Covid-19 Information

Northampton Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard

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COVID-19 Update 9/29/22 
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Information on current trends in COVID transmission:

 

Hampshire County remains at “high” levels of community transmission of COVID, based on CDC data. In terms of hospitalizations and strain on the healthcare system, Hampshire County remains in the “low” risk category. Last week the concentration of COVID viral particles in Hampshire County’s wastewater was now equivalent to the levels in early December 2021, when the first omicron wave began to hit, it appears these levels have come down slightly and may have peaked. 

 

What are the best ways to prevent getting sick with COVID right now?

 

Currently the best ways to avoid becoming ill and to protect our community are still the same: getting all recommended vaccines including the new vaccine booster shots  (more information below), wearing a high quality surgical or KN95 mask in indoor public spaces or in crowds, regularly washing hands, and improving ventilation indoor spaces (such as opening windows, using HEPA or MERV13  filters). If you have covid symptoms, get tested and stay at home. More information on current isolation and quarantine guidelines can be found HERE. More information on specific prevention measures can be found HERE.

 

Information on the new bivalent booster:

 

New “bivalent” booster vaccines, formulated to be more effective against

The omicron variant of COVID, are recommended for anyone age 12 and older. This means

that both the FDA and CDC have determined they are safe and effective at

protecting against COVID-19 infection and illness, particularly for the variants currently circulating in our community.


The DHHS offers COVID vaccine clinic hours on Mondays and Thursdays at the Elks Club in Florence. Visit https://northamptonma.gov/2219/Northampton-COVID-Vaccine-Clinics for more information and to schedule your appointment. If you are unable to schedule your appointment online, please call or leave a message at 413-587-1314. Currently there are ample supplies of bivalent Pfizer vaccine for all who attend, but your choice of brand is not guaranteed due to national shortages of Moderna. Currently we are able to order approximately 100 doses per week of Moderna.


What is a bivalent booster?

More background - the CDC and FDA agreed in June 2022 that a fall booster with an updated formula would be offered in the US. The vaccine is a bivalent vaccine, which means it targets both the original COVID variant and the omicron variant. The goal is to provide a higher level of protection against both infection and severe disease.

 

Moderna and Pfizer have each formulated their own version of this bivalent booster. The Pfizer booster is available for anyone age 12 and over and the Moderna booster is available to anyone age 18 and over. 


Pfizer has announced that they are working on a booster for the 6 month - 11 year age group, but that application will not come until later this fall. 


When should a person get the new booster? 

The CDC recommends the new bivalent boosters for anyone over 12 who is at least 2 months past their most recent booster dose (or 2 months past the completion of the “primary series” doses of the original vaccine formulation). 

 

 

What if I recently had COVID? Should I still get the booster?

Individuals with a recent COVID infection with or without symptoms should wait until they are out of their  isolation period with symptoms improving or better. THe CDC recommends 5 days of at home isolation followed by masking around others as long as symptoms are improved or steadily improving. The Northampton vaccine clinics require that you wait past 10 days where there is reduced risk for spread to protect the public, staff, and volunteers at the local clinics. 

 

People who recently had a SARS-CoV-2 infection may consider delaying any particular COVID vaccine dose by 3 months from when symptoms began or their positive test (if the infection was asymptomatic). According to the CDC, “Studies have shown that increased time between infection and vaccination may result in an improved immune response to vaccination. Also, a low risk of reinfection has been observed in the weeks to months following infection.”

 

What I recently had another vaccine or plan to get my flu shot soon?

You can receive the booster concurrently with any other vaccine, other than the orthopox (monkeypox) vaccine. This means that if you recently got a flu shot, you do not have to wait to get your booster, and vice versa. If you’ve recently been vaccinated against monkeypox the CDC does recommend an optional 4 week waiting period before receiving any COVID vaccine.


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Learn More About COVID Community Levels

Hampshire County Community Level Tracker

View COVID-19 Dashboard Archive

Questions about the COVID-19 Dashboard? Email healthdept@northamptonma.gov

Note about current COVID-19 case data: The presented data is most likely an undercount of cases in the community. This is due to factors such as lack of reporting of home self-tests and the presence of asymptomatic cases.

Wastewater Surveillance: Wastewater surveillance is the analysis of SARS-CoV-2 levels in wastewater generated by the population. It supplements our COVID surveillance by filling gaps in testing data created by lack of testing, asymptomatic cases, and lack of reporting for home tests. Wastewater data is available, with clinical context, at https://biobot.io/data/Empty heading

Infection and Exposure Resources

Testing Site Locator

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COVID-19 Symptoms 

If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, it is important that you stay home, seek testing, and contact your primary care provider if your symptoms are significant.

Unsure if your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can be very mild to very severe, and can vary from person to person. If you are experiencing any new symptoms of illness, it is best practice to stay home and get tested.

Did you test positive for COVID-19 or have you been exposed to COVID-19?

Information about isolation and quarantine requirements in Massachusetts

MassNotify: Exposure Notification App

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COVID-19 Vaccination

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Questions About COVID-19 in Northampton?

  • Contact the Health Department for questions about local regulations, orders, and advisories.
  • Contact the Public Health Nurse for questions about isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing.

Important Information

CDC COVID-19 Data

CDC COVID INSPIRE Study (NEW! April 2022)

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  • The CDC is seeking participants for a study called the Innovative Support for Patients with SARS-CoV-2 Infections (INSPIRE). The study aims to gather information about long-term effects of COVID-19. Participants will describe how they are feeling by completing online surveys and share their medical information through secure, confidential, cloud-based platform.
  • Eligibility criteria:
    • Must be 18 years of age or older
    • Suspected COVID-19 symptoms within the past 6 weeks
    • Test for COVID-19 within the past 6 weeks (regardless of test results)
    • Access to a smart phone, tablet, or computer device with internet

COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Trend Areas

Live interactive map, found here

More Resources

For more comprehensive information about COVID-19 at the national and global level:

All Northampton COVID-19 Orders/Press Releases