CDC Red/High (3% increase, week ending 4/1: 1255, 269.1 per 100K)
Franklin – 57 new cases, 81.2 cases per 100K, CDC Orange/Substantial (28% decrease, week ending 4/1: 79, 112.6 per 100K)
Massachusetts – 14100 new cases, 204.6 cases per 100K, CDC Red/High (12% decrease, week ending 4/1: 16113, 233.8 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 40%, fully vaccinated 25%
Hampden – at least one dose 33%, fully vaccinated 21%
Franklin – at least one dose 45%, fully vaccinated 30%
Current vaccination eligibility
See this chart for eligibility. All MA residents can now sign up for mass vaccination sites, regardless of status. Check with your health care provider and local health board for other options; this site may be useful for finding currently available vaccines.
Diagnosed cases of new variants of concern
Data supplied by the MassDPH, current as of 4/12, subject to change.
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.
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 (see e.g. –1 for Shelburne). 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 based on the two-week totals for every municipality in MA are available from https://matowncovid.org. 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). “Two week” is the current week over the one ending two weeks prior. 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. “UMass” in the Hampshire table shows weekly totals from data downloaded from the UMass Amherst dashboard. The UMass weeks end a day earlier than the dates shown; these are the weeks that align best with Amherst in the state data.
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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