Coronavirus updates: 32 new COVID-19 deaths; Mass. reaches 4 million molecular tests administered

Coronavirus updates: 32 new COVID-19 deaths; Mass. reaches 4 million molecular tests administered

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Live updates for Wednesday, September 30

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DPH reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths, 510 new infections

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Wednesday there were 32 new confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 and another 510 confirmed cases. That’s significantly higher than Tuesday, when 8 deaths connected to the virus were reported.

There have been 9,242 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in Massachusetts since the outbreak began locally, with a total of 129,753 confirmed cases reported to date.

One more person with a probable case of the virus has also died, bringing the total number of deaths from probable cases of coronavirus to 214, DPH reported Wednesday.

When it comes to testing, the state has administered more than 4 million molecular tests. As of Wednesday’s report, 14,404 new people had been tested, bringing the total number to 4,050,617. DPH officials estimate 2,234,202 people have been tested for the virus so far.

Six hospitals in the state reported using surge capacity on Wednesday.

Currently, 438 people are currently hospitalized with coronavirus, with 89 in the intensive care unit and 29 patients currently intubated.

As of Wednesday, 285 new people had been tested for antibodies, bringing the total number of people to do so to 120,418.

Live updates for Tuesday, September 29

DPH reports 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 450 new infections as positivity rate back at 1% for the first time in weeks

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday there were eight new fatalities related to COVID-19 and another 450 confirmed cases. Also on Tuesday, the average positive test rate jumped back to 1% after weeks of dipping below that value.

When it comes to testing, the state has administered close to 4 million molecular tests, where as of Tuesday’s report 14,124 new people had been tested, bringing the total number to 3,988,224. DPH officials estimate 2,219,798 people have been tested for the virus so far.

There have been 9,210 deaths from COVID-19 in Massachusetts since the outbreak began locally, where a total of 129,243 people have contracted the virus.

For about a week, only two hospitals in the state have been operating at surge capacity.

Currently, 444 people are hospitalized after being infected with the novel coronavirus, where 107 are in the ICU and 27 are intubated.

As of Tuesday, 146 new people had been tested for antibodies, bringing the total number of people to do so to 120,133.

Live updates for Monday, September 28

Mass. DPH reports 11 new COVID-19 deaths, 367 new confirmed cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Monday that there are 367 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. That number is a decrease from Sunday, when the number of new confirmed cases grew to 594.

Since the outbreak began in the state, there have been 128,793 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mass. Of those cases, 9,202 have been fatal, after DPH announced that 11 more people have died with confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

That number of new deaths is a slight decrease from Sunday’s total of 13 new fatalities.

Two hospitals reported using surge capacity, and 418 people are currently hospitalized in Massachusetts with the virus.

Also Monday, in an update to the state’s testing numbers, Mass. DPH reported that the total number of molecular tests for COVID-19 administered to date is approaching the 4 million mark. On Monday, a total of 13,049 new people in the state were administered molecular tests for COVID-19. In total, 2,205,674 people in the state have taken a combined 3,931,219 molecular tests.

Additionally, the state announced that 52 new people have been administered antibody tests for COVID-19 in Mass. as of Monday. In total, 119,987 people in Massachusetts have taken that type of test for the virus.

Live updates for Sunday, September 27

Number of new COVID-19 cases continues increase as new deaths see dip

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Sunday that there are 594 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth, a monthly high. Those new cases push the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mass. to 128,426 since the beginning of the outbreak.

Additionally, Mass. DPH announced that 13 more people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. In total, 9,191 people in Massachusetts have died while having confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 18,065 new people in Mass. have taken molecular tests for the virus since their latest update. In total, 2,192,625 people in the commonwealth have taken a combined 3,881,846 molecular tests.

Additionally, 242 new people in Mass. have taken antibody tests for COVID-19, DPH reported. In total, 119,935 people in the state have taken that type of test for the coronavirus.

Saturday, September 26

Mas. DPH reports 18 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, 515 additional cases

An additional 18 people have died in the state while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Mass. Department of Public Health announced on Saturday afternoon. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the commonwealth, 9,178 people have died while having confirmed cases of the virus.

The state also announced Saturday 515 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts. Those new cases push the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth to 127,832.

Massachusetts' positive-test rate also saw a slight uptick in Saturday’s release, increasing from 0.8% to 0.9%.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 14,310 new individuals have taken molecular tests for the virus since their latest update Friday. In total, 2,174,560 people in Massachusetts have taken a combined 3,780,020 molecular tests for COVID-19.

Additionally, DPH announced that 244 new people have been administered antibody tests for COVID-19 in the state. In total, 119,693 people in Mass. have taken that type of test for the coronavirus.

Friday, September 25

State reports 10 new COVID-19 deaths, 454 additional cases

On Friday, the state’s Department of Public Health announced 10 more people have died after contracting the novel coronavirus and another 454 who have tested positive. So far, 9,160 people have died from COVID-19 and there have been 127,317 confirmed cases.

DPH officials also reported 15,854 more people have been tested by molecular tests, bringing the total number of people tested in the state of Massachusetts to 2,160,250. So far, 3,706,728 tests have been administered. As for antibodies, 285 more people have been tested by the antibody test, where the total number of people tested is now at 119,449.

The average positive test rate has now under 1% for three whole weeks, where the state saw a decline in the percentage of people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the beginning of September.

A new report issued by the CDC this week found that cases of COVID-19 in people under 40 exploded during summer months. As spring melted into summer, infections in the U.S. shifted massively to those under age 40, jumping from 39.8% in May to more than 50% in July and August - but those infections did not end with the younger demographic.

Regional outbreaks in the Southern part of the country found that adults aged 20-39 likely played a key role in spreading the COVID-19 in their communities, including to older adults.

Live updates for Thursday, September 24

Mass. DPH reports 15 new COVID-19 deaths, 455 new confirmed cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Thursday that there are 455 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. That number is a slight decrease from Wednesday, when the number of new confirmed cases jumped to 542.

Since the outbreak began in the state, there have been 126,863 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mass. Of those cases, 9,150 have been fatal, after DPH announced that 15 more people have died with confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

That number of new deaths is a slight decrease from Wednesday’s total of 17 new fatalities.

Two hospitals reported using surge capacity, and 375 people are currently hospitalized in Massachusetts with the virus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, Mass. DPH reported that 18,556 new people in the state have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19. In total, 2,144,396 people in the state have taken a combined 3,642,716 molecular tests.

Additionally, the state announced that 321 new people have been administered antibody tests for COVID-19 in Mass. as of Thursday. In total, 119,164 people in Massachusetts have taken that type of test for the virus.

Live updates for Thursday, September 24

NH to ease six-foot distancing rule for indoor tables at restaurants, will still hold Halloween celebrations

Effective Oct. 1, New Hampshire officials will ease the six-foot distancing rule for restaurant tables indoors, so long as protective barriers are in place, Governor Chris Sununu announced on Thursday.

Officials also said that, as the weather gets cooler, they will be improving their restaurant guidance with revisions that have the buy-in of officials at Public Health and restaurant owners.

Sununu said in a press conference on Thursday that the numbers are are showing the state continues to present positive data for restaurants and businesses. The data shows that restaurants are not a source of widespread transmission.

The state of NH will also move forward with Halloween celebrations, with certain safety measures in place.

Live updates for Wednesday, September 23

Number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases sees big jump to 542

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that there are 542 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. That number is a large increase from Tuesday, where Massachusetts saw 143 new cases.

Since the outbreak began in the state, there have been 126,408 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mass. Of those cases, 9,135 have been fatal, after DPH announced that 17 new people in the commonwealth have died while having confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

That number of new deaths is a slight increase from yesterday’s total of 11 new fatalities.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, Mass. DPH reported that 20,662 new people in the state have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19. In total, 2,125,840 people in the commonwealth have taken a combined 3,557,548 molecular tests.

Additionally, the state announced that 396 new people have been administered antibody tests for COVID-19 in Mass. as of Wednesday. In total, 118,843 people in the commonwealth have taken that type of test for the virus.

Tuesday, September 22

DPH reports 11 new COVID-19 deaths, 143 additional cases as positivity rate remains under 1%

The state’s Department of Public Health announced 11 new COVID-19 deaths and another 143 more cases on Tuesday, Sept. 22. For the third consecutive week, the average positive test rate has remained under 1%. The last time the positivity rate was above 1% was at the end of August.

As of Tuesday, 9, 135 more people were tested by molecular tests and 83 were tested by antibody tests. So far, 118,447 people have been tested for COVID-19 antibodies and 2,105,178 people have been tested by molecular tests. A total of 3,476,679 molecular tests have been administered since the outbreak began in the state.

The novel coronavirus has killed 9,118 people in Massachusetts and infected 125,866 since the spread began in mid-March.

On a national level, as of Tuesday, health officials confirmed a total of 200,000 lives have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research continues for several companies and laboratories across the country as the world races to develop a vaccine at an unprecedented rate.

Live updates for Monday, September 21

Number of new COVID-19 deaths and cases drop following weekend

Mass. DPH reported Monday that the number of new COVID-19 cases and confirmed deaths have both decreased since the department’s latest update on Sunday afternoon. After 340 new cases of the virus in Massachusetts Sunday, the Department of Public Health reported that there are 244 new cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Monday.

Since the outbreak began in Massachusetts, there have been 125,723 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. Of those confirmed cases, 9,107 have resulted in fatalities, according to DPH. On Monday, the state reported that seven new individuals have died while having confirmed cases of the virus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported Monday that 10,823 new individuals have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19. In total, 2,096,043 people in Mass. have taken a combined 3,436,161 molecular tests.

Additionally, the state announced that 75 new people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19 in Mass. In total, 118,364 people in the commonwealth have been administered that type of test for the virus.

Sunday, September 20

DPH reports 15 new COVID-19 deaths, 340 additional cases

A day after the state saw monthly highs in the number of new COVID-19 deaths and cases, the Mass. Department of Public Health reported Sunday that 15 additional people have died while having confirmed cases of the virus.

In total, 9,100 people in the commonwealth have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19.

DPH also reported Sunday that there are 340 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts. Those new case numbers are a decrease from Saturday’s total of 569 new cases, a high for the month of September.

Since the start of the outbreak in the commonwealth, Massachusetts has had 125,479 total confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 17,399 new individuals in Mass. have taken molecular tests for COVID-19. In total, 2,085,220 people in the state have taken a combined 3,399,512 molecular tests.

Additionally, DPH announced that 220 new individuals have been administered antibody tests for COVID-19 in Massachusetts. In total 118,289 people in the state have taken that type of test for the coronavirus.

Saturday, September 19

State sees month’s highest number of new COVID-19 deaths, cases Saturday

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Saturday afternoon that 26 new people in the commonwealth have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. Those latest fatalities are the highest number of new COVID-19 deaths in one day in the month of September.

In total, 9,085 people in Mass. have died while having confirmed cases of the virus, DPH said.

Additionally, the state announced 569 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts as of Saturday, another monthly high. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Mass., there have been 125,139 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported Saturday that 21,298 new people in the commonwealth have been administered molecular tests for the coronavirus. In total, 2,067,821 people in Mass. have taken a combined 3,337,292 molecular tests.

Additionally, the state reported that 299 new people have taken antibody tests for the virus since their latest update. In total, 118,069 people in the commonwealth have taken that type of test for the virus.

Friday, September 18

Mass. DPH announces 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 431 confirmed positive cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Friday that 8 more people in Mass. have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. Those new fatalities push the total number of people who have died in the Commonwealth with positive cases of the virus to 9,059.

Additionally, one more person has died while having a probable case of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total deaths from probable cases of coronavirus to 2,012.

State health officials also announced 431 additional confirmed cases in the state on Friday. In total, there have been 124,570 confirmed cases of the virus in the state. Additionally, the state reported 23 new probable cases of coronavirus.

Five hospitals in Massachusetts reported using surge capacity.

The DPH also reported a higher average number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 on Friday. A total of 338 people were hospitalized with coronavirus on Friday. Of those patients, 62 were in the intensive care unit and 25 patients were intubated.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 22,217 new individuals have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19 in the state. In total, 2,046,523 people in Massachusetts have taken a molecular test.

Additionally, 317 more people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19 in Mass., pushing the total number of people who have taken that type of test in the state to 117,770.

Live updates for Thursday, September 17

Mass. DPH announces 15 new COVID-19 deaths, 419 confirmed positive cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Thursday that 15 more people in Mass. have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. Those new fatalities push the total number of people who have died in the Commonwealth with positive cases of the virus to 9,051.

State health officials also announced 419 additional confirmed cases in the state on Thursday. In total, there have been 124,139 confirmed cases of the virus in the state. Additionally, the state reported 10 new probable cases of coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, the number of people tested by molecular tests surpassed 2 million on Thursday. DPH reported that 27,644 new individuals have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19 in the state, a jump from 16,632 on Wednesday. In total, 2,024,306 people in Massachusetts have taken a molecular test.

Additionally, 346 more people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19 in Mass., pushing the total number of people who have taken that type of test in the state to 117,453.

Live updates for Wednesday, September 16

Mass. DPH announces 20 new COVID-19 deaths, 295 confirmed positive cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that 20 more people in Mass. have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. Those new fatalities push the total number of people who have died in the Commonwealth with positive cases of the virus to 9,036.

State health officials also announced 295 additional confirmed cases in the state on Wednesday. In total, there have been 123,720 confirmed cases of the virus in the state. Additionally, the state reported 11 new probable cases of coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 16,632 new individuals have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19 in the state. In total, 1,996,662 people in Massachusetts have taken a molecular test.

Additionally, 355 more people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19 in Mass., pushing the total number of people who have taken that type of test in the state to 117,107.

Live updates for Tuesday, September 15

Mass. DPH announces 6 new COVID-19 deaths, 286 confirmed positive cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that six more people in Mass. have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. Those new fatalities push the total number of people who have died in the Commonwealth with positive cases of the virus to 9,016.

State health officials also announced 286 additional confirmed cases in the state on Tuesday. In total, there have been 123,425 confirmed cases of the virus in the state. Additionally, the state reported 27 new probable cases of coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 11,796 new individuals have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19 in the state. In total, 1,980,030 people in Massachusetts have taken a molecular test.

Additionally, 154 more people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19 in Mass., pushing the total number of people who have taken that type of test in the state to 116,752.

Live updates for Monday, September 14

Cases continue to fall as DPH reports 235 new COVID-19 cases, 9 additional deaths

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts has fallen for the third consecutive day as the state’s Department of Public Health announced 235 additional confirmed cases in the state on Monday. In total, there have been 123,139 confirmed cases of the virus in the commonwealth.

Additionally, DPH announced that nine more people have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. That pushes the total number of COVID-19-related fatalities in Mass. to 9,010.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 12,201 new individuals have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19 in the commonwealth. In total, 1,968,234 people in Mass. have taken a combined 3,038,625 molecular tests.

Additionally, 67 more people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19 in Mass., pushing the total number of people who have taken that type of test in the state to 116,598.

Sunday, September 13

Total COVID-19 deaths in Mass. eclipse 9,000

The state’s Department of Public Health announced that 14 more people in Mass. have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. Those new fatalities push the total number of people who have died in the commonwealth with positive cases of the virus to 9,001.

Also, DPH reported an additional 267 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Sunday, a large decrease from Saturday’s total of 435 new positive cases. In total, there have been 122,904 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH announced that 12,102 new individuals in Mass. have taken molecular tests for COVID-19 since their latest update Saturday. In total, 1,956,033 people in the commonwealth have taken a combined 3,006,158 molecular tests.

Additionally, 289 new people were administered antibody tests for the virus since Saturday’s update, DPH announced. So far, 116,531 individuals have taken that type of test in Mass.

Saturday, September 12

Mass. DPH announces 16 new COVID-19 deaths, 435 additional positive cases

In the state’s latest update to its COVID-19 numbers, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Saturday that 16 more people have died in the commonwealth while having confirmed cases of the virus.

In total, 8,987 people in Massachusetts have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, per DPH.

Additionally, the state announced that there are 435 new confirmed cases of the virus in Mass., upping the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth to 122,637. The state’s positive test rate remains at its monthly low of 0.8%.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, Mass. DPH announced that 18,313 new people have taken molecular tests in Massachusetts. In total, 1,943,931 individuals in the state have taken a combined 2,968,723 molecular tests.

Also, 349 new people in Mass. have been administered antibody tests, DPH reported. In total, 116,242 people in the state have taken that type of test for COVID-19.

Friday, September 11

14 more people with confirmed cases of coronavirus have died, 443 new cases reported

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Friday that 14 more people have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, a drop from 20 deaths reported on Thursday.

In total, 8,971 people in the Commonwealth have died with a confirmed case of COVID-19, DPH reported.

The number of new confirmed cases is on the rise, with 443 new confirmed cases reported, up from 363 cases reported Thursday. In total, there have been 122,202 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Two hospitals in the state reported using surge capacity. Currently, 330 people remain hospitalized with the virus in Massachusetts. Of these cases, 60 patients were in the intensive care unit and 22 are currently intubated.

The state also updated their testing numbers in Friday’s report, as Massachusetts' positive test rate remained at a low of 0.8%. As of Friday, 19,406 new people were administered molecular tests for the coronavirus. In total, 1,925,618 people in the state have been tested with a molecular test.

Additionally, DPH reported Friday that 315 new people have taken antibody tests for the virus, bringing the number of individuals who have been administered that type of test in the state to 115,893.

Live updates for Thursday, September 10

20 more people with confirmed cases of coronavirus have died, 363 new cases reported

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Thursday that 20 more people have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. That number of new fatalities is five times that of Wednesday’s total of four new deaths.

In total, 8,957 people in the Commonwealth have died while having a confirmed case of COVID-19, DPH reported.

As the number of new deaths increased on Thursday, the number of new confirmed cases nearly doubled to 363, up from 182 new confirmed cases reported Wednesday. In total, there have been 121,759 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Currently, 355 people remain hospitalized with the virus in Massachusetts. Of these cases, 59 patients were in the intensive care unit and 21 are currently intubated.

The state also updated their testing numbers in Thursday’s report, as Massachusetts' positive test rate remained to a new monthly low of 0.8%. As of Thursday, 17,889 new people were administered molecular tests for the coronavirus. In total, 1,906,212 people in the state have been tested with a molecular test.

Additionally, DPH reported Thursday that 259 new people have taken antibody tests for the virus, bringing the number of individuals who have been administered that type of test in the state to 115,578.

Live updates for Wednesday, September 9

3-day average of new COVID-19 deaths drops to new monthly low while positive test rate dips to 0.8%

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Wednesday that four additional people have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. That number of new fatalities -- which is half of Tuesday’s total of eight new deaths -- helped bring down the 3-day average of new COVID-19 deaths in the state. After a monthly low on Tuesday, that average has dropped down to seven deaths.

In total, 8,937 people in the commonwealth have died while having a confirmed case of COVID-19, DPH reported.

While the number of new deaths dropped on Wednesday, the number of new confirmed cases increased to 182. In total, there have been 121,396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

The state also updated their testing numbers in Wednesday’s report, as Massachusetts' positive test rate fell to a new monthly low of 0.8%. As of Wednesday, 11,350 new people were administered molecular tests for the coronavirus. In total, 1,888,323 people in the state have taken a combined 2,798,585 molecular tests.

Additionally, DPH reported Wednesday that 262 new people have taken antibody tests for the virus, bringing the number of individuals who have been administered that type of test in the state to 115,319.

Tuesday, September 8

DPH reports 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 168 more cases as positivity rate remains under 1% for 6th day in a row

State health officials on Tuesday reported eight more people in Massachusetts have died after contracting COVID-19 and another 168 have tested positive for the virus.

This marks the sixth day in a row where the average positive test rate has stayed under 1%. As the positivity average remains low, the number of cases and subsequent deaths are also starting to dip.

So far, a total of 1,876,973 people have been tested via molecular tests, where a total of 2,758,384 of these tests have been administered since the outbreak began in the state.

Currently, only two hospitals in the state are at surge capacity and 328 COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized. As of Tuesday, 47 people infected with the novel coronavirus were in the ICU and 24 others are intubated.

Live updates for Monday, September 7

State reports 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 222 more cases as positivity rate remains under 1%

On Monday, the state’s Department of Public Health announced 8 more COVID-19 deaths had been reported and 222 additional people were said to have been infected with the virus. In total, 8,925 people have died after contracting the novel coronavirus and 121,046 people had tested positive.

An additional 9,870 people were tested by molecular tests and another 72 were tested for antibodies.

Currently, three hospitals in the state are at surge capacity, where 56 cases are currently in the ICU and 20 have been intubated.

Live updates for Sunday, September 6

Massachusetts surpasses 120,000 total cases

The positive test rate for COVID-19 in Massachusetts is under 1 percent for the fourth day in a row, according to new data released by the state Department of Health Sunday.

An additional 10 patients reportedly died, bringing the total number of deaths from the Coronavirus outbreak to 8,917.

Officials announced another 370 confirmed cases. As of Sept. 6, there have been 120,824 confirmed cases of the virus in Massachusetts.

Live updates for Saturday, September 5

DPH reports nearly 2x jump in reported cases over Friday’s total

The number of confirmed, newly reported COVID-19 cases jumped to 416 in the state’s released data Saturday, nearly doubling Friday’s total.

An additional 15 patients reportedly died, bringing the total number of deaths from the Coronavirus outbreak to just under 9,000.

Officials announced another 219 confirmed cases. As of Sept. 5, there have been 120,454 confirmed cases of the virus in Massachusetts.

Live updates for Friday, September 4

DPH reports 22 new COVID-19 deaths, 219 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced that 22 people have died in Mass. while having confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday.

In total, 8,892 people in Massachusetts have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, DPH said.

Officials announced another 219 confirmed cases. As of Sept. 4, there have been 120,038 confirmed cases of the virus in Massachusetts

Two hospitals in the state reported using surge capacity. On Friday, 333 people were hospitalized with the virus. Of those patients, 60 were in the intensive care unit and 26 were intubated.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 17,559 new individuals have taken molecular tests for COVID-19 since Thursday’s update. That means, in total, that 1,819,144 individuals in the state have taken a combined 2,600,312 molecular tests.

The average positive test rate remained under 1 percent on Friday.

Live updates for Thursday, September 3

DPH reports 17 new COVID-19 deaths, 393 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced that 17 people have died in Mass. while having confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday.

In total, 8,870 people in Massachusetts have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, DPH said.

Officials announced another 393 confirmed cases. As of Sept. 3, there have been 119,819 confirmed cases of the virus in Mass.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 31,584 new individuals have taken molecular tests for COVID-19 since Wednesday’s update. That means, in total, that 1,801,585 individuals in the state have taken a combined 2,560,869 molecular tests.

Wednesday, September 2

DPH reports 22 new COVID-19 deaths in latest fatality spike

The state’s Department of Public Health announced that 22 new people have died in Mass. while having confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, a spike in the amount of coronavirus-related fatalities in the state after just four were reported a day ago.

In total, 8,853 people in Massachusetts have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, DPH said.

But while the number of new COVID-19-related deaths has increased in the commonwealth, the number of new confirmed cases has decreased from 354 new cases on Tuesday to 288 new cases on Wednesday. As of September 2, there have been 119,426 confirmed cases of the virus in Mass.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 15,579 new individuals have taken molecular tests for COVID-19 since Tuesday’s update. That means, in total, that 1,770,001 individuals in the state have taken a combined 2,478,482 molecular tests.

Additionally, the state announced that 671 new individuals have been administered antibody tests for COVID-19, pushing the total number of people in Massachusetts who have been administered that type of test to 113,667.

Tuesday, September 1

DPH reports 4 new COVID-19 deaths as 3-day fatalities average falls to lowest in month

The state’s Department of Public Health announced that four more people have died in Mass. while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, less than half the amount of new deaths that were reported on Monday. In total, 8,831 people in the commonwealth have died while having cases of the virus.

With the drop in new deaths, the state’s 3-day average of COVID-19 fatalities has fallen to nine, the lowest average reported by DPH in a month.

Additionally, the state reported 354 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Mass. as of Tuesday. That number is an increase from Monday’s 301 new cases reported. In total, there have been 119,138 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth, per DPH.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 21,654 new people have taken molecular tests for COVID-19 since their latest update. That means that, in total, 1,754,422 individuals in Mass. have taken a combined 2,448,341 molecular tests.

Also, the state announced that 269 new individuals have been administered antibody tests for COVID-19, pushing the total number of people in the commonwealth who have taken that type of test to 112,996.

Monday, August 31

State reports 11 deaths from COVID-19, 301 more infections as average number of confirmed cases continues to grow

On Monday, the Department of Public Health announced 11 new deaths from confirmed COVID-19 cases and another 301 additional infections in the state. Compared to recent health data, new coronavirus numbers shows more people have recently been infected.

As of Sunday, 18,740 more people were tested by molecular tests and another 124 were tested for antibodies. So far, 2,404,426 total molecular tests have been administered where 1,732,768 people have been tested in total. For antibodies, the count for total individuals tested to date is 112,727.

Currently, 314 people are hospitalized for the virus, where 56 are currently in the ICU and 22 are intubated. At this point in time, only one hospital in the state is at surge capacity. The average positive test rate remains at 1.0%.

Sunday, August 30

Positive-test rate drops to 0.9%, new monthly low

The state’s positive-test rate for COVID-19 dropped to below 1% for the first time this month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported on Sunday afternoon. That positive-test rate now stands at 0.9%.

The state also reported 174 new confirmed cases of the virus as of Sunday, a big decrease from Saturday’s latest numbers that showed 421 new cases of COVID-19 in Mass. As of August 30, there were 118,483 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state.

Additionally, DPH reported that 13 new people have died while having COVID-19 in Massachusetts, a one-person increase from yesterday’s update of a dozen new deaths. In total, 8,816 people in the commonwealth have passed away while having confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In an update to the state’s testing statistics, DPH reported that 16,594 new individuals have taken molecular tests for the virus in Mass. In total, 1,714,028 people in the state have taken a combined 2,372,564 molecular tests.

Also, 139 new people were administered antibody tests for the virus, DPH said. So far, 112,603 people have been administered that type of test for COVID-19 in Mass.

Saturday, August 29

Number of new deaths and cases see slight dip as positive-test rate remains at 1%

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Saturday evening that Massachusetts’ positive-test rate for the COVID-19 virus remains at 1% for the fourth day in a row, a monthly low for August.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that 12 new people have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, a slight decrease from Friday’s latest total of 16 new deaths in the state. In total, 8,803 people in Massachusetts have died while having confirmed cases of the virus.

The state also reported 421 new cases of the coronavirus in Mass., another slight decrease from Friday, when 438 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the commonwealth. As of August 29, 118,309 people have confirmed cases of coronavirus in Mass.

The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations fell for the third straight day Saturday, with 305 people now currently admitted for COVID-19-related reasons.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 23,882 new individuals have taken molecular tests for the virus in Mass. In total, 1,697,434 people in the state have taken a combined 2,339,669 molecular tests.

Also, 886 new people were administered antibody tests for the virus, DPH said. So far, 112,464 people have been administered that type of test for COVID-19 in Mass.

Friday, August 28

Sixteen deaths reported, cases still on the rise

There were 16 new deaths from confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday as the state’s positive test rate for COVID-19 remained at 1 percent, the state Department of Public Health announced.

The Commonwealth also saw 438 new confirmed cases, up from 365 new confirmed cases reported Thursday.

Two hospitals in Massachusetts also reported using surge capacity.

To date, 9,024 people with confirmed and probable cases of the virus have died in the state.

Currently, 312 people remain hospitalized due to the virus; of these cases, 60 are currently in the intensive care unit and 26 patients are intubated.

Testing efforts have been gradually rising, with 23,716 more people tested for COVID-19 via molecular tests and 430 more people were tested for antibodies. Another 1,399 people were tested by antigen tests.

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