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Western MA COVID-19 County Data Dashboard

Based on best available data as of 10/22/2020

Observations about the Data

 Hampden County

  • Springfield accounted for large portion of the new COVID-19 cases in Hampden County during the last two-week period (260 of the 605 new cases countywide).  COVID-19 cases in Springfield have decreased 18% from the previous two-week period (260 vs. 319).
  • Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Monson, Springfield and Westfield were categorized by MDPH as “red” communities with greater than 8 cases per 100,000 population.  Together these communities account for over 80% (492/605) of the new COVID-19 cases in the county during the past two weeks.​

 Hampshire County

  • Amherst continued to account for a large proportion of the new COVID-19 cases in Hampshire County during the last two-week period (27 of the 82 new cases countywide).  COVID-19 cases in Amherst decreased 70% from the previous two-week period (27 vs. 89), and per the MDPH, at least 30% of the new COVID-19 cases can be attributed to a cluster outbreak at a single institution. 

Community-Level COVID-19 Data Over Time

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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