COVID-19 Daily Update

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by Art and Maura Keene

The Indy’s COVID-19 Daily Update posts 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.  

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, STAT News, and the Twitter feeds and/or blogs of Andy Slavitt, Greg Gonsolves, Ezekiel Emanuel, Marc Lipsich, and David Wallace-Wells.

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Numbers in parentheses indicate increase or decrease in count from previous day.

UPDATE for FRIDAY April 16 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 667,066 (+2,123)
Deaths: 17,432 (+15)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2631 (+0) Currently Active – 71 (+0)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2462 (+0).  Active Cases: 52 (-13)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 32,224,139 (+73,479)
Confirmed Deaths – 578,993 (+894)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:139,816,716
Deaths: 3,002,419 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
59 Mass Communities Considered High Risk For COVID Spread
(Boston.com)
Nearly 1300 New Coronavirus Cases Reported In MA Schools Last Week
(WCVB)
Spring Wave Of Coronavirus Crashes Across 38 States As Hospitalizations Increase
(Washington Post)
Alarm Is Growing In Michigan As COVID Shutdown Loom
(The Guardian)
Global COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses Three Million
(Reuters)
Sweden Has The Highest Number of New Cases Per Person In Europe
(The Guardian)
Booster Shots May Be Needed Drugmakers and Scientists Say
(New York TImes)
P1 (Brazilian) Variant Is Twice As Transmissible As Earlier Strains
(Science News)

UPDATE for THURSDAY April 15 as of 9 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 664,943 (+2,244)
Deaths: 17,427 (+14)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2631 (+24) Currently Active – 71 (+15)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2462 (+25).  Active Cases: 65 (+14)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 32,150,660 (+78,098)
Confirmed Deaths – 578,099 (+908)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:139,026,781
Deaths: 2,989,150 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
All Mass Residents 16 Years Of Age And Older Eligible For COVID Vaccine Beginning Monday
(CBS Boston)
Johnson and Johnson Pause Shakes Up Vaccinations World-wide
(New York TImes)
CDC Reports 5800 COVID-19 Cases In US Among Fully Vaccinated
(CNN)
Republicans’ Refusal To Take Vaccine Poses Public Health Challenge
(New York TImes)
Whitmer Says Michigan Surge Due To Variants, Not Compliance
(MLive)
Is It Safe To Travel Yet?
(Time)

UPDATE for WEDNESDAY April 14 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 662,699 (+1,598)
Deaths: 17,413 (+7)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2607 (+4) Currently Active – 56 (-4)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2437 (+0).  Active Cases: 41 (+0)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 32,072,562 (+82,419)
Confirmed Deaths – 577,191 (+893)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:138,133,969
Deaths: 2,975,026 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:

Experts Estimate That Three Highly Contagious Variants Now Account For More Than Half Of Massachusetts Coronavirus Cases.
(Boston.com)
Pause In J & J Vaccine Fuels New Concerns
(New York Times)
Vaccine Pause Threatens To Worsen Hesitancy Problem
(Washington Post)
Study Finds Trump Is Single Largest Drive Of Coronavirus Misinformation
(New York Times)
US Intelligence Community Warns Of Devastating Long-Term Impacts Of Pandemic
(CNN)
Can Colleges Require COVID Vaccines? Here’s What We Know
(New York Times)
India May Be The Country Worst Hit By COVID-19
(Time)

UPDATE for TUESDAY April 13 as of 7 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 661,101 (+1,532)
Deaths: 17,406 (+19)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2603 (+15) Currently Active – 60 (-8)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2437 (+9).  Active Cases: 41 (+3)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,990,143 (+69,365)
Confirmed Deaths – 576,298 (+467)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:137,367,767
Deaths: 2,961,727 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:

CDC And FDA Urge Pause In Roll Out Of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine
(CNN)
COVID Pandemic Still Growing Exponentially WHO Says
(The Guardian)
Michigan Should Shut Down Again To Combat COVID Surge CDC Chief Says
(The Guardian)
A Vaccine Study On 20 US College Campuses Will Determine When It Is Safe To Take Off The Masks
(Washington Post)

UPDATE for MONDAY April 12 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 659,569 (+1,991)
Deaths: 17,387 (+8)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2588 (+0) Currently Active – 68 (+0)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2428 (+0).  Active Cases: 38 (-6)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,920,778 (+50,802)
Confirmed Deaths – 575,831 (+236)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:136,742,411
Deaths: 2,951,431 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
UMass Will Allow Full Dorm Capacity In Fall
(Massachusetts Daily Collegian)
RIse Of Variants In Europe Shows How Dangerous Virus Can Be
(New York Times)
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rise Among Those Who Aren’t Vaccinated
(CNN)
More Young People Are Being Hospitalized As New Coronavirus Variant Becomes Dominant
(CNN)
Hospitalizations Soar In US Midwest
(The Guardian)
Michgan’s COVID Crisis Could Be A Sign Of What’s To Come Experts Say
(CNN)

UPDATE for SUNDAY April 11 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 657,578 (+2,300)
Deaths: 17,379 (+3)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2588 (+0) Currently Active – 68 (+0)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2428 (+0).  Active Cases: 44 (-11)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,869,976 (+67,204)
Confirmed Deaths – 575,595 (+755)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:136,130,917
Deaths: 2,941,271 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Fueled By B117 Variant (UK), Hospitalizations of Younger People Are Rising In US, Especially In Upper Midwest
(CNN)
Michigan’s COVID-19 Surge Becomes A Reality Check For A Restless Nation
(CNN)
Hong Kong, The Place With Surprisingly High Vaccine Hesitancy
(The Atlantic)
More. Colleges Say They Will Require COVID-19 Vaccines For Students In Fall
(NPR)
Will The Public Ever Get A Full Accounting Of Trump’s Disastrous COVID-19 Response?
(Mother Jones)

UPDATE for SATURDAY April 10 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 655,278 (+2,282)
Deaths: 17,376 (+10)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2588 (+8) Currently Active – 68 (+4)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 24128 (+18).  Active Cases: 55 (+9)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,802,772 (+85,368)
Confirmed Deaths – 574,840 (+984)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:135,448,051
Deaths: 2,931,707 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Massachusetts Sets New Daily Record For Vaccines Administered
(WCVB)
COVID Cases Are Rising Among Children And Teens In MA
(Boston Globe)
Nowhere In America Is Pandemic More Out Of Control Than Michigan
(New York Times)
How The Coronavirus Tore Through US Prisons
(New York Times)
Kati Kariko Helped Shield The World From Coronavirus
(New York Times)
Ten More Universities Will Require Students To Have COVID Vaccine To Enroll In Fall
(Forbes)
Both Vaccinated and Unvaccinated People Are Getting More Lax With Their Behavior At A Time When Vigilance Matters
(The Atlantic)
The COVID 19 Is Real. Weight Gain During The Pandemic
(Boston Globe)

UPDATE for FRIDAY April 9 as of 7 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 652,966 (+2,393)
Deaths: 17,366 (+8)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2580 (+8) Currently Active – 64 (+4)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2410 (+0).  Active Cases: 46 (-15)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,717,404 (+80,161)
Confirmed Deaths – 573,856 (+1,007)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:134,663,884
Deaths: 2,918,151 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Baker Says 1.5 Million Massachusetts Residents Now Preregistered For COVID Vaccine
(Boston Globe)
These Coronavirus Variants Are Spreading In Massachusetts. How Worried Should You Be?
(Boston Globe)
What Do We Know About the Brazilian (P1) Variant?
(The Guardian)
Vaccine Refusal May Put Herd Immunity At Risk Researchers Warn
(NPR)
How Herd Immunity Works And What Stands In Its Way
(NPR)
DeSantis Sues CDC To Get Cruises Restarted In Florida
(Miami Herald)
Are Youth Sports An Engine For B117 Outbreak?
(Washington Post)
Sweden’s Pandemic Experiment. How Has The Approach Without Lockdowns Fared?
(The New Yorker)

UPDATE for THURSDAY April 8 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 650,573 (+2,550)
Deaths: 17,358 (+21)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2572 (+8) Currently Active – 60 (+5)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2410 (+14).  Active Cases: 61 (+12)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,637,243 (+76,805)
Confirmed Deaths – 572,849 (+2,589)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:133,844,277
Deaths: 2,904,339 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
What You Need To Know About the P1 (Brazilian) Variant In Massachusetts
(Boston.com)
New COVID Cases Rise Sharply In Upper Midwest
(New York Times)
Michigan Ranks Highest In Nation In Hospitalizations And Deaths As Model Predicts Further Worsening Of Surge
(MLive)
Five States Account For 43% Of New Coronavirus Cases In US
(CNN)
UK Variant Now Dominant Strain Spreading In US
(The Guardian)
More Than 3600 US Health Care Workers Died In COVID’s First Year
(The Guardian)
Notre Dame Requires COVID Vaccines For All Students For Fall 2021
(Chicago Tribune)
25 Members Of NHL’s Vancouver Canucks Test Positive For COVID-19, Several With P1 (Brazilian) Variant
(New York Times)
I Missed My Second COVID Vaccine Appointment. What Happens Now?
(Time)
We’re At The Beginning Of The End Of COVID. Now What?
(The Nation)

UPDATE for WEDNESDAY April 7 as of 7 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 648,023 (+1,803)
Deaths: 17,337 (+12)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2564 (+5) Currently Active – 55 (-4)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2396 (+0).  Active Cases: 49 (-2)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,560,438 (+63,462)
Confirmed Deaths – 570,260 (+978)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:133,141,895
Deaths: 2,889,302 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
UMass Hockey’s Leading Scorer, Starting Goalie, Out Of Frozen Four Due To COVID
(Daily Hampshire Gazette)
Tips For Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment In Massachusetts
(Boston Globe)
Pandemic Has Severe Impact On Human Rights Of Millions Around The World Amnesty Says
(Washington Post)
Brazil’s Daily Death Toll Passes 4000 For First Time
(The Guardian)
One Third Of Severe COVID Survivors Diagnosed With Mental Health Condition
(The Guardian)
How Can We Continue To Keep Schools Safe From The Coronavirus?
(The New Yorker)
Vaccine Passports Emerge As The Next Coronavirus Divide
(New York Times)

UPDATE for TUESDAY April 6 as of 7 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 646,220 (+2988) count includes combined new data for 4/5 and 4/6
Deaths: 17,325 (+44) count includes combined new data for 4/5 and 4/6
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2559 (+10) Currently Active – 59 (-25) count includes combined new data for 4/5 and 4/6
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2396 (+6).  Active Cases: 51 (-4)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,496,976 (+49,507)
Confirmed Deaths – 569,282 (+505)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:132,507,375
Deaths: 2,876,067 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Massachusetts Dramatically Expands Vaccine Eligibility
(Boston Globe)
US Progress Against Virus Is Stalled As Variants Spread
(New York Times)
In Michigan’s COVID Surge There Is A New Kind of Patient – Younger and Healthier
(CNN)
Outbreaks Surge In Michigan Schools
(WXYZ Detroit)
Amazon Found To Have Illegally Fired Employees Who Advocated For COVID Safety Measures
(The Guardian)
European Medical Agency Finds Clear Link Between Rare Blood Clotting Incidents And Astra-Zeneca Vaccine
(The Guardian)
The US Has Had Vaccine Passports Before And They Worked
(Time)
Can I Fly Safely With My Unvaccinated Kids?
(Outside)

UPDATE for MONDAY April 5 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 643,232 (+0) no new reporting since yesterday
Deaths: 17,281 (+0) No new reporting since yesterday
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2549 (+0) Currently Active – 84 (+0) no new reporting since yesterday
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2390 (+0).  Active Cases: 55 (-6
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,420,469 (+37,043)
Confirmed Deaths – 568,777 (+264)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:132,004,850
Deaths: 2,867,769 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
MA Celebrates Two COVID MIlestones Today. Schools Reopen and 1 Million More Residents Become Eligible For Vaccine.
(Boston Globe)
COVID-19 Cases In MA Schools Are Up For Fourth Straight Week As Students Return
(CBS Boston)
Mass Now Leads Nation In High Contagious P1 (Brazilian) Variant Cases
(NBC Boston)
How The Fourth COVID-19 Surge May Look Different
(CNN)
How Long Does COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Last?
(CNN)
More Than Half Of NHL's Vancouver Canucks Test Positive For COVID-19. Many Of The Cases Identified As the More Infectious P1 (Brazilian Variant)
(ESPN)

UPDATE for SUNDAY April 4 as of 7 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 643,232 (+2,453)
Deaths: 17,281 (+32)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2549 (+20) Currently Active – 84 (+54)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2390 (+7).  Active Cases: 61 (+0)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,383,426 (+67,458)
Confirmed Deaths – 568,513 (+903)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:131,413,996
Deaths: 2,861,469 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Mass Becomes The State With Most New P1 (Brazilian) COVID Variant Cases With New Outbreak On Cape
(Boston Globe)
US Gives Record 4 Million Coronavirus Vaccine Doses In A Single Day
(CNN)|
Virus Variants Threaten To Extend Pandemic Scientists Say
(New York Times)
FIrst Confirmed Case Of Indian Coronavirus Variant Found In California
(NBC News)
California Authorities Scramble As Mask-less Crowds Flood Vacation Hot Spots
(The Guardian)
How New Zealand’s COVID Success Make It A Laboratory For The World
(The Guardian)
Deaths Among America’s Homeless Are Soaring During Pandemic. A Photo Essay
(Time)

UPDATE for SATURDAY April 3 as of 7 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 640,779 (+2,440)
Deaths: 17,249 (+32)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2539 (+9) Currently Active – 30 (-56)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2383 (+11).  Active Cases: 61 (+4)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,315,968 (+79,097)
Confirmed Deaths – 567,610 (+1,355)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:130,942,776
Deaths: 2,852,909 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Coronavirus Cases In Massachusetts Schools Hit New High This Week
(Boston Globe)
CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Travel Safely In US
(Boston Globe)
Can Vaccinated People Spread The Virus?
(New York Times)
Mets-Nationals Opening Postponed Due To Coronavirus
(New York Times)
Vaccines vs Variants In The US. What We Know
(The Guardian)
Cuba Could Become A Coronavirus Vaccine Powerhouse
(Washington Post)

UPDATE for FRIDAY April 2 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 638,339 (+2,898)
Deaths: 17,217(+32)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2530 (+4) Currently Active – 86 (-8)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2372 (+8).  Active Cases: 57 (-4)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,246,019 (+79,097)
Confirmed Deaths – 566,616 (+1,355)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:130,327,751
Deaths: 2,842,774 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Tracking Coronavirus In Massachusetts
(New York Times)
Rise In Boston’s COVID Rate Brings Warning For Holiday Weekend
(Boston Globe)
Majority of Counties In US Are Now High Risk For COVID Exposure
(New York TImes)
Pfizer Releases First Long Term Results For Their COVID Vaccine
(Time)
Pfizer Says Its COVID Vaccine Is Highly Effective In Protecting Teens Aged 12-15
(Boston Globe)
US On Precipice of COVID Fourth Wave
(CNN)
Post COVID PTSD: The Storm After The Storm
(CNN)
How Your Immune System Evolves To Fight Coronavirus
(Scientific American)

UPDATE for THURSDAY April 1 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 635,580 (+2,499)
Deaths: 17,185 (+37)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2526 (+13) Currently Active – 94 (+4)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2364 (+23).  Active Cases: 61 (+22)
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: Mass DPH.NYT Daily Dashboard and  Boston.maps
Confirmed Cases in USA – 31,166,922 (+68,994)
Confirmed Deaths – 565,261 (+1,122)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:129,610,651
Deaths: 2,830,751 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Thousands Of Cases Of Dangerous Variant Have Been Reported In US. These States Have The Highest Numbers
(CNN)
Hope Competes With Concern In Virus Strongholds
(New York Times)
Factory Mixup Ruins Millions Of Doses Of J & J Vaccine
(New York Times)
Vaccinating Children Has Become New Front In Fight Against Coronavirus
(Boston Globe)
France Imposes Third National Lockdown As COVID-19 Surges
(NPR)
Vaccine Passports Explained
(Vox)
How mRNA Vaccine Technology Could Change The World
(The Atlantic)

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