COVID-19 updates: State’s positivity rate surpasses 2% Friday

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Updates from June 2021

Live updates for Friday, July 30

3 new deaths, 844 new cases reported

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests surpassed 2% on Friday, up from 1.92% on Thursday, after a steady and continued increase in recent days. The last time the state saw a 2% or higher positivity rate was in April.

Also, the state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that there were 3 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,714.

DPH also reported 844 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 672,488 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 38,616 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,641,395 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 197 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 40 were in intensive care units and 21 were intubated.

Thursday, July 29

8 new deaths, 742 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there were 8 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,711.

DPH also reported 742 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 671,644 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 40,967 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,602,779 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Thursday, 176 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 39 were in intensive care units and 17 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose again Thursday, this time to 1.92%, an increase up from 1.87% Wednesday and up from 1.83% on Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 28

6 new deaths, 598 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that there were 6 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,703.

DPH also reported 598 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 670,902 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 41,117 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,561,812 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 163 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 36 were in intensive care units and 14 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose again Wednesday, this time to 1.87%, a slight increase up from 1.83% Tuesday, and up from 1.65% on Monday.

Tuesday, July 27

12 new deaths, 657 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that there were 12 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,697.

DPH also reported 657 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 670,304 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 31,281 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,520,695 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Tuesday, 152 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 33 were in intensive care units and 17 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose again Tuesday, this time to 1.83%, up from 1.65% Monday, and up from 1.53% on Friday.

Monday, July 24

7 new deaths, 1243 new cases reported over weekend

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Monday that there were 7 new deaths over the weekend among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,685.

DPH also reported 1,243 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 669,647 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Monday that 74,843 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,489,414 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Monday, 145 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 32 were in intensive care units and 14 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 1.65% Monday, up from 1.53% Friday.

Friday, July 23

5 new deaths, 586 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that there were 5 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,678.

DPH also reported 586 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 668,404 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 50,456 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,414,571 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 114 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 29 were in intensive care units and 12 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose again Friday, this time to 1.53%, up from 1.39% Thursday, and up from 1.30% on Wednesday. It’s the fifth day in a row the state has reported a positivity rate above 1%.

Thursday, July 22

6 new deaths, 477 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there were 6 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,673.

DPH also reported 477 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 667,818 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 34,750 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,364,115 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Thursday, 118 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 36 were in intensive care units and 12 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose again Thursday, this time to 1.39%, up from 1.30% on Wednesday, and up from 1.18% Tuesday and up from 1.02% Monday. It’s the fourth day in a row the state has reported a positivity rate above 1%.

Wednesday, July 21

2 new deaths, 457 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that there were 2 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,667.

DPH also reported 457 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 667,341 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 36,110 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,329,365 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 107 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 34 were in intensive care units and 14 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose again Wednesday, this time to 1.30%, up from 1.18% Tuesday and up from 1.02% Monday. It’s the third day in a row the state has reported a positivity rate above 1%.

Tuesday, July 20

6 new deaths, 366 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that there were 6 new deaths over the weekend among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,665.

DPH also reported 366 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 666,884 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 24,834 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,293,255 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Tuesday, 100 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 33 were in intensive care units and 18 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose again Tuesday, this time to 1.18%, up from 1.02% Monday. It’s the second day in a row the state has reported a positivity rate above 1%.

Monday, July 19

4 new deaths, 717 new cases reported over weekend

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Monday that there were 4 new deaths over the weekend among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,659.

DPH also reported 717 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 666,518 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Monday 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 24,268,421 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Monday, 106 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 31 were in intensive care units and 15 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 1.02% Monday, up from 0.87% Friday. It’s the first time the state has reported a positivity rate above 1% since May 21.

Friday, July 16

3 new deaths, 269 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that there were three new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,655.

DPH also reported 269 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 665,801 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 30,046 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,206,941 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 107 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 34 were in intensive care units and 18 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 0.87% Friday, up from 0.78% Thursday, and up from 0.72% Wednesday.

Live updates for Thursday, July 15

4 new deaths, 236 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there were four new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,652.

DPH also reported 236 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 665,532 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 31,927 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,176,895 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 108 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 36 were in intensive care units and 11 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 0.78% Thursday, up from 0.72% Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 14

1 new death, 208 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that there was one new death among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That pushes the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,648.

DPH also reported 208 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 665,296 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 31,813 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,144,968 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 102 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 37 were in intensive care units and 17 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 0.72% Wednesday, up from 0.62% Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 13

0 new deaths, 191 new cases reported

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that there were no new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. That keeps the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus at 17,647.

DPH also reported 191 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 665,088 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 22,389 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,113,155 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Tuesday, 96 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 35 were in intensive care units and 13 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 0.62% Tuesday, up from 0.55% Monday.

Monday, July 12

1 new death, 322 new cases reported over weekend

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Monday that there was 1 new death 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 17,647.

DPH also reported 322 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 664,897 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Monday that 56,372 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,090,766 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Monday, 101 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 35 were in intensive care units and 12 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 0.55% Monday, up from 0.50% Friday.

Friday, July 9

DPH: Zero new deaths, 169 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that there were no new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus is 17,646.

DPH also reported 169 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 664,575 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 33,087 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,034,394 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 87 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 25 were in intensive care units and 11 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose to 0.50% Friday, up from 0.47% Thursday.

Thursday, July 8

DPH: 3 new deaths, 99 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there were 3 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 17,646.

DPH also reported 99 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 664,406 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 31,600 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 24,001,307 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Thursday, 89 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 28 were in intensive care units and 9 were intubated.

The average age of patients who died of COVID-19 was 72 years old.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose slightly to 0.47% Thursday, up from 0.46% Wednesday, and up from 0.42% Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 7

DPH: 3 new deaths, 61 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that there were 3 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 17,643.

The average age of patients who died of COVID-19 was 72 years old.

DPH also reported 61 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 664,307 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Wednesday that 21,754 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 23,969,707 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Wednesday, 85 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 25 were in intensive care units and 10 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose slightly to 0.46% Wednesday, up from 0.42% Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 6

DPH: 6 deaths, 269 new cases in post-holiday-weekend report

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that there were 6 new deaths among people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Those deaths - like all of the new COVID-19 statistics reported Tuesday - are a total of all of the new COVID-19-confirmed deaths that occurred over the holiday weekend. MA DPH announced last week that they would no longer be updating their daily dashboard on weekends. Monday’s report was also not released due to the Fourth of July holiday, meaning Tuesday’s report is a combination of the last four days.

Those new deaths pushed the total number of deaths in the commonwealth among people with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 17,640. The average age of patients who died of COVID-19 was 72 years old.

DPH also reported 269 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts over the last four days. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 664,246 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 65,702 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 23,947,953 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Tuesday, 81 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 26 were in intensive care units and 13 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose slightly to 0.42% Tuesday, up from 0.38% Friday.

Friday, July 2

DPH reports 1 death, 79 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Friday that there was 1 new death 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 17,634.

The average age of patients who died of COVID-19 was 72 years old.

DPH also reported 79 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 663,977 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Friday that 26,521 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 23,882,251 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Friday, 98 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 28 were in intensive care units and 10 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose slightly to 0.38% Friday, up from 0.37% Thursday and 0.36% Wednesday.

Thursday, July 1

DPH reports 3 deaths, 76 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health reported Thursday that there were 3 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 17,633.

The average age of patients who died of COVID-19 was 72 years old.

DPH also reported 76 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the commonwealth has seen 663,898 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the Department of Public Health reported Thursday that 30,384 new molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has given out 23,855,730 total molecular tests for the virus.

As of Thursday, 102 people remained hospitalized with coronavirus statewide. Of these patients, 29 were in intensive care units and 11 were intubated.

The state’s seven-day weighted average of positive molecular tests rose slightly to 0.37% Thursday, up from 0.36% Wednesday and 0.33% Tuesday.


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