COVID-19 by the numbers: Week of Oct. 23

By Kathleen Moore, Design Editor and Donald Halsing, Associate Editor

Three million new COVID-19 cases were reported worldwide since last week based on data from various sources taken Oct. 14. 

This represents an increase of almost 1.5 million cases since last week, or 3.8%

The number of people infected by COVID-19 in the United States increased by 3.6% since last week, also.

Framingham State University administered 752 tests within the past week, and 3,144 tests within the past 30 days, according to the COVID-19 data page on the FSU website.

One positive test was returned in the past week, according to the page. The 7-day negative test rate is 99.87%. This follows a two-week period with no positive COVID-19 tests at FSU.

A total of 3,116 negative, and 5 positive results, were returned in the past 30 days. The 30-day negative test rate is 99.84%.

Around 3.6% of Framingham residents tested positive for COVID-19. There were 64 new infections, 10 new recoveries, and 4 new deaths reported.

The number of people infected grew by 50, or 2.1%, since last week.

Over 52% of those who contracted the virus remain infected. Over 45% have recovered and  3% about 3% have died.

The overall death rate from COVID-19 in Framingham is just over 0.2%.

About 2.1% of Massachusetts residents tested positive for COVID-19. There were 5,889 new infections, 3,964 new recoveries, and 160 new deaths – twice as many new deaths as last week.

The number of people infected grew by 1,765, or 1.3%, since last week.

Over 52% of those who contracted the virus remain infected. Just under 45% have recovered, and about 3.5% have died.

The overall death rate from COVID-19 in Massachusetts is under 0.15%.

Just over 2.5% of United States residents tested positive for COVID-19 – down from 2.75% last week. There were 488,192 new infections, 197,262 new recoveries, and 6,231 new deaths – over 1,00 more than last week.

The number of people infected grew by 284,699, or 3.6%, since last week.

Slightly over 70% of those who contracted the virus remain infected. About 28% of the population has recovered, and about 1.9% have died.

The overall death rate from COVID-19 in the United States  is 0.07%.

Globally, around 0.5% of the population has tested positive for COVID-19. There were 3,138,392 new infections, 1,651,134 new recoveries, and 44,044 new deaths.

The number of people infected grew by 1,442,214, or 3.8%, since last week.

Out of those who contracted the virus, under 60% remain infected. Recoveries are just over 40%, and around 1.6% have died.

The overall death rate from COVID-19 globally is 0.01%.

Data sources:

Framingham State University

Town of Framingham

MA population: United States Census Bureau – QuickFacts Massachusetts

US and World population: United States Census Bureau – US and World Population Clock

MA data: WCVB, MA DPH

US data: CDC, New York Times

Recovery data: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

World data: WHO, Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

*Calculations for new infections, recoveries, deaths, and infected population size change are made using both data from this week and last week’s data published in The Gatepost.