Covid-19 Information

Northampton Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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COVID-19 Update 11/22/2022
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Information on current trends in COVID transmission:

 

Based on CDC data, 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. Although COVID levels appear to have plateaued, the CDC has released information that this year's flu season has started six weeks earlier than usual, and that indicators of flu rates are already at a level not seen since the 2009 H1N1 swine flu outbreak. A national outbreak of a disease called RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), which is particularly dangerous for infants and the elderly, is also causing shortages of pediatric hospital beds in our region.

 

Currently 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 indoor spaces (such as opening windows, 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:

Starting in September, Northampton’s wastewater is being tested to assess the concentration of COVID-19 viral particles. Since many people are now relying on at-home rapid tests, commercial positive test rates tend to underestimate COVID in the community. Sampling wastewater gives us an additional indicator of local levels of transmission, that could better capture asymptomatic, untested, and unreported cases. These data support the conclusion that we are currently seeing a plateau in local COVID transmisison.

 

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


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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