Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency-room physician at Brigham and Women's with a penchant for health policy, reported yesterday that state stats show that for the third week in a row, Boston has not had any of the "excess" deaths that started climbing as Covid-19 erupted here earlier this year.
The stat comes from looking at the total number of reported deaths this year compared to previous years. When coupled with what we know about Covid-19 rates, it's another indicator of how severely we've been hit by the virus.
The number of deaths in Boston rose above historic rates in mid-March, spiked to a peak just one week later, and then, as the effects of staying at home, widespread shutdowns of businesses and mask wearing took hold, began to drop, almost as quickly as it spiked.
Faust reports that Massachusetts excess death, which spiked to a peak about a week after Boston's, have also dropped dramatically since then, but that the state's weekly death totals are still a bit higher than numbers from previous years.