COVID-19 Weekly Update For The Week Of July 27, 2022. New: Latest News On Monkeypox

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by Art and Maura Keene

The COVID-19 weekly update is back after a month’s hiatus. Next week (8/3) we will return to reporting week to week changes in COVID counts. Beginning on July 27, we began to include reporting on Monkeypox which has been declared a public health emergency by the WHO.

As Of Monday, May 24, 2021 The Indy’s COVID-19 Daily Update became the COVID-19 Weekly Update. As of Wednesday July 14 ,2021 the Weekly Update moved to Wednesdays. Each Wednesday we 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 and death count is a substantial underestimate of the actual number of cases and deaths.  This underestimate is thought to be especially extreme under current conditions where the availability of testing and tracking have been greatly reduced.

Archives
The Indy began posting COVID-19 Daily Update on March 18, 2020. Here are links to archives of previous months’ posts. March  April , May,  June,  July,  August,  September,  October,  November,  December,  JanuaryFebruaryMarch 21April 21May 21June 21, July 21August 21September 21, October 21November 21December 21January 22February 22March 2022April 2022May 2022, June 2022

by Art and Maura Keene

As Of Monday, May 24, 2021 The Indy’s COVID-19 Daily Update became the COVID-19 Weekly Update. As of Wednesday July 14 ,2021 the Weekly Update moved to Wednesdays. Each Wednesday we 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 and death count is a substantial underestimate of the actual number of cases and deaths.  This underestimate is thought to be especially extreme under current conditions where the availability of testing and tracking have been greatly reduced.

Archives
The Indy began posting COVID-19 Daily Update on March 18, 2020. Here are links to archives of previous months’ posts. March  April , May,  June,  July,  August,  September,  October,  November,  December,  JanuaryFebruaryMarch 21April 21May 21June 21, July 21August 21September 21, October 21November 21December 21January 22February 22March 2022April 2022May 2022
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Numbers in parentheses (resuming 8/3) indicate increase or decrease in count from previous Wednesday.

UPDATE Wednesday August 3, 2022 as of 8 AM

Total Confirmed Cases in MA – 1,966,919. Total Deaths: 21,127 (MA revised their COVID death counts the week of 3/9, removing from the records nearly 4000 deaths previously attributed to COVID).
Total Confirmed Cases in Amherst –9846 (+39). Currently Active –51 (-1). 14 day incidence average 15.6/ 100,000 (last week, 16.9).
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2565 through May 15, 2021.
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases Beginning September 1, 2021 – MAY 10, 2022. – 4607. No new data since May 10, 2022.
Amherst Public Schools: Cumulative Cases Beginning September 1, 2020-January 1, 2022: 322. COVID Cases form January 1, – February 28 2022: 465. Number of new cases for February 2022: 90. New cases for March 2022:52 (11 cases were reported before elimination of the mask mandate on 3/11 and 41 after). New cases for April 2022: 113. New Cases For May: 240. New Cases for June: 39 Total Since January 1, 2022: 999
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source For Amherst Public Schools – ARPS Dashboard
Sources for Amherst Area Schools and Colleges.
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 93,593,214 (+1,099,196)
Confirmed Deaths – 1,057,239 (+4304)
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 585,650,667 (+8,129,995)
Deaths: 6,428,576 (+20,422)
Source: Worldometers see also: Johns
Hopkins University.

MONKEYPOX CASE COUNTS
Total Confirmed Cases Of Monkey Pox In The USA: 6617
Total Confirmed Cases Of Monkey Pox In MA: 134
Source and More Data: CDC Map And US Case Count For Monkey Pox

COVID NEWS:
Updated COVID-19 Boosters Expected In September. Will It Be Too Late?
(CNN)
CDC Expected To Ease COVID-19 Recommendations Including Schools This Week
(CNN)
Germany Expecting New Wave Of COVID Infections This Fall. Announces New COVID Measures
(CNBC)
COVID Hospitalizations Have Doubled Since May As Omicron BA-5 Variant Sweeps US
(CNBC)
COVID-19 Deaths: US Stuck In Horrible Plateau
(USA Today)
America Is All Too Happy To Let People Die
(Time)
Biden Still Testing Positive For COVID-19 Following Paxlovid Rebound Diagnosis
(CNN)
Heart Disease After COVID-19
(Nature)
Am I Going To Get COVID Again? Here’s What To Know About Reinfection
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
Another Way COVID-19 Is Dodging Our Immunity
(The Atlantic)
How Virus Hunters Are Preparing For The Next Pandemic
(Time)
How Misinformation About COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy Took Root Early On And Why It Won’t Go Away
(ProPublica)

MONKEYPOX NEWS
US Declares Monkeypox A Public Health Emergency
(New York Times)
Monkeypox Is A Global Health Emergency. What To Know
(Medical News Today)
A Worldwide Monkeypox Outbreak
(Vox)
How America Is Screwing Up Its Response To Monkeypox
(Vox)
How Does Monkeypox Spread? What You Need To Know About Transmission
(Time)
What To Know About Monkeypox and Smallpox Vaccines
(CNET)
Texas Universities Urged To Prepare For Monkeypox Outbreaks
(Texas Tribune)


UPDATE Wednesday JULY 27, as of 8 AM

Total Confirmed Cases in MA – 1,955,844. (+11,075) Total Deaths: 21,176 (+49) (MA revised their COVID death counts the week of 3/9, removing from the records nearly 4000 deaths previously attributed to COVID).
Total Confirmed Cases in Amherst –9807. Currently Active –52. 14 day incidence average 16.9/ 100,000.
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases: 2565 through May 15, 2021.
UMass: Cumulative Positive Cases Beginning September 1, 2021 – MAY 10, 2022. – 4607. No new data since May 10, 2022.
Amherst Public Schools: Cumulative Cases Beginning September 1, 2020-January 1, 2022: 322. COVID Cases form January 1, – February 28 2022: 465. Number of new cases for February 2022: 90. New cases for March 2022:52 (11 cases were reported before elimination of the mask mandate on 3/11 and 41 after). New cases for April 2022: 113. New Cases For May: 240. New Cases for June: 39 Total Since January 1, 2022: 999
Source For Amherst – Town Of Amherst Dashboard
Source For UMass UMass Dashboard
Source For Amherst Public Schools – ARPS Dashboard
Sources for Amherst Area Schools and Colleges.
Source for Massachusetts: NYT Daily Dashboard
Confirmed Cases in USA – 92,494,018
Confirmed Deaths – 1,052,935
Source: Worldometer
Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 577,520,672
Deaths: 6,408,154 Source: Worldometers see also: Johns
Hopkins University.

COVID NEWS:
COVID cases rising In Massachusetts Again.
(WBUR)
COVID Pandemic In Massachusetts Is Not Going Away
(Boston Globe)
New Data Suggests CDC’s Guidance To Isolate For Only Five Days After Positive COVID Test Is Wrong
(Fortune)
How Long Is COVID Infectious. What Scientists Know So Far
(Nature)
A New COVID Wave Is Here, Raising The Risk Of Reinfections
(Science Friday)
COVID Origin Studies Point To Wuhan Market
(BBC)
How Is The Omicron Variant Different From Other COVID Strains?
(CBS News)
BA Variant Is Now Dominant In US As Infections Rise
(BMJ)
New COVID Variants Are Dominating. And We Can Do More To Prevent Them
(LA Times)
Five Ways To Stay Safe From The Current BA-5 Surge
(New York Times)
Endemic COVID-19 Looks Pretty Brutal
(New York Times)
Boosters Targeting Omicron May Be Available This Fall
(NPR)
More Than 50 Long-term Effects Of COVID -19. A Systematic Review And Meta-analysis
(Nature)
More Than 40% Of Parents Of Young Children Say They Will Not Get Their Kids Vaccinated For COVID
(CNN)

MONKEYPOX NEWS
US Leads The World In Known Monkeypox Cases
(BBC)
WHO Declares Monkeypox A Global Health Emergency
(New York Times)
Monkeypox Spreading In Texas. Here’s What You Need To Know Aboout Symptoms and Treatment
(Texas Tribune)
Monkeypox Explained: Symptoms, Treatment, And Common Questions
(USA Today)
How To Get Vaccinated, Tested, And Treated For Monkeypox
(New York Times)
Experts Say US Response To Monkeypox Has Been Woefully Inadequate
(Scientific American)

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