COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE

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by Art and Maura Keene

The Indy’s COVID-19 Daily Update will post the daily confirmed case count for Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Massachusetts, for the nation and for the globe.  

Making Sense of the Numbers
Authorities caution that the confirmed case count is a substantial underestimate of the actual number of cases because access to testing in the United States is still severely limited.  Only about 10% to 15% of all cases are being confirmed in the U.S. said Andrew Lover of UMass Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences. (For more information on testing see here and here, and here and here). 

We rely on well-vetted sources to produce our daily update and our resource page and mostly draw from the following: Center for Disease Control,(CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Johns Hopkins University, Yale School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Washington PostNew York Times, The Guardian, NPR, MSNBC, NBC, Stat News, and the Twitter feeds and/or blogs of Andy Slavitt, Greg Gonsolves, Ezekiel Emanuel, Marc Lipsich, and David Wallace-Wells.

The Daily Update will also post links to the latest news articles covering the emergency for Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Counties as well as timely announcements.

Note: We began posting our daily update on March 18, 2020. Postings for the month of March are archived here.

The Indy’s COVID-19 Resource Page: News, Analysis, Resources.
What To Do If You Are Sick.
Town of Amherst COVID-19 Information Page
State by State Coronavirus Tracking Tool
How To Make Sense of Coronavirus Numbers
Covid by the Numbers. Data Tracker.
Washington Post Guide to the Pandemic
Tracking COVID-19 in Western Massachusetts

UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY  APRIL 8 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 15,202
Deaths: 356
Source: MA DPH andBoston.mapsDistribution of cases by county.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 400,549
Confirmed Deaths – 12,857
Source: Worldometers (Note:  Worldometers, NPR, New York Times, MSNBC, and John’s Hopkins University sites appear to be tracking case counts dynamically.  CDC’s site is filled with useful information but only updates its case counts once daily at noon).

Confirmed Cases Worldwide – 1,444,822
Deaths: 83,103
Source:Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

NEWS:
Wuhan Province Reopens After Coronavirus Lockdown
(Time)
Cooley Dickinson Treating 24 for COVID-19, Baystate, 168.
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
New Zealand’s Effective Response to COVID-19
(Washington Post)
Trump Pledges to Withhold Funding to World Health Organization
(STAT News)
Trump Was Warned in January of COVID-19’s Devastating Impact
(The Guardian)
Inside One Hard-hit Hospital Near New Orleans
(The Guardian)
Lockdown in CA Effectively Slows Spread of Virus. LA Mandates Wearing Masks in Public Places.
(New York Times)

UPDATE FOR TUESDAY  APRIL 7 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 13,827
Deaths: 260
Source: MA DPH andBoston.mapsDistribution of cases by county.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 367,650
Confirmed Deaths – 10,943
Source: Worldometers (Note:  Worldometers, NPR, New York Times, MSNBC, and John’s Hopkins University sites appear to be tracking case counts dynamically.  CDC’s site is filled with useful information but only updates its case counts once daily at noon).

Confirmed Cases Worldwide – 1,360,247
Deaths: 75,962
Source:Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

NEWS:
Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection
(New York Times)
147 Confirmed Cases in Hampshire County
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Amid Pandemic Amherst Survival Center Sees Spike in Clients
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)

UPDATE FOR MONDAY  APRIL 6 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 12,500
Deaths: 231
Source: MA DPH andBoston.mapsDistribution of cases by county.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 336,851
Confirmed Deaths – 9,620
Source: Worldometers (Note:  Worldometers, NPR, New York Times, MSNBC, and John’s Hopkins University sites appear to be tracking case counts dynamically.  CDC’s site is filled with useful information but only updates its case counts once daily at noon).

Confirmed Cases Worldwide – 1,285,342
Deaths: 70,344
Source:Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

NEWS:
Nation is Told to Brace for Difficult Week Ahead
(Washington Post)
Fauchi: No Evidence Anti-Malarial Drug Works Against Virus.
(The Guardian)
McGovern: States Competing Against Feds for Critical Medical Supplies is Like the Hunger Games
(MassLive)

UPDATE FOR SUNDAY  APRIL 5 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 11,736
Deaths: 218
Source: MA DPH andBoston.mapsDistribution of cases by county.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 336,851
Confirmed Deaths – 9,620 Source: Worldometers (Note:  Worldometers, NPR, New York Times, MSNBC, and John’s Hopkins University sites appear to be tracking case counts dynamically.  CDC’s site is filled with useful information but only updates its case counts once daily at noon).

Confirmed Cases Worldwide – 1,285,342
Deaths: 70,344
Source:Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

NEWS:
70 Days of Denial and Dysfunction as Coronavirus Raged
(Washington Post)
Corona Virus Scammers: A Surge in Frauds and Cons.
(New York Times)
Creative Solutions for the Nation’s Post-Corona Recovery
(Washington Post)
What Factors Determine How Coronavirus Will Play Out in Different Communities?
(STAT News)

UPDATE FOR SATURDAY  APRIL 4 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 10,402
Deaths: 192
Source: MA DPH andBoston.mapsDistribution of cases by county.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 277,607
Confirmed Deaths – 7,406
Source: Worldometers (Note:  Worldometers, NPR, New York Times, MSNBC, and John’s Hopkins University sites appear to be tracking case counts dynamically.  CDC’s site is filled with useful information but only updates its case counts once daily at noon).

Confirmed Cases Worldwide – 1,133,453
Deaths: 60,381
Source:Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

NEWS:
CDC Says All Americans Should Wear Masks
(New York Times)
Inside the Coronavirus Testing Failure: Alarm and Dismay Among Scientists Who Sought to Help.
(Washington Post)

UPDATE FOR FRIDAY APRIL 3 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 8,966
Deaths: 154
Source: MA DPH and Boston.mapsDistribution of cases by county.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 245,422
Confirmed Deaths – 6,098
Source: Worldometers (Note:  Worldometers, NPR, New York Times, MSNBC, and John’s Hopkins University sites appear to be tracking case counts dynamically.  CDC’s site is filled with useful information but only updates its case counts once daily at noon).

Confirmed Cases Worldwide – 1,030,654
Deaths:  54,231
Source:Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

NEWS:
Half the World is Under Stay-at-Home Order
(New York Times)
White House Set to Recommend Wearing Masks
(Stat News)
The Case for Cloth Mask Adoption
(Yale Public Health)
Veteran Deaths at Holyoke Soldiers Home Rise to 18
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Dear Jo: Senator Jo Comerford Answers Constituents’ Questions on Navigating a Brutal Time
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Over 10 Million Americans Applied for Unemployment Benefits in March as Economy Collapsed
(Washington Post)

UPDATE FOR THURSDAY APRIL 2 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 7,738
Deaths: 122
Source: MA DPH and NBC Distribution of cases by county.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 215,357
Confirmed Deaths – 5,113
Source: Worldometers (Note:  Worldometers, NPR, New York Times, MSNBC, and John’s Hopkins University sites appear to be tracking case counts dynamically.  CDC’s site is filled with useful information but only updates its case counts once daily at noon).

Confirmed Cases Worldwide – 954,461
Deaths:  48,558
Source:Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

NEWS:
What We Need to Understand About Asymptomatic Carriers if We Hope to Beat Coronavirus.
(ProPublica)
List of People Who Will Not Qualify for $1200 Relief Checks Keeps Growing.
(Washington Post)
With Cases Surging in Florida,  Governor Relents and Issues Stay-at-Home Order
(Washington Post)
Plastics Industry Sees Opportunity in COVID-19 Emergency to Undo Plastic Bag Bans
(New York Times)
COVID 19 Could Strike the Final Blow to Local News.
(The Guardian)
COVID-19 Scam Roundup
(Tripwire)
How Can We Make Sense of All of Those COVID Models?
(The Atlantic)

UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 1 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 6,620
Deaths: 89
Source: MA DPH and NBC Distribution of cases by county.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 188,639
Confirmed Deaths – 4,059
Source: Worldometers (Note:  Worldometers, NPR, New York Times, MSNBC, and John’s Hopkins University sites appear to be tracking case counts dynamically.  CDC’s site is filled with useful information but only updates its case counts once daily at noon).

Confirmed Cases Worldwide – 874,607
Deaths:  43,430
Source:Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

NEWS:
Task Force Paints Grim Picture for Coming Weeks
(Washington Post)
COVID-19 Community Updates for Hampshire Country
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)

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  1. Kudos go out to Team Keene for this excellent, well-researched, fact based information that we all need or will need to know as the weeks of uncertainty churn on. Appreciative thanks, Maura and Art.

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