Recent COVID-19 Statistics For The South Shore Have Been Released
Greg Lane, Hingham Current Staff, September 9, 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, September 9th. Among the data is the "average daily incidence rate per 100,000".
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."
While the South Shore continues to report some of the some of the fewest new cases in the Commonwealth, Hingham, Hull, Quincy, Hanover, Weymouth, Duxbury, Marshfield, Rockland and Whitman have seen their number of new cases go up relative to the previous two week period over the past two weeks. At the same time, towns like Braintree, Scituate, Abington, Randolph, Braintree and Plymouth reported fewer new cases and Cohasset, Pembroke, Hanson and Norwell have been categorized as seeing "no change". No Change means that there was a less than 0.10% difference in the percent positivity.