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 and here). 

We rely on well-vetted sources to produce our daily update and draw mostly 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.

RESOURCES
What To Do If You Are Sick.
Town of Amherst COVID-19 Information Page
Tracking COVID-19 in Western Massachusetts
State by State Coronavirus Tracking Tool
How To Make Sense of Coronavirus Numbers
How to Make Sense of the Statistics
Covid by the Numbers. Data Tracker.
Washington Post Guide to the Pandemic
How Long Does Coronavirus Live on Different Surfaces
Advice for Safe Grocery Shopping
Which Mask Should You Wear

Archives
The Indy began posting COVID-19 Daily Update on March 18. Here are links to archives of previous months’ posts. March, April , May, June, July, August

Another Source of Metrics: As the White House and some states (e.g. Florida) are now suppressing the release of COVID-19 case and death data, the Harvard Global Health Initiative still seems to be reporting timely and accurate metrics.

UPDATE for SUNDAY September 20 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 127,181 (+599)
Deaths: 9,295 (+26 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,969,917 (+42,131)
Confirmed Deaths –203,851 (+666)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 31,035,726
Deaths: 962,188
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Global Report: India Records Over 92,000 New Cases In One Day. China Faces Fifth Wave
(The Guardian)
How It All Went Wrong In Europe As Second Wave Grips The Continent
(CNN)
The Political Economy Of The Global Vaccine Race
(Foreign Policy)

UPDATE for SATURDAY September 19 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 126,582 (+454)
Deaths: 9,269 (+9 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,927,786 (+51,660)
Confirmed Deaths –203,185 (+948)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 30,734,956
Deaths: 957,189
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Emails From Top Trump Officials Detail Effort To Silence CDC and Challenge The Science
(The New York Times)
Global Report: Anti-lockdown Protests In London. Iranian Death Toll Passes 24,000
(The Guardian)

UPDATE for FRIDAY September 18 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 126,128 (+429)
Deaths: 9,260 (+15 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,876,126 (+47,728)
Confirmed Deaths –202,237 (+871)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 30,389,296
Deaths: 951,216
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
UMass Professors Reflect On A Fully Remote Fall Semester
(Daily Collegian)
CDC Virus Testing Guidance Was Published Against Scientists Objections
(New York Times)
WHO Warns COVID-19 Surging In Europe At Alarming Rate
(CNN)
Six Months Into Pandemic, PPE Shortages Persist
(NPR)
Providence College Issues Stay At Home Order After 84 Students Test Positive for COVID-19 in First Two Days Of Semester
(Boston Globe)

UPDATE for THURSDAY September 17 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 125,699 (+306)
Deaths: 9,245 (+20 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,828,398 (+39,927)
Confirmed Deaths –201,366 (+1169)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 30,072,498
Deaths: 945,813
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
CDC Director Says Coronavirus Vaccine Will Not Be Widely Available Until Late 2021
(The Guardian)
Trump Scorns CDC Director Claim that Masks May Be More Effective Than Vaccine In Preventing COVID-19
(New York Times)
How Israel Became The First Rich Country To Adopt A Second National COVID-19 Lockdown
(Time)
When Will There Be A Vaccine? Inside The Global COVID-19 Vaccine Race
(Time)
Big Ten To Resume Football October 24 With Daily Rapid COVID Testing
(ESPN)

UPDATE for WEDNESDAY September 16 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 125,393 (+313)
Deaths: 9,225 (+6 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,788,471 (+39,065)
Confirmed Deaths –200,197 ( (+1179)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 29,765,666
Deaths: 939,968
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Tests Show No COVID-19 Cases Reported At Amherst College and Hampshire College. Five Reported At UMass
(MassLive)
US COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 200,000. Americans Are Getting Used To The Uncertainty.
(ABC News)
Trump Asserts Coronavirus Will Just Disappear Because of “Herd Mentality”
(USA Today)
Global Report: India Passes 5 Million Cases. Half Of World’s Student Population Unable To Attend School Because Of Pandemic
(The Guardian)
Health Experts Warn Colleges Not To Send Students Home. But What’s The Alternative
(Chronicle Of Higher Education)
NIH Very Concerned About Serious Side Effect Of Astra Zeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine
(CNN)

UPDATE for TUESDAY September 15 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 125,080 (+254)
Deaths: 9,219 (+9 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,749,406 (+39,375)
Confirmed Deaths –199,018 ( (+465)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 29,475,299
Deaths: 933,444
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Nearly 550,000 Children In US Have Tested Positive For COVID-19
(CNN)
CDC: Kids Can Transmit Coronavirus To Their Households
(Axios)
Colleges Are Making Late Calls To Shut Down Campuses. Is It All About The Money?
(Chronicle Of Higher Education)
The Dark Side Of Campus Efforts To Stop COVID-19. Expanded Campus Police Powers
(Washington Post)

UPDATE for MONDAY September 14 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 124,826 (+286)
Deaths: 9,210 (+14 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,710,031 (+31,882)
Confirmed Deaths –198,533( (+374)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 29,217,206
Deaths: 929,066
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Fauci Identifies 11 States With Alarming Rates Of COVID-19 Growth
(CNBC)
Trump Defies Nevada’s COVID-19 Laws To Hold Indoor Rally
(New York Times)
College Campuses Represent 19 of the 25 Worst COVID-19 Outbreaks In The Country
(Yahoo News)
Global Report: Israel Becomes First County To Reimpose National Lockdown. WHO Records Over 307,000 New Cases On Sunday
(The Guardian)
Is Staying Home Harming Your Child’s Immune System
(New York Times)

UPDATE for SUNDAY September 13 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 124,540 (+554)
Deaths: 9,196 (+16 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,678,149 (+38,805)
Confirmed Deaths –198,148 (+676)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 28,985,646
Deaths: 925,341
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
New COVID-19 Cases Have Reached Record Levels In MIdwest
(New York Times)
Trump Pressed For Plasma Therapy. Is An Unvetted Vaccine Next?
(New York Times)
How Colleges Became The New COVID-19 Hot Spots
(New York Times)
Boston College Outbreak Worries Epidemiologists
(Boston Globe)
Michigan State Students Asked To Self-Quarantine After COVID-19 Outbreak
(CNN)
Trump Officials Interfered With CDC Reports On COVID-19
(Politico)

UPDATE for SATURDAY September 12 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 123,986 (440)
Deaths: 9,180 (+14 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,639,344 (+50,896)
Confirmed Deaths –197,472 (+1073)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 28,700,866
Deaths: 920,549
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Pennsylivania, Deleware, West Virigina Added To Massachusetts High Risk List For Out-Of-State Travel
(MassLive)
Boston College Outbreak Worries Epidemiologists
(Boston Globe)
Fauci Says Virus May Disrupt US Life Until End Of 2021
(New York Times)
Universities Fight COVID-19 Surges With Quarantine Dorms And Suspensions
(The Guardian)
How The US Killed Nearly 200,000 Americans. How Long Will It Take To Get It Right?
(Time)
Trump Keeps Lying About COVID-19 Data. Here Are The Facts
(Vox)

UPDATE for FRIDAY September 11 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 123,549 (406)
Deaths: 9,166 (+20 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,588,448 (+37,624)
Confirmed Deaths –196,332 (+1140)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 28,363,562
Deaths: 914,469
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Trump Twists History To Cover Up Pandemic Denial
(CNN)
Early Flu Shot Crucial To Avoid Fall “Twindemic”
(Boston Globe)

UPDATE for THURSDAY September 10 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 123,143 (+181)
Deaths: 9,146 (+5 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,550,824 (+36,343)
Confirmed Deaths –195,259 (+1203)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 28,074,003
Deaths: 908,703
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Trump Admits To Minimizing Virus Risk, Knowing It Was Deadly
(New York Times)
South Hadley Testing Sewage To Track COVID-19
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Amherst Memorial Honors Those Lost To COVID-19
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
How Did COVID-19 Kill Nearly 200,000 Americans
(Time)
More Than 500,000 School-Aged Children In US Have Been Diagnosed With COVID-19
(NBC News)
Trump Administration Preventing Fauci From Discussing Children’s COVID-19
(The Guardian)
Is It Safe To Go Back To College? Experts Weigh In
(CNN)
Huge COVID-19 Outbreak At University Of Wisconsin. County Government Asks School To Send Students Home.
(WKOW)
America Is Trapped In A Pandemic Spiral
(The Atlantic)

UPDATE for WEDNESDAY September 9 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 122,962 (+171)
Deaths: 9,141 (+8 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,514,481 (+28,064)
Confirmed Deaths –194,056 (+470)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 27,774,997
Deaths: 902,601
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Vaccine Trial Halted After Patient Becomes Ill
(New York Times)
College Quarantine Breakdowns Leave Some At Risk
(New York Times)
College Leaders Should Have Seen It Coming
(The Atlantic)
COVID-19 Cases Exploding At The University Of Georgia. School Trained Student Contact Tracers And Then Didn’t Use Them
(Chronicle Of Higher Education)
Coronavirus Cases Spike Among School-aged Children In Florida, As State Orders Some Counties To Keep Data Hidden
(Washington Post)
Is Zoom Kindergarten Even Possible?
(Boston Globe)
The Impact Of Coronavirus On Households Across America
(StatNews)
The State Of The Fight Against COVID
(The New Yorker)


UPDATE for TUESDAY September 8 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 122,791 (corrected)
Deaths: 9,133 (+8 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,486,417 (+28,212)
Confirmed Deaths –193,586 (+333)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 27,517,741
Deaths: 897,484
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Amherst College Builds COVID-19 Bubble Where Students Are Tested Three Times/Week And Can’t Leave Campus
(Fortune)
Local Residents Share COVID Burdens
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
COVID-19 Case/Death Count By State
(New York Times)
COVID-19 Death Rate Rising Sharply Among African Americans and Latinos
(The Guardian)
A Third Of Americans Might Refuse COVID Vaccine. How Screwed Are We?
(Vox)
What Young People Have To Fear From COVID-19
(The Atlantic)

UPDATE for MONDAY September 7 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 130,319 (+366)
Deaths: 9,125 (+9 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,460,421 (+25,996)
Confirmed Deaths –193,253 (+389)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 27,313,578
Deaths: 893,465
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
MA Lifts COVID-19 Travel Restrictions For Three More States
(MassLive)
India Reports One Day Record Of Over 90,000 New Coronavirus Infections
(New York Times)

UPDATE for SUNDAY September 6 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 129,953 (+438)
Deaths: 9,116 (+16 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,432,209 (+42,033)
Confirmed Deaths –192,864 (+718)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 27,097,425
Deaths: 884,350
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
A New Front In America’s Pandemic: College Towns
(New York Times)
Coronavirus Global Report: Anti Mask Protests In Europe. Melbourne Lockdown Enters Second Week
(The Guardian)
Why COVID-19 IS Surging In The US Midwest
(Time)

UPDATE for Saturday September 5 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 129,515 (+212)
Deaths: 9,100 (+23 )
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,390,176 (+54,523)
Confirmed Deaths –192,146 (+1086)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 26,773,771
Deaths: 879,669
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Vaping Linked To COVID-19 Risks
(New York Times)
Bleak COVID Winter? America Still Not On Course To Beat Back Virus
(The Guardian)
Trump’s Vaccine Can’t Be Trusted
(Foreign Policy)
COVID-19 Campus Roundup. Ohio State Reports 882 Cases. U Dayton, 1042 Cases.
(Inside Higher Education)
Northeastern Dismisses 11 Students For Partying In Violation Of School COVID-19 Policy
(Northeastern.edu)
You Don’t Exist. Inside University of Alabama’s COVID Isolation Dorms
(AL.com)
Florida Tells School Officials To Not Release COVID-19 Case Data
(Orlando Sentinal)
Pandemic Recession Is Approaching Dire Turning Point. Many Americans
Can’t Meet Basic Needs
(The Atlantic)

UPDATE for Friday September 4 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 129,303 (+415)
Deaths: 9,077 (+17)
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,335,653 (+44,554)
Confirmed Deaths –191,060 (+2153)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 26,502,108
Deaths: 873,803
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Coronavirus Cases At US Colleges and Universities Exceed 51,000
(New York Times)
U. South Carolina Records 1026 COVID-19 Cases
(NBC News)
WHO: No Widespread Coronavirus Vaccination Until Mid-2021
(The Guardian)
Trump Vaccine Chief Casts Doubt On COVID-19 Vaccination By Election Day
(New York Times)
Seven In Ten New US Coronavirus Cases Are In Red States
(Washington Post)
Coronavirus Can Wreck Your Heart, Even If You’ve Had No Symptoms
(Scientific American)
Penn State Doctor Says 30-35% of Big Ten Athletes Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Had Myocarditis Symptoms
(USA Today)

UPDATE for Thursday September 3 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 128,888 (+0) No New Data
Deaths: 9,064 (+0) No New Data
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,291,099 (+45,854)
Confirmed Deaths –188,907 (+2242)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 26,210,074
Deaths: 868,038
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
U. Of South Carolina Reports Over 1000 Coronavirus Cases
(New York Times)
Steroids Appear To Offer Promise As COVID-19 Treatment
(NPR)
CDC Tells States To Prepare For Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution By November 1.
(Washington Post)
Mental Health Toll Of COVID-19 Is Staggering
(NPR)
All Of Trump’s Lies About Coronavirus Compiled
(The Atlantic)

UPDATE for Wednesday September 2 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 128,888 (+355)
Deaths: 9,064 (+4)
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,258,028 (+33,073)
Confirmed Deaths –189,991 (+1165)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 25,935,511
Deaths: 861,900
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
CDC Halts Evictions Citing COVID-19 Risk
(New York Times)
US Refuses To Join International Efforts To Develop Coronavirus Vaccine
(The Guardian)
James Madison University Shuts Down Dive Days Into Semester With Over 500 Coronavirus Cases
(The Commonwealth Times)
The Faulty Reasoning Of COVID-19 Death Skeptics. A Scientist Explains
(Vox)

UPDATE for Tuesday September 1 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 128,533 (+304)
Deaths: 9,060 (+11)
Source: MA DPH and Boston.maps
Distribution of cases by MA county.
Distribution of cases by MA town.

Confirmed Cases in USA – 6,212,174 (+37,166)
Confirmed Deaths –187,742 (+515)
Source: Worldometer

Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 25,644,096
Deaths: 855,377
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Trump’s New Pandemic Advisor Pushes Controversial Herd Immunity Strategy
(Washington Post)
Health Experts Horrified as New Trump COVID-19 Adviser Pushes ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy That Could Kill 2 Million Americans
(Common Dreams)
Teachers, Nurses Detail 16 Back-To-School Concerns
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
University of Alabama Records Over 1000 COVID-19 Cases In Two Weeks
(Time)
Preventing College Parties. Shame and Blame Don’t Work
(NPR)
Global Report: Russia Exceeds 1M cases. Israel And Spain See 75% Drop In Tourists
(The Guardian)
The Coronavirus Has Made Us Socially Awkward
(New York Times)

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4 thoughts on “COVID-19 Daily Update

  1. ???? I recently read in the Amherst Bulletin that off campus students are contacted by the University if they break town by laws. Does the University in fact due this on a case by case basis and do town citizens know that the process is actually followed? I understand the policy was verbally stated in the paper.

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