Coronavirus in Massachusetts

We acknowledge that it's important to look at COVID-19 data through an equity lens, and we will be working to do this as the data becomes available. Having data by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, language, disability status, age, and geography will help us understand where the burden of disease is falling, and thus more effectively respond to COVID-19 and support our communities.  PHIWM is advocating for expanded demographic data collection about COVID-19.

Data Should be Interpreted with Caution

It is important to examine data to understand racial and ethnic inequities related to COVID-19 so that action can be taken to address inequities.  National level data has demonstrated inequities among communities of color and though these inequities likely exist in many places across the country, Massachusetts testing data collected to date should be interpreted cautiously.  Race and ethnicity data was not initially collected for cases, so data being examined has a large percentage who were missing race and ethnicity and were classified as "unknown". In addition, testing has been very limited due to shortages in availability of testing materials, and many people who may have had the disease were not able to be tested. Thus, the percent testing positive is dependent on who is tested and not necessarily reflective of the distribution of COVID-19 in the general population.

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Data Archive

Jul
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July, 30th 2020
As of July 26, 2020, there were 9,412 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases and 917 COVID-19 confirmed or suspected deaths in Western Massachusetts.
Jul
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July, 23rd 2020
Like the state overall, Western MA has experienced a decrease in new COVID-19 cases since April. The number of new COVID-19 cases each week has remained fairly steady since the beginning of June, with less than 200 new cases each week.
Jul
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July, 16th 2020
According to MDPH’s COVID-19 Dashboard, COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations, the percentage of people testing positive, and the number of hospitals using surge capacity have all continued to decline. Although MA is faring better than much of the country, it is essential to remain vigilant.
Jun
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June, 25th 2020
On June 19th, MA DPH’s COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory group released new data that highlights disparities in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths for different races and ethnicities.
Jun
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June, 17th 2020
COVID-19 Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities Account for Large Percentage of Total Deaths in Western MA and statewide.
Jun
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June, 10th 2020
It’s been three weeks since Massachusetts began the first phase of reopening, and on Monday June 8th, we entered Phase 2.
Jun
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June, 3rd 2020
County-level data available on the MDPH website also continue to suggest a decline in COVID-19 deaths in Western MA since April 21st when examining 3-day average number of COVID-19 deaths.
May
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May, 20th 2020
A look at COVID-19 related deaths in Massachusetts and Western MA.
May
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May, 14th 2020
A look at current confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in Western Massachusetts.
May
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May, 7th 2020
Select data from MDPH's COVID-19 Data Dashboard, including county-level and statewide stats, as well as cautions about interpreting COVID-19 data.
May
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May, 1st 2020
It is important to examine data to understand racial and ethnic inequities related to COVID-19 so that action can be taken to address inequities; however, caution should be exercised when interpreting the data.

 

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