Covid Numbers – What do they Mean? What’s Bedford Thinking?

Last week The Boston Globe and WBUR each reported the current case count of Covid numbers that were completely different.   I did not take the time to sort out what I was looking at. I’m sure I was looking at apples and oranges,  but that is sort of the point.

What do the Covid numbers mean anymore?  What does a positivity rate mean anymore when home tests are ubiquitous?  What do Covid hospitalizations mean when people in the hospital who are there for something else test positive for Covid, and are now included in that count?   Are the people in the hospital BECAUSE of Covid, (a number not reported) vaccinated?  Boosted?

Personally, in the past, I looked at the Covid numbers as a quick evaluation of my own risk.  I.E., is going to the store riskier today than it was last week?   The current numbers don’t answer that question in a way that makes sense to me.  We recently had a meeting to discuss whether we should report them in The Bedford Citizen.

We settled on posting the current, confirmed case counts for Bedford and our contiguous communities as reported by the Mass Department of Public Health

What’s Bedford Thinking?  Are you still interested in the current case counts as presented in the media?

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