Recent COVID-19 Statistics For The South Shore Have Been Released
Kristen Arute, Hingham Current Staff, August 14, 2020
Hingham Current File
The Department of Public Health (DPH) released their weekly COVID-19 statistics for all cities and towns in Massachusetts on Wednesday, August 12th. Among the data is the "average daily incidence rate per 100,000" which was used to populate a map that was recently used by Governor Baker during a press conference which identified 46 high and moderate risk communities. The map was based on data from July 26th-August 8th.
On the DPH website, communities are color-coded based upon the average number of reported cases in the last 14 days. Red indicates that there were more than 8 cases on average per a population of 100,000 that were reported. Yellow indicates an average daily case rate of 4-8 cases per 100,000 population; green indicates fewer than 4-8 cases per 100,000 population; and white indicates there were fewer than 5 cases reported in total.
DPH points out that their data is fluid. "Data for these tables are based on information available in the DPH surveillance database at a single point in time," says a notation on the spreadsheet. "Case counts for specific cities and towns change throughout the day as data cleaning occurs (removal of duplicate reports within the system) and new demographic information (assigning cases to their city or town of residence) is obtained."
In addition to reporting some of the fewest new cases in the Commonwealth over the past two weeks, towns like Hingham that fall into the "white" category have also been categorized as seeing "no change" relative to the previous two-week period. No Change means that there was a less than 0.10% difference in the percent positivity. Although towns may fall into a green, yellow or red category, towns like Weymouth and Braintree are assigned the label of "lower," which means they have seen their number of new cases go down.