In the last few weeks, the positive test rate for the coronavirus and statewide hospital admissions for COVID-19 have crawled slightly but noticeably upwards. At the end of August, the average number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital was roughly 300. As of Tuesday, it was over 420.
Why exactly the state’s coronavirus numbers are rising is unclear, said Caroline Buckee, an epidemiologist at Harvard University. But it may be that slight increases in coronavirus transmission that began after the state started reopening over the summer have finally built momentum, Buckee hypothesized.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” she said. “It’s hard to pinpoint what’s driving transmission in certain places. The worry is that gradual trend in increasing cases continues and starts to take off in a situation where we have significantly higher rates of morbidity and mortality.”
Buckee has joined a group of local community and health leaders around the state,