Here’s what I have for today:
- Methuen, MA
- Total Cases: 990 (up 1 from yesterday)
- Deaths: 57
- Death Rate: 5.76%
- Total Cases: 107,611 (up 172 from yesterday)
- Deaths: 7,938
- Death Rate: 7.38%
- United States
- Total Cases: 2,366,961 (up 37,324 from yesterday)
- Deaths: 121,746
- Death Rate: 5.14%
There are two numbers that jump out at me here. One good, one unbelievably awful. First, the good.
Methuen has not had a COVID-19 death since June 15th. That’s nine days. That is incredible. We’ve had 16 new cases in that time but no fatalities. Excellent!
Now the terrible news. You’ve probably worked this one out for yourself. The United States had 37,324 new cases yesterday. We had been doing well enough for the daily increases to occasionally dip below 20,000, but now with states opening up like morons, we’ve topped 30k on four of the last six days. The level of stupidity in my country is utterly astounding.
It should also be noted that through most of the pandemic, Massachusetts has been the state with the forth highest case count. We got hit hard. Reports are now saying that we are the state with the lowest infection rate. That’s good news. In the last few days we’ve dropped to the sixth highest case count, as Texas and Florida have been skyrocketing. Jen and I were looking at the numbers by state a few days ago and we estimated at that time that it would probably take Florida another week to catch us. Nope, they blew past us today. It only took a few days.
….and yet… we’re still opening up for business. Their money is more important to the nation than your health, and even your life. Way to go, USA.