Coronavirus Update in Massachusetts


Lila Won

Covid cases have dropped significantly since January in Massachusetts.

There is a daily average of 1,663 cases out of which 520 are hospitalized and 14 of which die. This may seem devastating, but it is actually an improvement from a few months ago. On January 12th, the daily average was a staggering 6,475 cases. So yes, we are in a fairly good situation right now. Not a good one, but not as bad as it may seem.
Massachusetts is the 18th state ranked in covid cases with a total amount of 802,829 cases. Out of that number, only 18,627 people died. Further infection can be slowed through several preventative measures.

Vaccinations prevent covid from spreading, which keeps death rates down as well. To what extent, we don’t know, but a CDC report stated that unvaccinated people are 11x more likely to die to covid than vaccinated people and 10x more likely to be hospitalized.

The CDC website reported that “Compared with 18- to 29-year-olds, the rate of death is four times higher in 30- to 39-year-olds, and 600 times higher in those who are 85 years and older”. -Age group most commonly infected: 20-29
-Age group with the highest death rate: 65+

Winter is fast approaching, and there is a chance that cases will continue to rise from everyone gathering indoors where there is more risk of infection. Cases dipped briefly during June and the beginning of July, but have been slowly rising since school started up again. When cases start to decline, we get comfortable and maybe a bit too lax in preventative measures such as social distancing, mask wearing and so on. This contributes to cases rising again, amongst other factors.

High-risk communities have been listed as Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Monson, Nantucket, New Bedford, Plainville, Revere, Saugus, Tyngsborough, Winthrop, Wrentham and Worcester. It is recommended that elderly and immunocompromised people stay away from high risk areas and actively social distance.