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Posted on: March 8, 2022

[ARCHIVED] 3/3/22 Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard


What an absolute pleasure it is to report that Easthampton is in the medium category of transmission according to existing state metrics and the new CDC metrics. This is true of the 7-day average and the 14-day average in the city, and is true in both Hampshire and Hampden counties. We haven't been here in a while and it feels great to be back to lower levels of circulating virus. Test positivity is down. Hospitalizations are down. Importantly, wastewater indicators are down - all good signs. For now, I think we're all ready to breathe a sigh of relief.

In the past few months we've addressed vaccine safety and efficacy, pediatric vaccine progress, treatment options, masking, what to expect from the omicron variant and the BA.2 omicron sub-variant, and the updated CDC guidance. It feels like we've been trying to take sips from a firehose! There's not much to update you on this week - the firehose of COVID-19 information slows down when we're not in the midst of a surge.

The best estimate from experts is that we're in what's going to be a quieter time in regard to cases and burden on the healthcare system. Of course, things change fast with COVID-19, especially as it relates to the development of variants. We're expecting a quiet stretch of time *based on what we know now.* Hospital indicators lag behind case numbers - I hope our local health care providers are starting to get some relief from the relentless omicron surge. I also want to stay mindful that while lower case rates mean that even the most vulnerable members of our community are in a safer environment these days, the risk is not the same for everyone and there are those among us who are unvaccinated or high risk / immunocompromised, who are unable to let their guard down and breathe the same sigh of relief. Don't forget about them. I hope we will work together to help all members of our community feel safe and welcome in our public spaces. 

I also hope as a community we use the coming lull to rest and recover and to prepare for what comes next - I sincerely hope what comes next is not too much, but we should be ready. If you haven't been vaccinated or boosted, consider getting that scheduled - see past dashboards for vaccine information. Doing it now, while we're in a lull, means you won't have to worry as much if / when the virus becomes more active again - your immune system will be primed and ready to go. I'm really looking forward to longer days and warmer weather, more time outside, and less time worrying about skyrocketing numbers. 

Stay well and take good care of each other.


Megan W. Harvey, PhD, MS (she/her) 


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