Counties with the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Massachusetts
Counties with the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Massachusetts

Counties with the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Massachusetts

Vaccine proliferation in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By end of May 202140% of the US population was fully vaccinated. However, as vaccination rates faltered over the summer, there were new increases in COVID-19, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which includes the majority of cases in USA

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transferable than Delta, making breakthroughs and recurrent infections more likely. Early research suggests that this strain may cause less serious illness than Delta and the original virus, but health authorities have warned that an Omicron-driven increase could still increase hospital admissions and mortalityâ € ”especially in areas with fewer vaccinated populations.

The United States reached per. February 15 up to 924,037 COVID-19-related deaths and 77.9 million COVID-19 cases according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 64.5% of the population fully vaccinatedand 43% have received booster doses.

Stacks compiled a list of the counties with the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Massachusetts using data from US Department of Health & Human Services and vaccination data from Covid act now. Counties are ranked according to the highest infection rate per. 100,000 inhabitants within the week up to 14 February 2021. Cumulative cases per. 100,000 acted as a tiebreak.

Keep reading to see if your county is among the highest COVID-19 infection rates in your state.

# 14. Nantucket County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 0 (0 new cases, -100% change from last week)
– Accumulated cases per. 100,000: 28,617 (3,262 cases in total)
– 19.6% more cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 88 (10 deaths in total)
– 73.4% fewer deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Population fully vaccinated: not available

# 13. Norfolk County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 178 (1,261 new cases, -46% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 17,979 (127,073 cases in total)
– 24.8% fewer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 306 (2,163 deaths in total)
– 7.6% fewer deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 77.6% (548,571 fully vaccinated)

# 12. Essex County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 179 (1,415 new cases, -47% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 25,450 (200,813 cases in total)
– 6.4% more cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 386 (3,047 deaths in total)
– 16.6% more deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 72.4% (571,307 fully vaccinated)

# 11. Barnstable County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 194 (414 new cases, -46% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 15,887 (33,838 cases in total)
– 33.6% fewer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 303 (645 deaths in total)
– 8.5% fewer deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Population fully vaccinated: not available

# 10. Plymouth County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 196 (1,022 new cases, -42% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 21,688 (113,039 cases in total)
– 9.3% fewer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Accumulated deaths per. 100,000: 366 (1,909 total deaths)
– 10.6% more deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 68.5% (356,923 fully vaccinated)

# 9. Middlesex County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 200 (3,221 new cases, -44% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 19,362 (312,054 cases in total)
– 19.1% fewer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 284 (4,572 total deaths)
– 14.2% fewer deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 78.1% (1,258,585 fully vaccinated)

# 8. Dukes County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 213 (37 new cases, -33% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 19,386 (3,360 cases in total)
– 19.0% fewer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 0 (0 deaths in total)
– 100.0% fewer deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Population fully vaccinated: not available

# 7. Worcester County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 245 (2,039 new cases, -52% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 22,474 (186,671 cases in total)
– 6.0% fewer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 350 (2,904 deaths in total)
– 5.7% more deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 68.3% (567,058 fully vaccinated)

# 6. Bristol County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 250 (1,415 new cases, -44% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 25,942 (146,630 cases in total)
– 8.5% more cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Accumulated deaths per. 100,000: 422 (2,383 deaths in total)
– 27.5% more deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 64.0% (361,470 fully vaccinated)

# 5. Suffolk County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 280 (2,252 new cases, -38% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 25,237 (202,885 cases in total)
– 5.5% more cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Accumulated deaths per. 100,000: 276 (2,216 total deaths)
– 16.6% fewer deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 71.4% (574,269 fully vaccinated)

# 4. Hampden County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 350 (1,632 new cases, -38% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 27,764 (129,485 cases in total)
– 16.1% more cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Accumulated deaths per. 100,000: 427 (1,992 total deaths)
– 29.0% more deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 63.9% (297,872 fully vaccinated)

# 3. Franklin County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 410 (288 new cases, -44% change from last week)
– Accumulated cases per. 100,000: 14,239 (9,993 cases in total)
– 40.5% fewer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 221 (155 deaths in total)
– 33.2% fewer deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 67.0% (47,034 fully vaccinated)

# 2. Hampshire County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 503 (809 new cases, -6% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 15,870 (25,524 cases in total)
– 33.7% fewer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 246 (395 deaths in total)
– 25.7% fewer deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 65.6% (105,549 fully vaccinated)

# 1. Berkshire County, MA

– New cases per. 100,000 in the last week: 514 (642 new cases, -31% change from last week)
– Cumulative cases per. 100,000: 17,464 (21,820 cases in total)
– 27.0% fewer cases per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
Cumulative deaths per 100,000: 311 (388 deaths in total)
– 6.0% fewer deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than Massachusetts
– Population fully vaccinated: 57.3% (71,618 fully vaccinated)

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