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Northampton Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard
COVID-19 Update 12/2/2022
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.
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.
Proportion of Northampton flu cases in pediatric patients, by flu season
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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.
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.
CDC COVID-19 Data
- COVID-19 United States County Data Tracker
- COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance
- COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Data
CDC COVID INSPIRE Study (NEW! April 2022)
- 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 Trend Areas
Live interactive map, found here
For more comprehensive information about COVID-19 at the national and global level:
All Northampton COVID-19 Orders/Press Releases
- City of Northampton Department of Health and Human Services Bivalent Booster Clinics Start Monday, September 13, 2022
- Additional COVID Vaccine Appointments for Babies and Young Children Available Now at Clinics - July 17, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Department of Health and Human Services Hosts Infant Car Seat Inspection Event - July 5, 2022 (PDF)
- City of Northampton Board of Health Issues Public Health Mask Advisory - May 31, 2022 (PDF)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots for 5- to 11-Year-Olds Potentially Available As Soon As Next week - May 17, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department is Accepting At-Home COVID Test Reports to Improve COVID-19 Surveillance - April 11, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Schedules COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Second Booster - April 7, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Lifts City Mask Order Effective Immediately - March 11, 2022
- Northampton Health Department Announces Opening of New Weekly COVID Vaccine Clinic Located in Thornes Marketplace - March 1, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Vaccine Clinic Offers Booster Vaccine with No Appointment Required - February 1, 2022 (PDF)
- COVID-19 Health Advisory Issued in Response to Unprecedented Surge in COVID-19 Cases - January 3rd, 2022 (PDF)
- Huge Spike in COVID-19 Cases Prompts the Northampton Board of Health to Ramp Up Testing, Urge Vaccination - December 17, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Requires COVID-19 Vaccine for Northampton Senior Center - December 15, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Departments Ongoing Regional Vaccine Efforts are expanding to Elks Lodge in Florence - October 14, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Expands Face Mask Order- August 26, 2021 (PDF)
- AMENDED FACE MASK ORDER- August 26, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Issues Mask Order - August 9, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Responds to Increase in COVID-19 Cases - July 23, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Ends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, Lifts All Emergency Restrictions Effective May 29, 2021 - May 25, 2021 (PDF)
- AMENDED: COVID-19 Mandatory Policies and Procedures for all Farmers’ Markets in Northampton - April 1, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Issues Amended Order Maintaining Limits on Performance Venues, Event Venues and Gatherings - April 1, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Lifts Sports Restrictions - February 28, 2021 (PDF)
- Order Prohibiting Self Service of Food and Beverages - March 28, 2020 (PDF)
- THIS ORDER HAS BEEN AMENDED TO EXCLUDE HAIRDRESSERS AND BARBERS - Emergency Order Regarding Operation of Certain Businesses in the City of Northampton - March 23, 2020 (PDF)