COVID-19 updates: New cases in Mass. fall back under 1,000 again Sunday

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Live updates for Sunday, May 2

DPH reports 4 new deaths, 786 new cases

New coronavirus data released by the state’s Department of Public Health reported Sunday looked promising, with 786 new cases reported---the first time new cases have fallen back under 1,000 since April 27. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 647,768 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 24,104 active cases.

The state DPH reported that 4 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,270.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Sunday that 61,480 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,509,976 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Sunday, 525 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 143 were in intensive care units and 81 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests dropped to 1.49% Sunday, down from 1.56% Saturday, and down from 1.65% Friday.

Saturday, May 1

DPH reports 7 new deaths, 1,115 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Saturday that 7 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,266.

The DPH also reported 1,115 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 646,982 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 24,631 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Saturday that 99,287 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,448,496 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Saturday, 541 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 146 were in intensive care units and 78 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests decreased to 1.56% Saturday, down from 1.65% Friday.

Friday, April 30

DPH reports 16 new deaths, 1,179 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that 16 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,259.

The DPH also reported 1,179 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 645,867 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 25,474 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 84,248 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,349,209 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 559 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 152 were in intensive care units and 79 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests increased slightly to 1.65% Friday, up from 1.63% Thursday.

Thursday, April 29

26 Mass. cities and towns ‘in the red’

The state saw a continuing downward trend Thursday as fewer cities and towns in Massachusetts were listed as high-risk for coronavirus compared to a week ago, according to data released by the state’s Department of Public Health.

The state had 26 cities and towns designated as “red” communities, or high-risk for transmitting coronavirus, on Thursday, down from 48 cities and towns with that designation last week, and down from 59 cities and towns two weeks ago.

The “red” communities on the state’s list on Thursday include: Acushnet, Berkley, Brockton, Chicopee, Dracut, Edgartown, Fall River, Hampden, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, Nantucket, New Bedford, Palmer, Revere, Southbridge, Southwick, Springfield, Taunton, Tisbury, Wareham, Winchendon and Yarmouth.

DESE reports 718 students, 94 teachers had COVID cases in last week

The state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reported Thursday that 718 students have reported positive cases of COVID-19 in the last week. That’s a decrease from the 1,095 cases among students reported two weeks ago. All of those students had building access within the last seven days of their positive test reports.

Additionally, DESE said that 94 teachers have reported positive cases of COVID-19 between April 15 and April 28, a decrease from 184 two weeks ago. Those teachers also had building access within the last seven days of their positive test reports.

There were an estimated 650,000 students and 125,000 teachers in public school buildings in the last seven days, meaning that 0.11% of students and 0.08% of teachers who have been in district schools this past week have reported COVID-19 cases.

DPH reports 1,260 new cases, 16 new deaths

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 16 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,243.

The DPH also reported 1,260 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 644,688 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 26,410 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 94,304 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,264,961 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Thursday, 590 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 155 were in intensive care units and 89 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests decreased to 1.63% Thursday, down from 1.71% Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 28

12 deaths, 1,392 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 12 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,227.

Also Wednesday, the state reported 1,392 new cases of coronavirus. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 643,428 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 27,321 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 102,432 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,170,657 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 594 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 153 were in intensive care units and 89 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests for coronavirus remained at 1.71% on Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 27

4 deaths, 825 new cases

For the first time since November, there are two consecutive days with less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases. The state reported 825 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, continuing the low trend seen on Monday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 642,036 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 28,043 active cases.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests for coronavirus continued to drop to 1.71 percent on Tuesday, the state’s Department of Public Health reported. That’s down from 1.72 percent on Monday and 1.74 percent on Sunday.

The DPH reported that 4 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, down from 12 on Monday. That pushes the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,215.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 51,383 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,068,225 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Tuesday, 628 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 158 were in intensive care units and 93 were intubated.

Live updates for Monday, April 26

12 deaths, 812 new cases

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests for coronavirus continued to drop to 1.72% on Monday, the state’s Department of Public Health reported. That’s down from 1.74% on Sunday.

The DPH reported that 12 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,211.

The DPH also reported 812 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, the lowest reported number so far all year. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 641, 211 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 29,601 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Monday that 42,169 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,016,842 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Monday, 625 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 154 were in intensive care units and 97 were intubated.

Live updates for Sunday, April 25

6 deaths, 1,085 new cases

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests for coronavirus dropped to 1.74% on Sunday for the first time since October 2020, the state’s Department of Public Health reported Sunday. That’s down from 1.89% on Saturday and down from 2.03% Friday.

The DPH also reported that 6 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,199.

The DPH also reported 1,085 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 640,399 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 29,563 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Sunday that 74,524 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,974,673 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Sunday, 641 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 152 were in intensive care units and 96 were intubated.

Saturday, April 24

12 deaths, 1,386 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Saturday that 12 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,193.

The DPH also reported 1,386 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 639,314 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 29,717 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Saturday that 106,144 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,900,149 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Saturday, 633 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 144 were in intensive care units and 90 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests dropped to 1.89% on Saturday, down from 2.03 percent Friday.

Friday, April 23

13 deaths, 1,452 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that 13 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,181.

The DPH also reported 1,452 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 637,928 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 30,262 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 92,155 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,794,005 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 644 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 156 were in intensive care units and 89 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests increased slightly to 2.03 percent Friday, up from 2.00 percent Thursday.

Thursday, April 22

48 Mass. cities and towns in the ‘red’

The state saw promising news on Thursday as fewer cities and towns in Massachusetts were listed as high-risk for coronavirus compared to a week ago, according to data released by the state’s Department of Public Health.

The state had 48 cities and towns designated as “red” communities, or high-risk for transmitting coronavirus, on Thursday, down from 59 cities and towns with that designation last week.

The “red” communities on the state’s list on Thursday include: Adams, Ayer, Bellingham, Berkley, Brewster, Brockton, Carver, Chicopee, Dennis, Dracut, Edgartown, Fall River, Freetown, Hampden, Harwich, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Methuen, Nantucket, New Bedford, Oak Bluffs, Palmer, Peabody, Plainville, Plymouth, Rehoboth, Revere, Seekonk, Southwick, Springfield, Sterling, Sutton, Swansea, Taunton, Templeton, Tisbury, Townsend, Upton, Wareham, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, Westport, Winchendon and Yarmouth.

State’s positive-test rate drops to 2% Thursday

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 17 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,168.

The DPH also reported 1,431 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 636,476 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 31,215 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 102,071 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,701,850 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Thursday, 645 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 158 were in intensive care units and 96 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests decreased to 2.00% Thursday, down from 2.14% Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 21

MA sees 13 deaths, 1,370 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 13 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,151.

The DPH also reported 1,370 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 635,045 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 32,134 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 77,068 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,599,779 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 686 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 156 were in intensive care units and 92 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests increased to 2.14 percent Wednesday, up from 2.11 percent Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 20

MA sees 3 deaths, 968 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 3 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,138.

The DPH also reported 968 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 633,675 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 33,060 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 52,478 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,522,711 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Tuesday, 708 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 168 were in intensive care units and 102 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests increased to 2.11 percent Tuesday, up from 2.04 percent Monday.

Live updates for Monday, April 19

MA sees 18 deaths, 1,236 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Monday that 18 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,135.

The DPH also reported 1,236 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 632,707 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 34,675 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Monday that 38,921 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,470,233 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Monday, 705 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 163 were in intensive care units and 95 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests increased to 2.04 percent Monday, up from 1.97 percent Sunday.

Live updates for Sunday, April 18

MA sees 7 deaths, 1,265 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Sunday that 7 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,117.

The DPH also reported 1,265 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 631,471 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 34,553 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Sunday that 79,078 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,431,312 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Sunday, 701 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 162 were in intensive care units and 103 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests decreased to 1.97% Sunday, down from 2.15% Saturday, and down from 2.28% Friday.

Saturday, April 17

MA sees 10 deaths, 1,694 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Saturday that 10 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,110.

The DPH also reported 1,694 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 630,206 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 34,682 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Saturday that 97,742 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,352,234 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Saturday, 693 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 169 were in intensive care units and 99 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests decreased to 2.15% Saturday, down from 2.28% Friday.

Friday, April 16

MA sees 13 deaths, 1,962 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that 13 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,100.

The DPH also reported 1,962 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 628,512 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 35,100 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 107,587 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,254,492 total molecular tests for the virus.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests decreased slightly to 2.28% Friday, down from 2.30% Thursday.

Thursday, April 15

DESE reports 1,095 students, 184 teachers had COVID cases in last week

The state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reported Thursday that 1,095 students have reported positive cases of COVID-19 in the last week. That’s an increase from the 821 cases among students reported a week ago. All of those students had building access within the last seven days of their positive test reports.

Additionally, DESE said that 184 teachers have reported positive cases of COVID-19 between April 8 and April 14, an increase from 157 a week ago. Those teachers also had building access within the last seven days of their positive test reports.

There were an estimated 650,000 students and 125,000 teachers in public school buildings in the last seven days, meaning that 0.17% of students and 0.15% of teachers who have been in district schools this past week have reported COVID-19 cases.

59 Mass. cities and towns in the ‘red’

The state saw promising news on Thursday as fewer cities and towns in Massachusetts were listed as high-risk for coronavirus compared to a week ago, according to data released by the state’s Department of Public Health.

The state had 59 cities and towns designated as “red” communities, or high-risk for transmitting coronavirus, on Thursday, down from 77 cities and towns with that designation last week.

The “red” communities on the state’s list on Thursday include: Adams, Avon, Ayer, Barnstable, Brewster, Brockton, Chelmsford, Chicopee, Dennis, Dighton, Dracut, Edgartown, Fall River, Freetown, Hamilton, Hanson, Harwich, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lee, Littleton, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Mashpee, Methuen, Middleborough, Milford, Monson, Nantucket, New Bedford, Oak Bluffs, Orange, Paxton, Plainville, Plymouth, Rehoboth, Revere, Saugus, Seekonk, Somerset, Southwick, Springfield, Sterling, Sutton, Swansea, Taunton, Templeton, Tisbury, Tyngsborough, Wareham, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, West Springfield, Westport, Whitman, Williamstown, and Yarmouth.

DPH reports 5 new deaths, 1,884 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there are 1,884 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 626,550 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 35,478 active ones.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that five more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities in Massachusetts among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,087.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 101,521 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,146,905 total molecular tests for the virus.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests decreased to 2.30% Thursday.

Wednesday, April 14

MA has administered more than 20 million COVID-19 tests

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that there are 2,004 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 624,666 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 35,786 active ones.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that 14 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities in Massachusetts among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,082.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 114,256 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 20,045,384 total molecular tests for the virus.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests dipped to 2.39% Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 13

State sees 1,401 new cases, 7 additional deaths Tuesday

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that there are 1,401 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 622,662 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 35,857 active ones.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that 7 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities in Massachusetts among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,068.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 57,829 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 19,931,128 total molecular tests for the virus.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests increased to 2.42% Tuesday.

Monday, April 12

DPH reports 1,376 new cases, 19 new deaths in MA

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Monday that there are 1,376 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 621,261 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 36,775 active ones.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that 19 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities in Massachusetts among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,061.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Monday that 39,378 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 19,873,299 total molecular tests for the virus.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests increased to 2.30% Monday.

Sunday, April 11

Cases, positive-test rate decrease as new deaths remain in single digits

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Sunday that there are 1,831 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 619,885 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 36,466 active ones.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that 8 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities in Massachusetts among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,042.

It is the fourth day in a row that the number of new COVID-19-related deaths in MA has been less than 10.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Sunday that 85,910 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 19,833,921 total molecular tests for the virus.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests decreased to 2.20% Sunday.

Saturday, April 10

State sees 3 new deaths, 2,107 new cases

Massachusetts on Saturday saw 3 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of coronavirus, the state’s Department of Public Health reported. That’s down from 9 deaths reported Friday, and 8 deaths reported Thursday. The total number of deaths in the state among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus is now 17,034.

Also Saturday, the DPH reported 2,107 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, down slightly from 2,184 cases reported Friday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 618,054 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 35,847 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Saturday that 111,370 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 19,748,011 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Saturday, 685 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 178 were in intensive care units and 98 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests dropped slightly to 2.30% Saturday, down from 2.38% Friday.

Friday, April 9

State sees 9 new deaths, 2,184 new cases

Massachusetts on Friday saw 9 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of coronavirus, the state’s Department of Public Health reported. That’s down slightly from 8 deaths reported Thursday, pushing the total number of deaths in the state among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,031.

Also Friday, the DPH reported 2,184 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, up from 1,938 cases reported Thursday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 615,947 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 35,475 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 92,786 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 19,636,641 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 711 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 174 were in intensive care units and 106 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose slightly to 2.38% Friday, up from 2.29% Thursday.

Thursday, April 8

77 Mass. cities and towns in the ‘red’

The number of Massachusetts cities and towns now considered high-risk for COVID-19 transmission increased to 77 on Thursday, up from 55 communities statewide last week classified as being in the “red,” the state’s Department of Public Health reported.

Billerica, Chatham, Chelmsford, Dighton, East Longmeadow, Edgartown, Hamilton, Holyoke, Hopedale, Hull, Littleton, Middleborough, Oak Bluffs, Paxton, Rehoboth, Revere, Somerset, Southampton, Swansea, Taunton, Tisbury, Wareham, Wenham, West Springfield, Westport, Whitman and Winchendon are the newest towns added to the “high-risk” classification.

Canton, Harwich, North Attleborough, Pembroke and Templeton all moved down from the “high-risk” category this week.

DESE reports 821 students, 157 teachers had COVID cases in last week

The state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reported Thursday that 821 students have reported positive cases of COVID-19 in the last week. All of those students had building access within the last seven days of their positive test reports.

Additionally, DESE said that 157 teachers have reported positive cases of COVID-19 between April 1 and April 7. Those teachers also had building access within the last seven days of their positive test reports.

There were an estimated 610,000 students and 115,000 teachers in public school buildings as of April 5.

DPH reports single-digit new deaths

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 8 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities in Massachusetts among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,022.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that there are 1,938 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 613,763 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 35,149 active ones.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 112,416 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 19,543,855 total molecular tests for the virus.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests dropped to 2.29% Thursday from 2.46% yesterday.

Wednesday, April 7

State reaches 17K deaths, sees increase in cases, deaths

Massachusetts reached another milestone on Wednesday by surpassing 17,000 deaths among people with confirmed cases of coronavirus, the state’s Department of Public Health reported. State health officials reported Wednesday that 21 more people in the state have died, up from 12 deaths reported Tuesday, pushing the total number of deaths in the state among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,014.

Also Wednesday, the DPH reported 2,292 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 611,825 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 35,075 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 118,123 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 19,431,439 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 755 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 179 were in intensive care units and 105 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests dropped slightly to 2.46% Wednesday, down from 2.50% Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 6

Positive-test rate climbs to 2.50% while new cases, deaths drop

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that there are 1,566 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 609,533 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 34,652 active ones.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that 12 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities in Massachusetts among people who had confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 16,993.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 61,251 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 19,313,316 total molecular tests for the virus.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests increased to 2.50% Tuesday.


RESOURCES:

- Massachusetts Coronavirus Information

- Boston Coronavirus Information

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