COVID-19 updates: Mass. reports 5 deaths, 881 new cases on Friday

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Live updates for Friday, May 7

5 deaths, 881 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that there are 881 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a decrease from yesterday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 651,740 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 19,784 active cases.

Also, state health officials say five 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 17,316.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 78,071 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,840,584 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 459 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 138 were in intensive care units and 82 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests was 1.39% Friday, a slight increase from 1.37% on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 6

13 Mass. cities and towns ‘in the red’

The state saw a promising 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 13 cities and towns designated as “red” communities, or high-risk for transmitting coronavirus, on Thursday, exactly half of the 26 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: Brockton, Chicopee, Dracut, Edgartown, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Nantucket, New Bedford, Rochester, Springfield and Taunton.

DESE reports 604 students, 65 teachers had COVID cases in last week

The state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reported Thursday that 604 students have reported positive cases of COVID-19 in the last week. That’s a decrease from the 718 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 65 teachers have reported positive cases of COVID-19 between April 29 and May 5, a decrease from 94 a week ago. Those teachers also had building access within the last seven days of their positive test reports.

There were an estimated 690,000 students and 135,000 teachers in public school buildings in the last seven days, meaning that 0.09% of students and 0.05% of teachers who have been in district schools this past week have reported COVID-19 cases.

State’s positive-test rate falls to yearly low Thursday

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there are 1,004 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a slight increase from yesterday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 650,859 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 20,498 active cases.

Also, state health officials say five 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 17,311.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 105,102 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,762,513 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Thursday, 469 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 137 were in intensive care units and 87 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests fell to 1.37% Thursday, a slight decrease Wednesday’s rate and the lowest seen in MA since October 2020.

Wednesday, May 5

13 confirmed deaths, 888 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that there are 888 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a slight increase from yesterday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 649,855 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 21,300 active cases.

Also, state health officials say 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 17,306. One person with a probable case of the virus also died.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 85,569 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,657,411 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 485 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 135 were in intensive care units and 81 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests was 1.5% Wednesday, a slight decrease from 1.6% on Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 4

New cases and positivity rate increase, but new deaths decrease

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that there are 718 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, an increase from yesterday, where we saw the lowest number for new cases since early October.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 648,967 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 22,248 active cases.

Additionally, 5 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 17,293.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 36,039 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,571,842 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Tuesday, 516 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 136 were in intensive care units and 85 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests is 1.6 percent Tuesday, a slight increase from Monday’s at 1.49 percent.

Live updates for Monday, May 3

State sees lowest daily new COVID-19 cases since Oct. 2020

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Monday that there are 481 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, the lowest daily total of new cases in the state since October 8, 2020.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 648,249 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 23,676 active cases.

Additionally, 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 17,288.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Monday that 25,827 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,535,803 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Monday, 522 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 133 were in intensive care units and 82 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests remained at 1.49% Monday, the same positive-test rate as Sunday’s and the lowest recorded total since October 20, 2020.


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