COVID-19 Weekly Update

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by Art and Maura Keene

As Of Monday, May 24, The Indy’s COVID-19 Daily Update becomes the COVID-19 Weekly Update and each Monday will post the latest confirmed case counts 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.

Archives
The Indy began posting COVID-19 Daily Update on March 18, 2020. Here are links to archives of previous months’ posts. MarchApril , May,  June,  July,  August,  September,  October,  November,  December,  JanuaryFebruaryMarch 21April 21, May 21
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Henceforth, numbers in parentheses will indicate increase or decrease in count from previous Monday.

UPDATE MONDAY June 21 as of 9 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 709,395 (+520)
Deaths: 17,971 (+32)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2802 (-1) Currently Active – 0 (-2)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2565 UMass Dashboard Discontinued Updates On May 15
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 34,406,618 (+85,477)
Confirmed Deaths – 617,188 (+2135)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:179,402,528
Deaths: 3,885,066 . Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Delta Variant Drives New Cases, Hospitalizations In Southwest Missouri
(NPR)
Delta Variant, Now Surging In US, Could Imperil Country’s Recovery
(Business Insider)
The Delta Variant. What To Know For Summer Travel
(New York Times)
Virtually All Hospitalized Americans With COVID-19 Have One Thing In Common. They Are Unvaccinated
(NBC News)
Pockets of Unvaccinated Americans Threaten To Prolong Pandemic
(Bloomberg News)
Two Americas May Emerge As Delta Variant Spreads And Vaccination Rates Drop
(The Guardian)
In Second School Outbreak In Israel, 44 Kids Catch COVID-19, Apparently The Delta Variant
The Times Ofd Israel)
Just How Big Could India’s COVID-19 Death Toll Be?
(New York Times)
Brazilian’s Protest Bolsonaro’s Role In 500,000 Deaths
(Reuters)
How COVID-19 Became A Climate Metaphor
(Time)
The Pandemic Planners Were Ready. No One Listened. Review Of Michael Lewis’ The Premonition
(The New Republic)

UPDATE MONDAY June 14 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 708,875 (792)
Deaths: 17,939 (28)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2803 (-1) Currently Active – 2 (-5)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2565 UMass Dashboard Discontinued Updates On May 15
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 34,321,171 (110,389)
Confirmed Deaths – 615,053 (2687)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:176,785,779
Deaths: 3,820,908. Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Massachusetts Reports No New COVID Deaths On Sunday and Lowest Number of New Cases In Over.A Year
(WCVB)
Most Blue States Will Meet Biden’s July 4 Vaccine Goals. Most Red States Will Not
(CNN)
Dangerous Delta Variant Spreading Rapidly. Now Detected In 74 Countries
(The Guardian)
Delta Variant In China: Infected Get Sicker Faster
(New York Times)
Delta Variant Could Cause Outbreaks In US States With Low Vaccination Rates
(CNN)
COVID-19 Is Surging In Southeast Asia
(Time)
The Battle Over The Coronavirus Lab Leak Theory
(The New Yorker)
What You Need To Know About Flying Overseas Right Now
(NPR)
What Kids Learned During The Pandemic
(Time)
We Understand How The Pandemic Will End. But Who Bears The Risk That Remains?
(The Atlantic)


UPDATE MONDAY June 7 as of 8 AM
Confirmed Cases in MA – 708,083 (1183)
Deaths: 17,911 (39)
Confirmed Cases in Amherst – 2804 (+5) Currently Active – 7 (-1)
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2565 UMass Dashboard Discontinued Updates On May 15
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 34,210,782 (167,714)
Confirmed Deaths – 612,366 (2822)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide:174,100,798
Deaths: 3,745,244 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns Hopkins University.

News:
Massachusetts No Longer Has Any Towns At High Risk For COVID-19 Spread
(Boston Globe)
COVID-19 Vaccine Lag In US South May Lead To Wave Of Summer Infections
(New York Times)
Children Are Vulnerable Hosts For COVID-19 As Cases Recede
(The Guardian)
US Vaccination Effort Is Leaving Most Vulnerable Residents Behind
(Time)
White House Announces Incentive Plan To Increase Vaccination Rate
(Whitehouse.gov)
Vietnam Sees New Surge With New COVID Variant
(CNN)
Guangzhou Battles New Delta Variant First Seen In India With Lockdowns And Mass Testing
(CNBC)
What We Know About The Highly Contagious Coronavirus Delta Variant
(Washington Post)
The Beginning Of The End OF The American Pandemic
(The New Yorker)
America’s Entire Understanding Of The Crisis Has Been Shaped By Messy Data
(The Atlantic)
Breakthrough Infections With SARS CoV-2 Variants
(New England Journal Of Medicine)

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