Christopher Rivers: COVID spike in county deserves attention

Published: 9/20/2021 3:32:06 PM

According to the New York Times, the daily average of COVID cases in Hampshire County has risen by a jaw-dropping 260% in the past 14 days. Two weeks ago, our county had the lowest per-capita number of cases of all the Massachusetts counties; we now have the highest.

As of this writing (Sept. 17), our countywide per-100,000 average case number is 54: the same as Iowa; only one case lower than Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas (each at 55); two cases higher than Arkansas (52) and considerably higher than Massachusetts as a whole (28).

In terms of the rate of increase over the past 14 days, we are the 10th-highest county in the nation and one of only two counties in New England ranked in the top twenty-five. Again, all of these numbers reflect a radically different situation than the one in which we found ourselves as recently two weeks ago.

And yet, astonishingly, not one single word on the subject in the Gazette. Do you really not consider these numbers, and the trend they reflect, to be newsworthy?

Christopher Rivers


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