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Positive COVID-19 test rates are going up in Northampton, Easthampton, and Belchertown, while Amherst's positive test rate continues to decline, according to the most recent information from the Baker Administration.

In Massachusetts, the goal is that by December the state will have less than 5 percent of COVID-19 tests come back positive.

On Aug. 1, Gov. Charlie Baker reported the state’s 7-day positive test rate was at 2.1 percent, up from a low of 1.7 percent earlier this month. (Massachusetts does not provide 7-day positive test rates for municipalities, only 14-day rates.)

Every Hampshire County community met that 5 percent goal in the most recent reporting period released by the governor’s office on Friday, July 31.

In Northampton the positive test rate went up from 0.4 percent on July 17, to 0.9 on July 29, the most recent information available. Easthampton went up from 0.8 on July 17 to 1.8 on July 29. In Belchertown, the rate has gone up from 0.8 percent on July 17 to 3.6 percent.

Amherst's positive test rate is down from 0.8 percent on July 17 and dropping to 0.5 on July 29.

Since Jan. 1 Massachusetts has had a total of 110,077 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and administered 1.55 million tests. The total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 8,406 people.

Here is a breakdown of local COVID-19 data: presenting the total number of infections recorded per community since the beginning of the pandemic and the 14-day positive test rate, percent in parenthesis ( ), for the cities and towns in your community:


Amherst 107 (0.5)

Belchertown 121 (3.6)


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Californias reported decline in infection rate may not be accurate, official says

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly on Tuesday said that the state’s decline in coronavirus infection rate may not be accurate due to technical glitches in the state’s data system used to process test results.

On Monday, Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia: Dual threats of wildfire and COVID-19 underscore need for prevention The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill Trump vows challenge to Nevada bill expanding mail-in voting MORE (D) announced that California’s 7-day infection rate had dropped over 20 percent in the span of a month to 6.1 percent. Ghaly said the technical issues “absolutely” have an impact on that figure. 

“The 7-day positivity rate is absolutely affected by this and as we continue to update the information we will certainly be updating the positivity rate,” Ghaly told reporters Tuesday.

Ghaly said his agency is working to adjust the figure manually. 

“Absolutely it will be hindered without this information and that’s why as we figure out the IT issues, we are in parallel working with our lab partners to get the same information in a manual form to local health officials,” he said. 

The undercount issue does not affect hospitalization and intensive care data, Ghaly said. Those figures have plateaued across California in recent days after the state experienced a surge in cases.  

Ghaly said the California Department of Public Health officials are trying to determine “where data is getting stuck.” 

“We’re not sure when we’ll have a definitive fix to the problem,” he said.

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