COVID-19 updates: Mass. reports 5 deaths, 494 new cases Sunday

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State reports 5 deaths, 494 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Sunday that there were 5 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushed the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,394. One death of a person with a probable case of the virus was also reported.

DPH also reported 494 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, down from 657 cases reported Saturday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 656,838 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 14,146 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Sunday that 44,094 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 22,364,388 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Sunday, 337 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 94 were in intensive care units and 55 were intubated. The average age of people hospitalized Sunday was 55 years old.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests fell to 1.00% Sunday, down slightly from 1.03% Saturday.

Saturday, May 15

State reports 5 deaths, 657 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Saturday that there were 5 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, down from 18 deaths reported Friday. That pushed the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,389.

DPH also reported 657 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, an increase from 337 cases reported Friday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 656,344 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 14,396 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Saturday that 89,990 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 22,320,294 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Saturday, 352 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 97 were in intensive care units and 58 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests fell to 1.03% Saturday, down from 1.14% Friday.

Friday, May 14

State reports 18 deaths, 337 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that there were 18 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, double the number of deaths reported Thursday. That pushed the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,384. Two people with probable cases of the virus also died, the state reported.

DPH also reported 337 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a decrease from the 616 cases reported Thursday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 655,687 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 14,884 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 39,481 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 22,230,304 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 376 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 104 were in intensive care units and 63 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests dropped to 1.14% Friday, down from 1.15% Friday.

Thursday, May 13

6 Mass. cities and towns ‘in the red’

The state saw a continuing and 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 just 6 cities and towns designated as “red” communities, or high-risk for transmitting coronavirus, on Thursday, half of the 13 cities and towns with that designation last week, and down from 26 cities and towns two weeks ago.

The “red” communities on the state’s list on Thursday include: Lowell, Lawrence, New Bedford, Taunton, Edgartown and Acushnet.

State reports 616 new cases, 9 new deaths

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there were 9 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushed the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,366.

DPH also reported 616 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a slight decrease from the 626 cases reported Wednesday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 655,350 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 15,833 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 73,865 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 22,190,823 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Thursday, 385 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 111 were in intensive care units and 70 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests dropped to 1.15% Thursday from 1.25% Wednesday.

DESE reports 572 students, 48 teachers had COVID cases in last week

The state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reported Thursday that 572 students have reported positive cases of COVID-19 in the last week. That’s a decrease from the 604 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 48 teachers have reported positive cases of COVID-19 between May 6 and May 12, a decrease from 65 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 0.08% of students and 0.04% of teachers who have been in district schools this past week have reported COVID-19 cases.

Wednesday, May 12

13 deaths, 626 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that there were 13 deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushed the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,357. One death of a person with a probable case of the virus was also reported.

The DPH also reported 626 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a slight increase from the 472 cases reported Tuesday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 654,734 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 16,685 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 76,716 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 22,116,958 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 428 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 114 were in intensive care units and 76 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests dropped to 1.25% Wednesday from 1.32% Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 11

MA reports 0 new deaths for first time since June 2020

For the first time since June 30, 2020, the state’s Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that there were 0 deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That means that the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus remains at 17,344.

Additionally, according to the state’s Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Report, the number of people fully vaccinated in Massachusetts has eclipsed 3 million, with 3,005,473 people in the commonwealth receiving either both doses of the two-shot vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine.

The state’s Department of Public Health also reported Tuesday that there are 472 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a slight increase from the 446 new cases reported Monday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 654,108 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 17,519 active cases.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 41,692 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 22,040,242 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Tuesday, 441 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 117 were in intensive care units and 76 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 1.32% Tuesday, up from 1.26% Monday.

Monday, May 10

State reports 446 new cases, 14 new deaths Monday

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Monday that there are 446 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, down from 655 cases reported Sunday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 653,636 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 18,441 active cases.

Also, state health officials said 14 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 17,344.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Monday that 23,693 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,998,550 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Monday, 427 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 117 were in intensive care units and 77 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 1.26% Monday, up from 1.24% Sunday.

Sunday, May 9

6 deaths, 655 new cases

COVID-19 data released by the state on Sunday showed a downward trend of new cases and deaths from the virus, including a drop of the state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests to 1.24% Sunday, down from 1.32% Saturday.

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Sunday that there are 655 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, down from 795 cases reported Saturday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 653,190 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 18,746 active cases.

Also, state health officials say six 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 17,330.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Sunday that 55,747 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,974,857 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Sunday, 438 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 124 were in intensive care units and 74 were intubated.

Saturday, May 8

8 deaths, 795 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Saturday that there are 795 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a decrease from yesterday. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 652,535 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including an estimated 19,125 active cases.

Also, state health officials say eight 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 17,324.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Saturday that 78,526 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 21,919,110 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Saturday, 441 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 128 were in intensive care units and 66 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests was 1.32% Saturday, a slight decrease from 1.39% on Friday.

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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