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Northampton Weekly COVID-19 Dashboard
Respiratory Illness Update 1/27/2023
Information on current trends in respiratory illnesses:
Nationally and locally, we are being affected by multiple respiratory viruses. In particular, influenza (flu), COVID-19, and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) are all affecting our community.
Flu: Our unusually harsh flu season seems to have passed its peak, and flu case numbers are currently very low. Although the worst is over for the moment, experts are predicting a possible second flu peak later in the season, driven by a different type of flu, called "Flu B." The flu vaccine this year protects against both types of flu, and it's not too late to get it now!
RSV is particularly dangerous for young children and the elderly, although people of any age can be infected and pass the virus to others. Common symptoms in healthy adults and older children are cough, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue and sometimes fever, but when passed to young children RSV can cause severe respiratory distress and even death. Cases appear to have peaked in early December, but this disease continues to circulate.
What you can do:
The best ways to avoid becoming ill and to protect our community are still the same: getting all recommended vaccines including the new bivalent booster vaccine, wearing a high quality surgical or KN95 mask in indoor public spaces or in crowds, regularly washing hands, and improving ventilation in indoor spaces (such as opening windows, and/or using HEPA or MERV13 filters). If you have symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, or fever, get tested for COVID-19. If you're positive, follow all isolation and quarantine guidelines. If you test negative, stay home until your symptoms are improving and you've been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol.
More information on specific prevention measures can be found HERE.
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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.
All Northampton COVID-19 Orders/Press Releases
- City of Northampton Department of Health and Human Services Bivalent Booster Clinics Start Monday, September 13, 2022
- Additional COVID Vaccine Appointments for Babies and Young Children Available Now at Clinics - July 17, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Department of Health and Human Services Hosts Infant Car Seat Inspection Event - July 5, 2022 (PDF)
- City of Northampton Board of Health Issues Public Health Mask Advisory - May 31, 2022 (PDF)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots for 5- to 11-Year-Olds Potentially Available As Soon As Next week - May 17, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department is Accepting At-Home COVID Test Reports to Improve COVID-19 Surveillance - April 11, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Schedules COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Second Booster - April 7, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Lifts City Mask Order Effective Immediately - March 11, 2022
- Northampton Health Department Announces Opening of New Weekly COVID Vaccine Clinic Located in Thornes Marketplace - March 1, 2022 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Vaccine Clinic Offers Booster Vaccine with No Appointment Required - February 1, 2022 (PDF)
- COVID-19 Health Advisory Issued in Response to Unprecedented Surge in COVID-19 Cases - January 3rd, 2022 (PDF)
- Huge Spike in COVID-19 Cases Prompts the Northampton Board of Health to Ramp Up Testing, Urge Vaccination - December 17, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Requires COVID-19 Vaccine for Northampton Senior Center - December 15, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Departments Ongoing Regional Vaccine Efforts are expanding to Elks Lodge in Florence - October 14, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Expands Face Mask Order- August 26, 2021 (PDF)
- AMENDED FACE MASK ORDER- August 26, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Issues Mask Order - August 9, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Responds to Increase in COVID-19 Cases - July 23, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Ends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, Lifts All Emergency Restrictions Effective May 29, 2021 - May 25, 2021 (PDF)
- AMENDED: COVID-19 Mandatory Policies and Procedures for all Farmers’ Markets in Northampton - April 1, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Board of Health Issues Amended Order Maintaining Limits on Performance Venues, Event Venues and Gatherings - April 1, 2021 (PDF)
- Northampton Health Department Lifts Sports Restrictions - February 28, 2021 (PDF)
- Order Prohibiting Self Service of Food and Beverages - March 28, 2020 (PDF)
- THIS ORDER HAS BEEN AMENDED TO EXCLUDE HAIRDRESSERS AND BARBERS - Emergency Order Regarding Operation of Certain Businesses in the City of Northampton - March 23, 2020 (PDF)