The daily Covid-19 stats from Massachusetts show 1,128 new cases, the first time we've gone above 1,000 daily cases since what might have been our first surge was ending in mid-May, and the third day in a row we've exceeded 900 daily cases.
The latest data from MWRA sewage at Deer Island - which give a rough gauge of how many people have begun excreting the virus and so are likely infectious - suggests continued growth in cases: Today's numbers, which are "leading" indicators, show that some samples from the southern half of Boston, South Shore communities and towns along Rte. 9 to the west suggest coming infection numbers not seen since our surge days.
Not that we need sewage samples to know our numbers are already going up. On one test-positivity graph, which shows the rate of positive results per 100 tests, we're now at 1.5%, up from 0.9% a month earlier. However, that's an average of seven days of results and is based on the total number of tests given, not on the total number of people tested - some people get more than one test. Another state graph, which shows daily positivity rates based on the number of people tested, shows that more than 6 out of every 100 people given a test on Wednesday and Thursday tested positive, up from rates under 3% a month earlier.
The number of people hospitalized due to Covid-19 is also increasing - from 375 a month ago to 547 yesterday.
The one good number today was the stat showing 8 deaths - a lower number than we'd been seeing in recent weeks.