Covid-19 Information

Northampton Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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COVID-19 Update 12/2/2022
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Information on current trends in COVID transmission:

 

Based on CDC data, as of 11/24/22 Hampshire County remains in the “low” risk level in terms of hospitalizations and strain on the healthcare system due to COVID. We also remain at a “substantial” level of community transmission of COVID. However, more recent wastewater data for the city of Northampton suggests that there may be a significant increase in cases in our community post-Thanksgiving.

 

The best ways to avoid becoming ill and to protect our community are still the same: getting all recommended vaccines including the new bivalent booster vaccine, wearing a high quality surgical or KN95 mask in indoor public spaces or in crowds, regularly washing hands, and improving ventilation in indoor spaces (such as opening windows, and/or using HEPA or MERV13  filters). If you have covid symptoms, get tested and stay at home.

 

More information on current isolation and quarantine guidelines can be found HERE

More information on specific prevention measures can be found HERE.

 

Wastewater sampling information:

Since September, Northampton’s wastewater has been tested regularly to assess the concentration of COVID-19 viral particles. Sampling wastewater gives us an indicator of local levels of transmission that can better capture asymptomatic, untested, and unreported cases. The latest wastewater data shows that Northampton may be experiencing a substantial post-Thanksgiving increase in cases.

 

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More information on wastewater sampling can be found HERE and HERE.

Other respiratory illnesses:

Although COVID levels appear to have plateaued, the CDC has released information that this year's flu season started six weeks earlier than usual, and that flu hospitalizations are already at the highest level they've been in 10 years in children and older adults. In addition, a national outbreak of a disease called RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), which is particularly dangerous for infants and the elderly, is causing shortages of pediatric hospital beds in our region.

 

Rates of influenza in Hampshire County and the city of Northampton show that this trend is also occurring locally. The incidence of flu cases in individuals who reside in Northampton began earlier in the year than in any of the last 5 years, and numbers appear to be rising quickly. A high percentage of these cases are among the pediatric population.

 

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Proportion of Northampton flu cases in pediatric patients, by flu season

2017-18

15%

2018-19

11.1%

2019-20

19.8%

2020-21

0%

2021-22

27.1%

2022-23

56.7%


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Learn More About COVID Community Levels

Hampshire County Community Level Tracker

View COVID-19 Dashboard Archive

Questions about the COVID-19 Dashboard? Email healthdept@northamptonma.gov

Note about current COVID-19 case data: The presented data is most likely an undercount of cases in the community. This is due to factors such as lack of reporting of home self-tests and the presence of asymptomatic cases.

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Questions About COVID-19 in Northampton?

  • Contact the Health Department for questions about local regulations, orders, and advisories.
  • Contact the Public Health Nurse for questions about isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing.

Important Information

CDC COVID-19 Data

CDC COVID INSPIRE Study (NEW! April 2022)

  • Website
  • The CDC is seeking participants for a study called the Innovative Support for Patients with SARS-CoV-2 Infections (INSPIRE). The study aims to gather information about long-term effects of COVID-19. Participants will describe how they are feeling by completing online surveys and share their medical information through secure, confidential, cloud-based platform.
  • Eligibility criteria:
    • Must be 18 years of age or older
    • Suspected COVID-19 symptoms within the past 6 weeks
    • Test for COVID-19 within the past 6 weeks (regardless of test results)
    • Access to a smart phone, tablet, or computer device with internet

COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Trend Areas

Live interactive map, found here

More Resources

For more comprehensive information about COVID-19 at the national and global level:

All Northampton COVID-19 Orders/Press Releases