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COVID-19, Where Are The Hot Spots? Town Infection Rates And Trends - Hampshire County

Positive COVID-19 test rates are going up in Northampton, Easthampton, and Belchertown, while Amherst's positive test rate continues to decline, according to the most recent information from the Baker Administration.
Positive COVID-19 test rates are going up in Northampton, Easthampton, and Belchertown, while Amherst's positive test rate continues to decline, according to the most recent information from the Baker Administration. Photo Credit: Pixabay

Positive COVID-19 test rates are going up in Northampton, Easthampton, and Belchertown, while Amherst's positive test rate continues to decline, according to the most recent information from the Baker Administration.

In Massachusetts, the goal is that by December the state will have less than 5 percent of COVID-19 tests come back positive. On Aug. 1, Gov. Charlie Baker reported the state’s 7-day positive test rate was at 2.1 percent, up from a low of 1.7 percent earlier this month. (Massachusetts does not provide 7-day positive test rates for municipalities, only 14-day rates.)

Every Hampshire County community met that 5 percent goal in the most recent reporting period released by the governor’s office on Friday, July 31.

In Northampton the positive test rate went up from 0.4 percent on July 17, to 0.9 on July 29, the most recent information available. Easthampton went up from 0.8 on July 17 to 1.8 on July 29. In Belchertown, the rate has gone up from 0.8 percent on July 17 to 3.6 percent.

Amherst's positive test rate is down from 0.8 percent on July 17 and dropping to 0.5 on July 29.

Since Jan. 1 Massachusetts has had a total of 110,077 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and administered 1.55 million tests. The total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 8,406 people.

Here is a breakdown of local COVID-19 data: presenting the total number of infections recorded per community since the beginning of the pandemic and the 14-day positive test rate, (per 100,000) percent in parenthesis ( ), for the cities and towns in your community:

CLICK HERE FOR A GRAPHIC SHOWING POSITIVE RATES SINCE JULY 17.

Amherst 107 (0.5)

Belchertown 121 (3.6)

Chesterfield <5 (0)

Cummington <5 (0)

Easthampton 96 (1.8)

Goshen 5 (0)

Granby 32 (0)

Hadley 45 (0.4)

Hatfield 18 (0)

Huntington 14 (0)

Middlefield 0 (0)

Northampton 289 (0.9)

Pelham <5 (0)

Plainfield <5 (0)

South Hadley 173 (1.8)

Southampton 32 (0.7)

Ware 36 (0.4)

Westhampton 5 (0)

Williamsburg 12 (0.8)

Worthington 0 (0)

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