Across Two Waves: COVID-19 Disparities in Massachusetts
From the Boston Foundation article:
As we approach the end of 2020, we stand at an interesting time in the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been nine months since Massachusetts—and many other states—declared a state of emergency. Over that time, public policymakers have put in place a wide array of measures and policies aimed at stopping the spread of the virus and helping relieve pressure on the public health infrastructure.
As is well-known by residents of this state, the outbreak in Massachusetts was particularly severe early in the pandemic, when several northeastern states (including Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey) suffered extremely high COVID-19 caseloads. More recently, we’ve seen dramatic increases in testing across the state, and lower positivity rates, cases per capita and death rates. Despite these positive indicators, broad concerns remain as Massachusetts and its most vulnerable populations struggle through the second wave of COVID-19 infections.
December 18, 2020