WESTFIELD — The rate of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases has been steadily rising in Hampden County over the past month, as cases across the Northeast and entire country surge.
In Westfield, the 14-day average daily incidence rate increased from 13 on April 14 to 30 on May 5. Lab confirmed cases only paint a partial picture of the spread of COVID-19, due to the prevalence of at-home tests, which are not reported to state public health authorities. Westfield’s 14-day average positivity rate has increased from 3.07% to 6.41% in that period.
In Southwick during the same period, the average daily incidence rate rose from 17.5 to 31.3. The average percent positivity for Southwick has risen from 5.44% to 9.91%.
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