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Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard

Based on best available data as of 10/8/2020

Observations about the data

Hampden County
  • Springfield accounted for large proportion of the new COVID-19 cases in Hampden County during the last two-week period (324 of the 530 new cases countywide)

  • Springfield and Holyoke were categorized by MDPH as “red” communities in Hampden County with greater than 8 cases per 100,000 population

  • COVID-19 cases in Holyoke nearly doubled from the previous two-week period (62 vs. 34)

Hampshire County
  • Amherst accounted for a large proportion of the new COVID-19 cases in Hampshire County during the last two-week period (95 of the 126 new cases countywide) and was designated as a “red” community by MDPH with greater than 8 cases per 100,000 population

  • Cases in Amherst increased four-fold from the previous two-week period likely driven in large part by an outbreak among students at UMass, Amherst during this time period.  

Franklin County
  • Cases remain fairly low in Franklin County. Sunderland experienced a noticeable increase from the last reporting period (11 in the past two-week period) and was designated as a “red” community by MDPH with greater than 8 cases per 100,000 population

Data Sources and Notes

  • Sources: MDPH, https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting
    •  MDPH Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report. Current two week data is from most recent Public Health Report. Prior two week data is from prior week’s Public Health Report. Please note that there is an overlap in periods as MDPH reports weekly on rolling two week reporting periods, which they use for their comparisons. We report data in this way to be consistent with MDPH reporting.
    • MDPH COVID-19 Daily Dashboard. Date corresponding to most recent MDPH Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report.  
  • Comparisons to previous two-week period: Symbols indicate change when compared to prior two-week period.  For new cases, incidence per 100,000, and total tests: Higher (upward arrow) means the number in the current two-week period is higher than the prior period. Lower (downward arrow) means the number in the current two-week period is lower than prior two-week period. No change (equal sign) means the number in the current two-week period is the same as the prior period. For percent positivity: less than 0.10% difference in the percent positivity is considered No change (equal sign). 
  • Race and ethnicity data by county and community is not available at this time.
  • Change in reporting: MDPH changed their reporting of county data on 8/12/20. Previously, county cases were in the Daily COVID-19 Dashboard report and included probable and confirmed cases. Beginning 8/12/20, county data is now reported in the Weekly COVID-19 report and cases only include confirmed cases. Thus, we are not currently able to show new case county-level data and other county-level data over time for periods prior to 8/12/20.
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