Spike in Mass. COVID Cases Among Worst in US, But Death Rate Remains Low

Data from the New York Times shows Massachusetts has had the third-highest increase in new coronavirus cases over the last 14 days, but the second-most vaccinated state fared much better by other metrics like hospitalizations and deaths

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Coronavirus cases are on the rise again, and in recent weeks, Massachusetts has seen one of the sharpest spikes in the nation.

The New York Times maintains a chart comparing trends in each state. Ranking by the increase in new cases over the last 14 days, as of Tuesday, Massachusetts was third, behind only Tennessee and Alabama.



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New cases in the Bay State rose by 472% over that time period, the chart showed, with an average of 268 new COVID-19 cases per day.

More than 130 people, many of whom are fully vaccinated, recently contracted coronavirus in Provincetown in a cluster of cases connected to the Fourth of July. Local health officials have advised people in the town to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status.

So far 132 cases have been linked to a Provincetown cluster from the Fourth of July holiday week.

Massachusetts fared better by other metrics. The 14-day change in hospitalizations was an increase of just 8%, the 15th best mark among U.S. states, the Times' data showed. With an average daily death count of 1.7, Massachusetts has had the sixth-lowest death rate in recent weeks at 0.02 per 100,000 residents.

Those figures in hospitalizations and deaths are perhaps unsurprising, with Massachusetts ranking second behind Vermont in vaccinations — 63% of Bay State residents are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19.

In fact, all six New England states are in the top seven in vaccinations, with Maryland placing sixth between Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Still, with the Delta variant spreading, Massachusetts health officials are urging those who remain hesitant to get the vaccine.

Vermont's 14-day change in new cases placed fourth, just behind Massachusetts, increasing by 429%, but the average number of daily cases still sat at just 13. Connecticut ranked eighth in that metric, the Times' chart showed, with Rhode Island 16th. Maine and New Hampshire placed 42nd and 43rd, respectively.

Vermont had the best rate of new hospitalizations among all states, with a 34% decrease in the last 14 days. Rhode Island was seventh-best, with hospitalizations decreasing by 2%. Connecticut was 11th best, New Hampshire was 16th and Maine was 18th.

What happens this fall inside classrooms could be changing when it comes to whether children will be wearing masks or not. The American Academy of Pediatrics released new recommendations on Monday.

Connecticut's death rate was second-lowest behind Alaska, which has averaged 0. Vermont's was fifth-lowest, New Hampshire's was 23rd-lowest and Rhode Island's was 26th-lowest.

Maine, despite ranking third in vaccinations, ranked fifth with 0.21 deaths per 100,000 residents, averaging 2.9 deaths per day.

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