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

The 14-day positive COVID-19 test rate in South Hadley since July 22, when the rate was 0.6 percent - now it’s 3 percent.
The 14-day positive COVID-19 test rate in South Hadley since July 22, when the rate was 0.6 percent - now it’s 3 percent. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons: Ascalon Studios

South Hadley’s positive COVID-19 infection test rate shot up a whole percentage point since last week - a dramatic gain, according to the most recent information from the Baker Administration.

The 14-day positive COVID-19 test rate in South Hadley since July 22, when the rate was 0.6 percent - now it’s 3 percent.

Chesterfield looks like it has had a spike in positive test rates, but there are still fewer than 5 townspeople who have contracted COVID-19 since January.

Positive test rates have gone down in Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton, Hatfield, and a little bit in Northampton. The rate for Hampshire County’s biggest city went from 1.8 percent last week, to 1.6 percent this week.

In Massachusetts, the goal is that by December the state will have less than 5 percent of COVID-19 tests come back positive. On Monday, Aug. 16, Gov. Charlie Baker reported the state’s 7-day positive test rate was at 1.4 percent, down from 1.8 percent just a week ago. (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 Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Since Jan. 1 Massachusetts has had a total of 114,398 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and administered 1.9 million tests. The total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 8,607 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, percent in parenthesis ( ), for the cities and towns in your community:

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

Amherst 118 (1.3)

Belchertown 127 (1.2)

Chestefield <5 (4.1)

Cummington <5 (0)

Easthampton 108 (1.6)

Goshen 5 (0)

Granby 40 (3.1)

Hadley 45 (0)

Hatfield 19 (0.7)

Huntington 14 (0)

Middlefield 0 (0)

NORTHAMPTON 22 (1.6)

Pelham <5 (0)

Plainfield <5 (0)

South Hadley 188 (3)

Southampton 33 (0)

Ware 37 (0.6)

Westhampton 5 (0)

Williamsburg 14 (1.3)

Worthington 0 (0).

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