last updated 01/02/2021
BASIC STATS ON COVID-19 DEATHS IN MASSACHUSETTS
- Average age of COVID-19 death in Massachusetts: 81yrs
- Proportion of COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts associated with an underlying condition: 98.2%
- Proportion of COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts in Long Term Care facilities: 58.7% (see here)
HOW DOES OUR REGION COMPARE TO OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD?
- Massachusetts has suffered more COVID-19 deaths/million than all European countries and all US States except New Jersey and New York:
- COVID-19 cumulative deaths/million in Massachusetts: 1,814 (worldometers, 1/2/2021)
- COVID-19 cumulative deaths/million in the USA: 1,080 (worldometers, 1/2/2021)
- COVID-19 cumulative deaths/million in hardest-hit European country of Belgium: 1,737 (1/2/2021)
- Massachusetts’ rank among States, by deaths/million: 3rd (after New Jersey and New York)
- As of 1/2/20, Hampshire County has suffered more COVID-19 deaths/million than the US National average and most European countries including Italy, the UK, Spain (and many more than Sweden)
- COVID-19 cumulative deaths/million in Hampshire County: 1,250 (calculated from here and here, 1/2/2020)
- Italy 1,241; UK 1,096; Spain 1,087; Sweden 861 (worldometers, 1/2/2021)
WHEN DID MOST COVID-19 DEATHS IN MASSACHUSETTS HAPPEN? AND ARE WE STILL SEEING HIGH EXCESS MORTALITY?
- The large majority of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 deaths occurred before July 2020 (e.g., see here, scroll down to plot of Daily Reported Deaths, observe area under curve)
- From early April to early June 2020, Massachusetts saw thousands of excess deaths, compared to recent prior years (see here – scroll down to the plot and select Massachusetts as the jurisdiction).
- Since July 2020, Massachusetts has recorded:
- fewer than 100 excess deaths in total from any cause, compared to recent prior years (see here, true of data reported up to 1/2/2021).
- The above two facts clearly do not square with each other. See here for a discussion of whether we have been over-attributing deaths to COVID-19 in Massachusetts in recent months.