State COVID-19 tracking map adds 2 Western Massachusetts communities, Granby and Holyoke, to ‘extremely high risk’ category
Two Western Massachusetts communities were put into an “extremely high-risk” category on a map the state released this week tracking coronavirus cases and transmission rates across the commonwealth.
The color-coded map, which was updated Wednesday, highlights community-by-community threat levels and found that the town of Granby in Hampshire County and the city of Holyoke in Hampden County were two of 11 municipalities in the state with the highest risks of contracting the virus. Read the full story here: https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/08/state-covid-19-tracking-map-adds-2-western-massachusetts-communities-granby-and-holyoke-to-extremely-high-risk-category.html
Free COVID Testing Available in Springfield and Agawam Extended Until Sept 12
The Commonwealth is launching a strategic testing program in communities across Massachusetts that have continued to see a higher number of residents testing positive for COVID-19. Springfield and Agawam are two of those communities. Get the full information here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread
Citing COVID-19 clusters, compliance violations, Massachusetts postpones second step of Phase 3 reopening ‘indefinitely,’ Gov. Charlie Baker says
Citing recent large parties that fly in the face of the COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday Massachusetts will indefinitely postpone entering the second step of Phase 3.
The Republican governor said Friday that the state would not only postpone this segment of the reopening but also ramp up enforcement, creating a multi-agency coalition with police officials to crack down on violations of the COVID-19 regulations that are supposed to limit community transmissions. Read the full story here: https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/08/citing-covid-19-clusters-compliance-violations-massachusetts-postpones-second-step-of-phase-3-reopening-indefinitely-gov-charlie-baker-says.html
Currently there are 1029 positive COVID cases in Holyoke no change
The state of Massachusetts is no longer reporting county data.
Weekly Public Health Report (Updated Wednesday) Contains town-by-town numbers, long-term care facility information, and more: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-weekly-public-health-report-
Massachusetts comprehensive daily “dashboard” illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting#covid-19-daily-dashboard-
Testing has a turnaround time of 6-10 days and many cases are being clinically diagnosed (no testing or reporting involved). All are advised to behave as though they are carriers of Covid-19.
The curve we need to flatten: County numbers graphed over time can be found here: https://www.wmasscovid.com/
Massachusetts has now experienced a total of 8,547 deaths among the 113,198 confirmed Covid-19 cases. *Massachusetts is now reporting “probable” Coronavirus deaths in addition to confirmed cases.