Statewide COVID-19 Resurge Sparks Renewed Concerns Among Experts

United States: The cases linked to COVID-19 infection have witnessed a surge for the fourth consecutive week in the certain states of the United States. As per the official data, during the week ending on May 25, around 61 new cases were reported, taking the tally to 674 to 613 – marking a rise of nearly 10 percent.

However, in the ten communities covered by The Sun Chronicle, reported cases decreased by four, dropping from 22 to 18 during that same week. These communities include Attleboro, North Attleboro, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norfolk, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham.

Locally reported cases have been holding steady between 12 and 22 for the past ten weeks. Statewide, this marks the 11th consecutive week where reported cases remain under 1,000, but they’ve been on the rise for four weeks from a low of 488 reported cases, showing an increase of 38%.

Over the last 17 weeks statewide, the number has decreased from 4,999 to 674 cases, marking a decline of 86 percent. During the week ending May 25, four towns reported no cases for the first time: Norfolk, Plainville, Rehoboth, and Seekonk, as per the reports by The Sun Chronicle.

Health professionals administered 284 coronavirus tests in the ten communities, with 18 positives, indicating a positivity rate of 6.3 percent, about 2 points lower than the previous week. This reflects an increase of 26 tests from the previous week.

However, it’s important to note that the actual number of COVID-19 cases in the area and state may not be entirely accurate. Not all positive cases from home testing are reported to health officials, and many individuals experiencing COVID-like symptoms may not pursue testing due to milder symptoms.

For perspective, the highest number of new cases statewide for one week was recorded on January 14, 2022, at 132,557, while locally, the highest number for one week was 3,463 recorded on January 13, 2022. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, the area has seen 50,887 cases, which is just over 25 percent of the population of the ten communities.

The percentage of the disease in each community ranges from 22 percent to 29 percent, with an average of 24.72 percent. Norfolk has the lowest percentage at 21.96 percent, while Attleboro has the highest at 28.67 percent, as reported by The Sun Chronicle.

In the week ending May 25, the case counts in each of the ten communities were as follows:

Attleboro – 7,

Foxboro – 3,

Mansfield – 5,

Norfolk – 0,

North Attleboro – 1,

Norton – 1,

Plainville – 0,

Rehoboth – 0,

Seekonk – 0,

Wrentham – 1.

Statewide, there were 674 confirmed cases with 197 probable cases, totaling around 2,155,252 confirmed and probable cases since March 2020.

The number of confirmed deaths statewide for the week of May 25 was four, with one probable death. Since March 2020, there have been 23,468 confirmed deaths statewide and 29,979 confirmed and probable deaths, accounting for 1.4 percent of confirmed and probable reported cases.

A recent poll for the 10 area communities reported a total of 520 deaths, translating to a death rate of just over 1 percent. Death totals per community covered by The Sun Chronicle varied, with Attleboro having the highest at 199 and Norfolk the lowest at 8.

Most COVID-19-related deaths occur in individuals over the age of 65. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nationwide rate of positive tests for coronavirus is up slightly to 4.2 percent as of May 25, while in the Attleboro area, it’s 6.33 percent, as highlighted by The Sun Chronicle.

As of May 25, emergency room visits nationwide have increased by 5.1 percent, with no change in hospital admissions. The percentage of deaths nationwide remains unchanged at 1.1 percent.

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