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The latest COVID-19 numbers from Massachusetts

Ryan Huddle

How is Massachusetts doing in its battle against the coronavirus?

These charts, built from data on the state’s website, tell the story. The data comes from daily reports, weekly reports, and files the state has made available for download.

The charts take a state- and county-level view. You can find a town-by-town breakdown here.

At the bottom of the page, several charts provide an overview of the status of the pandemic across the United States.





Daily graphics

The following derive from data included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s daily coronavirus dashboard.




Note: The state calculates the positivity rate two ways. The first method, which produces one of the key public health indicators above, is to divide the total number of positive tests over a week’s time by the total number of tests administered. The second method is to divide the total number of positive cases by the number of people tested for the first time. The state offers only a daily percentage calculated using the second method in its daily dashboard, but the Globe has been able to calculate the seven-day average from data files provided by the state. The chart below shows the results from the two different methods side by side.

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Weekly graphics

The following derive from data included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s weekly coronavirus public health dashboard. The dashboard is released on Thursday each week.





Latest numbers in the U.S.








Peter Bailey-Wells can be reached at peter.bailey-wells@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @pbaileywells.