Coronavirus updates: State reports record number of tests in a single day, 21 new deaths

Coronavirus updates: State reports record number of tests in a single day, 21 new deaths

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21 new COVID-19 deaths reported, 319 new cases

The Mass. Dept. of Health announced 21 new COVID-19 related deaths Thursday, bringing the state total number of deaths to 8,568.

The state reported another 319 confirmed cases. The total number of confirmed cases in Mass. is now at 113,517.

The state saw a big jump in tests performed. Thursday’s data shows nearly 28,000 people were tested for the virus, up from just over 15,000 on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations saw a decrease Thursday. There are currently 401 cases in the hospital, down 21 cases from Wednesday. There are 61 cases in the ICU.

According to the data, the state’s positive test rate remains at 1.5%.

A DPH spokesperson sent Boston 25 News the following statement after Thursday’s data was released:

“Today’s testing numbers include a large amount of newly reported negative test results from one national lab, tests conducted over the last several months. These negative test results have now been assigned retrospectively to the appropriate date of test. The Department has been working to increase lab testing capacity within Massachusetts to mitigate various delayed reporting issues by some national commercial laboratories.”

Wednesday, August 12

DPH: 18 new COVID-19 deaths, 229 new cases reported

The Massachusetts Department of Health announced Wednesday 18 new COVID-19 deaths, up eight from Tuesday’s data. The total number of deaths in Mass. stands at 8,547.

The state reported another 229 confirmed cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 113,198.

The state performed over 15,000 tests, according to Wednesday’s data.

There are currently 422 people hospitalized with the virus, up from Tuesday’s 387. There are 64 cases in the ICU.

Along with their daily COVID-19 updates, the state has also pinpointed which cities and towns are most at risk for the novel coronavirus. The table below is comprised of data reported for the two-week reporting period ending August 8th. Belchertown and Wrentham moved from moderate to lower risk status.

City/Town Average Daily Cases per 100 K over last 14 days (current) Average Daily Cases per 100 K over last 14 days (previous)
Lynn 24.3 15.9
Chelsea 19.2 18.0
Revere 18.4 14.3
Everett 11.2 9.3
Saugus 9.0 7.8
Holyoke 9.0 7.1
Lawrence 8.5 7.9
Fall River 8.3 6.4
Salem 8.3 5.6
Granby 8.1 7.0
Hull 8.0 4.3

Tuesday, August 11

DPH: 10 new COVID-19 deaths, 296 new cases reported

The number of new deaths linked to COVID-19 doubled to 10 on Tuesday, the Department of Public Health reported. That is up from 5 deaths reported on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths from confirmed cases in Massachusetts to 8,529.

There were another 296 cases reported Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 112,969.

Nearly 15,000 people were tested for the virus, according to Tuesday’s data. Over 1.3 million people have now been tested in the state for coronavirus.

Currently, there are 387 people hospitalized with the virus, and 70 cases are in the ICU.

The average age of people with COVID-19 is 50, and the average age of people hospitalized with the virus is 68.

Middlesex County has seen the highest number of deaths from COVID-19: 2,006 people with coronavirus in that county have died.

Among probable cases, the state announced 96 new probable cases Tuesday.

Monday, August 10

DPH: 5 new COVID-19 deaths, 214 new cases reported

State health officials Monday announced a drop in both cases and deaths compared to Sunday’s COVID-19 data. Officials announced five new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in Massachusetts to 8,519. There were another 214 cases reported, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 112,673.

Over 11,000 people were tested for the virus, according to Monday’s data. Over 1.3 million people have now been tested in the state for coronavirus.

Currently, there are 380 cases in the hospital and 60 cases are in the ICU.

According to Monday’s data, the state is also seeing a decrease in its positive test rate.

Among probable cases, the state announced 61 new probable cases Monday and one new probable death.

Sunday, August 9

DPH: 14 new deaths from COVID-19, 286 additional cases reported, positive test rate continues to dip

Officials with the Department of Public Health announced on Sunday 14 new deaths from confirmed COVID-19 cases and another 286 additional cases as the average positive test rate continued to drop for the third day in a row.

As of Sunday, 112,459 cases of the novel coronavirus had been registered in the state and a total of 8,514 fatalities in connection to the virus.

The positive test rate was at 1.8% on Saturday after the state saw a gradual dip since Thursday.

Four hospitals in the state are currently under surge capacity. Across the state, 375 COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized, 60 cases are in the ICU and 26 remain intubated.

A total of 1,311,358 people have been tested by molecular tests while 1,723,320 total molecular tests have been administered. To date, 101,485 people have been tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

Live updates for Saturday, August 8

State reports slight drop in positive test rates as 12 new COVID-19 deaths, 320 additional cases announced

On Saturday, the state’s Department of Public Health announced 12 new deaths among confirmed COVID-19 cases and an additional 320 cases. While the number of cases continues to trend upwards, the average positive test rate among those tested via molecular tests seems to be dropping slightly.

As of Friday, three hospitals in the state were at surge capacity as 386 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized. According to the DPH, 68 cases are currently in the ICU while 30 have been intubated.

Since the pandemic started in March, 8,500 people have died after contracting the virus and 112,173 people have been infected so far.

A total of 1,294,206 people have been tested by molecular tests while 1,699,442 total molecular tests have been administered. To date, 101,139 people have been tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

Live updates for Friday, August 7

Mass. DPH announces 18 new COVID-19 deaths, 320 additional positive cases

The number of new COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts declined to 18 on Friday after a spike in deaths reported on Thursday, as the state is seeing an increase in cases, according to the Department of Public Health.

On Friday, 320 additional confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Massachusetts, up from 162 new confirmed positive cases the day prior.

In total, 8,488 people in the state have died with confirmed cases of the virus, plus an additional 221 who have died while having probable cases, DPH said.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mass. has increased to 111,853. Also Friday, 97 new probable cases of coronavirus were reported.

Testing is also on the rise. In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 14,740 new people have taken molecular tests for COVID-19 in Mass. That means that, in total, 1,277,617 individuals have been administered 1,676,170 molecular tests.

Additionally, DPH reported that 615 new people were given antibody tests since their last update, pushing the number of people who have been administered that type of test in the state to 100,383.

As of Friday, 390 people remained hospitalized with the virus in Massachusetts.

Live updates for Thursday, August 6

Mass. DPH announces 32 new COVID-19 deaths, 162 additional positive cases

The number of new COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts jumped to 32 on Thursday, up from just two deaths reported on Wednesday, as the state’s Department of Public Health reported 162 new people with confirmed cases of the virus.

In total, 8,470 people in the state have died with confirmed cases of the virus, plus an additional 221 who have died while having probable cases, DPH said.

The state also reported an additional 162 new cases of the virus in the state, pushing the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mass. to 111,533. Also Thursday, 69 new probable cases of coronavirus were reported.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 11,555 new people have taken molecular tests for COVID-19 in Mass. That means that, in total, 1,262,877 individuals have been administered 1,653,792 molecular tests.

Additionally, DPH reported that 598 new people were given antibody tests since their last update, pushing the number of people who have been administered that type of test in the state to 99,768.

As of Thursday, 403 people remained hospitalized with the virus in Massachusetts.

Live updates for Wednesday, August 5

Mass. DPH announces 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 338 additional positive cases

The number of new COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts has continued to drop on Wednesday, as the state’s Department of Public Health reported two new deaths in people who had confirmed cases of the virus.

In total, 8,438 people in the commonwealth have died with confirmed cases of the virus, plus an additional 221 who have died while having probable cases, DPH said.

The state also reported an additional 338 new cases of the virus in the state, pushing the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mass. to 111,371.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, DPH reported that 17,216 new people have taken molecular tests for COVID-19 in Mass. That means that, in total, 1,251,322 individuals have been administered 1,636,875 molecular tests.

Additionally, DPH reported that 872 new people were given antibody tests since their last update, pushing the number of people who have been administered that type of test in the commonwealth to 99,170.

Tuesday, August 4

City of Somerville to start school year fully remotely

Somerville officials have announced all schools in the district will start the 2020 Fall semester with fully remote learning.

The city has decided that students will start off the school year by learning remotely and will work toward a hybrid model with an eventual return to in-person classes as the pandemic allows.

Given the rising number of cases and the concerning positive test rate trend, Somerville has decided to join other districts in opting for online learning and keeping students, parents and staff safe.

In a statement, Mayor Joe Curtatone acknowledged that in-person learning is the best option for children in school however, given the impending safety concerns and the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, remote learning is, right now, the most feasible option.

Massachusetts sees jump in new cases of COVID-19 as nine confirmed deaths reported

The state saw a jump in new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, as 438 confirmed cases and 108 new probable cases were reported by the state Department of Public Health, along with nine confirmed deaths from the virus statewide.

That’s an increase from 165 confirmed cases reported on Monday, bringing the total of confirmed cases of the virus in Massachusetts to 111,033.

The total of COVID-19 cases classified as probable by the state is now 8,170.

To date, 8,436 people with confirmed cases of the virus have died in Massachusetts, in addition to 221 deaths resulting from people with probable cases.

The number of people being tested in the state is also on the rise. As of Tuesday, 15,316 people had received molecular tests--up from 12,278 new tests administered the day before--bringing the total number of molecular tests administered in the state to 1,234,106.

Also, 783 new people in the Commonwealth received an antibody tests, increasing the number of people in Mass. who have taken that type of test to 98,298.

There are 354 people currently hospitalized in Massachusetts with COVID-19.

Live updates for Monday, August 3

New confirmed COVID-19 cases see steep drop as new deaths continue to fall

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state has dropped by nearly 200 cases Monday after the state’s Department of Public Health reported that there are 165 new confirmed cases in Mass.

There are now 110,595 confirmed cases of the virus in Massachusetts, plus an additional 8,062 probable cases after DPH announced 34 new probable cases in the state as of Monday.

Additionally the state reported that 10 more people in Mass. have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19. In total, 8,427 people in the commonwealth have died with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

After two days of increases in the number of COVID-19 cases currently in Mass. hospitals, that number has dropped to 375, a 31-case decrease from Sunday.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, Mass. DPH reported that 12,278 new individuals have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19. In total, 1,218,790 people in Mass. have taken a combined 1,589,682 molecular tests for the virus.

Also, 222 new people in the commonwealth were administered antibody tests for the virus, DPH said, pushing the number of people in Mass. who have taken that type of test to 97,515.

Sunday, August 2

DPH announces 11 new COVID-19 deaths as number of positive cases jumps to 353

The state’s Department of Public Health announced that 11 new people in Mass. have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, a decrease of six from Saturday. That pushes the total number of people in Mass. who have died while having confirmed cases of the virus to 8,417.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported a jump in the number of new positive cases in the state, with 353 new cases Sunday - an increase of 63 confirmed cases from Saturday. In total, there are 110,430 confirmed cases of the virus in Mass. plus an additional 8,028 probable cases.

There were 65 new probable cases of the coronavirus as of Sunday, DPH said. The state also announced that one more person has died while having a probable case of COVID-19.

The number of total hospitalizations in the state from the virus increased for the second consecutive day, with 37 more people in the hospital for COVID-19. There are currently 406 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Mass.

In an update to the state’s testing numbers, Mass. DPH reported that 13,312 new individuals took molecular tests for COVID-19. In total, 1,206,512 people have taken a combined 1,573,852 molecular tests in Mass.

Additionally, 329 new people were administered antibody tests for COVID-19 in the state. That pushes the total number of people who have taken that type of test in Mass. to 97,293.

BMC seeing uptick in coronavirus cases, ER doctor says

Saturday, August 1

State reports 17 new COVID-19 deaths, 290 additional positive cases

On Saturday night, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that 17 more people in the state have died while having positive cases of COVID-19, pushing the total number of fatalities in people with confirmed cases of the virus to 8,406.

The state also announced that 290 people have confirmed cases of the coronavirus since their latest update on Friday afternoon. That number, though, is inflated due to continued delayed reporting in test results, DPH said.

In total, there are 110,077 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth plus an additional 7,963 probable cases; Mass. DPH reported 138 new probable cases Saturday.

The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state has ticked up slightly Saturday, with 369 people currently hospitalized with the virus - an increase of 22 people from Friday. New hospitalizations were slightly down, however, as 21 people were admitted with confirmed cases and 156 admitted with suspected cases - both slight decreases from Friday.

And one day after the number of hospitals at surge capacity dropped to three, Saturday’s DPH report said that the number has again increased to four hospitals.

In an update to the state’s COVID-19 testing numbers, DPH reported that 12,595 new individuals were tested via molecular tests. In total, 1,193,200 people in Mass. have taken a combined 1,553,550 molecular tests.

Additionally, 784 new people were tested via antibody test, pushing the total number of people in Mass. who were tested via that method to 96,964.

Friday, July 31

Mass. DPH announces 14 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, 387 additional cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced that an additional 14 people in the commonwealth have died while being positive for COVID-19, the organization announced in a report Friday afternoon.

That increase means that, in total, 8,389 people have died in the state while having confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

DPH also announced that there are 387 new confirmed cases of the virus in the state, though they did say that a delay in test results reporting from multiple laboratories is one reason for that high number. There are currently 109,787 confirmed positive cases in Mass.

Additionally, the state reported an additional 127 probable cases of the coronavirus, pushing the total number of probable cases in Mass. to 7,825.

Hospitalizations in the commonwealth from the virus fell for the second straight day on Friday, with 20 fewer people in hospitals for COVID-19, per DPH. There are currently 347 people in hospitals across Mass. with COVID-19 cases.

The number of new hospital admissions for the virus did see a slight uptick Friday, however, as 25 people were admitted with confirmed cases of COVID-19, while 162 were brought in with suspected cases.

In an update to the total testing numbers in Massachusetts, DPH announced that 19,151 new individuals were tested in Mass. via molecular tests. In total, 1,180,605 people have taken a combined 1,535,835 molecular tests in the state, DPH said.

Additionally, 963 new people were administered antibody tests, DPH announced. In total, 96,180 people in Mass. have taken that type of test for COVID-19.

Thursday, July 30

DPH reports 15 new deaths from confirmed COVID-19 cases, 304 additional cases announced

As state officials and health experts continue to warn East Coast residents about a potential surge in cases, DPH officials reported 15 new deaths from confirmed COVID-19 cases and another 304 more cases.

On Thursday, the positive test rate remained at 2%, a number we reached on Wednesday. The three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital also increased to 374, the highest since this past weekend. Currently, four hospitals in the area are at surge capacity, but the three-day average of COVID-19 deaths dropped from 16 to 13.

Since the outbreak began in the state, Massachusetts saw 8,375 deaths from the virus, 109,400 total people became infected and 1,161,454 people were tested for COVID-19 via molecular tests while 95,217 were tested for antibodies.

Live updates for Wednesday, July 29

State reports 29 new COVID-19-related deaths, 356 more cases

On Wednesday, the United states registered 150,000 Covid-19-related deaths, a grim milestone for the country that now has the highest coronavirus death toll in the world.

Locally, 29 new Covid-19 deaths and 365 more cases were reported as more tests have started to come back positive, a number higher than what we’ve been seeing recently. While testing capacities are trending in the right direction, the number of negative tests seems to be heading in a different direction.

Something to note is that a technical reporting error by a hospital group caused a delay in its laboratory test results being reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. These newly reported test results have been included in today’s dashboard report and are reflected in today’s case totals. However, these positive test results have been assigned retrospectively to the appropriate date of test.

Currently, 390 people remain hospitalized for the virus, where 62 are in the ICU and 23 people remain intubated.

So far, 8,360 lives have been lost to the novel coronavirus and 109,096 people have been infected. A total of 1,149,230 people have been tested by molecular tests while 1,489,896 of those tests have been administered; 94,348 in total have been tested for antibodies.

Live updates for Tuesday, July 28

Mass. DPH reports 14 confirmed new COVID-19 deaths, 178 additional confirmed cases

Fourteen additional people in the state have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, the state’s Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday afternoon.

That pushes the total number of people in Mass. who have died with confirmed cases of the virus to 8,331 people. The state also reported that one additional person died while having a probable case of the coronavirus.

Additionally, Mass. DPH announced an increase of 178 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. That brings the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mass. to 108,740.

Seventy-eight more people also have probable cases of COVID-19, DPH said, bringing the total number of probable cases in Mass. to 7,442.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations also increased slightly, the state announced Tuesday. Despite a previous three-day decrease in total hospitalizations, the number of people currently in the hospital for COVID-19 jumped by 14 people to 364.

The number of new hospitalizations for confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 also increased slightly Tuesday, with 25 hospitalized for confirmed cases and 139 admitted for suspected cases.

The number of hospitals in Mass. that are currently at surge capacity also leapt from zero on Monday to four Tuesday.

In the state’s Tuesday report, DPH announced that 9,881 new people were administered molecular tests for COVID-19, pushing the total number of people in Mass. who have taken that type of test to 1,133,674.

Additionally, 460 new people took antibody tests for the coronavirus, bringing the total amount in Mass. who have taken that type of test to 93,124 people.

Monday, July 27

Mass. Teacher’s Association says state agreed to reduce school year to 170 days

The Massachusetts Teacher’s Association announced on Monday the state has agreed to lower the number of days in the school year to 170 days instead of 180.

Now, teachers across the Commonwealth have an extra 10 days to prepare for the upcoming school year due to the impact COVID-19 has had on education.

The state says districts must start classes for the year no later than Sept. 14th.

State reports 7 new COVID-19 deaths, 182 new cases; women comprise 55 percent of total cases in Massachusetts

Seven new deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Massachusetts, and women comprise the vast majority -- at 55 percent -- of the total number of cases statewide, state health officials announced Monday.

As of Monday, 63,151 women make up 55 percent of the state’s coronavirus cases, compared with 51,026 men, or 45 percent of all cases, in Massachusetts.

State health officials announced 182 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in Massachusetts to 108,562.

To date, 8,317 people with confirmed cases of the virus have died in the state.

A total of 10,291 people were tested, according to new state data. There have now been 1,123,793 people tested for the virus.

There are 350 people who remain hospitalized for the virus, down slightly from 364 hospitalized patients on Sunday.

Officials reported 107 probable cases, bringing the total number of probable cases in the state to 7,364. There are 219 total deaths among probable cases.

The average age of total COVID-19 cases is 51, average age of hospitalizations is 68, and the average age of COVID-19 deaths is 82.

Live updates for Sunday, July 26

State reports 19 new COVID-19 deaths, 273 new cases

State health officials announced another 19 people have died from COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total to 8,310 confirmed COVID-related deaths.

Another 273 confirmed cases were reported. There are now 108,380 confirmed cases in Massachusetts.

A total of 9,780 people were tested, according to new state data. There have now been 1,113,502 people tested for the virus.

There are 364 cases in the hospital, down after seeing a spike in hospitalizations on Monday.

Officials reported 96 probable cases, bringing the total number of probable cases in the state to 7,257. There are 219 total deaths among probable cases.

The average age of total COVID-19 cases is 51, average age of hospitalizations is 68, and the average age of COVID-19 deaths is 82.

Friday, July 24

14 new deaths from COVID-19 reported, 50-59 age group leads state with highest number of COVID-19 cases, DPH says

Fourteen new deaths from coronavirus were reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Friday, with 214 new confirmed cases of the virus surfacing.

And, Massachusetts residents in their 50s lead the state with the highest number of cases by age group, with the average age of total COVID-19 cases at 51, health officials said.

A total of 18,108 people ranging in age from 50 to 59 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 statewide.

The age group with the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases are people between the ages of 30 and 39, with a total of 17,402 cases in that age group; followed by people between the ages of 20 and 29, a group that ranks third with a total of 16,621 cases in that age group in the state.

The total number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 -- 397 people -- increased slightly on Friday, up from 351 people who remained hospitalized with the virus on Thursday.

So far, 8,279 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus have died.

The top five counties in Massachusetts with the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases are: Middlesex, with 25,190 cases; Suffolk, with 20,793 cases; Essex, with 16,883 cases, Worcester, with 13,019 and Norfolk, with 9,895 cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Massachusetts is 107,897 to date.

Testing in the state continues, with 13,104 more people tested for coronavirus as of Friday. To date, 1,092,392 people have been tested via molecular tests in Massachusetts.

Live updates for Thursday, July 23

16 new deaths from COVID-19 reported, Mass. DPH report shows overall hospitalizations continue to increase

Sixteen new deaths from coronavirus were reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Thursday, as the number of hospitalizations for the virus continue to rise.

Also Thursday, 270 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Massachusetts, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 107,683 to date.

On Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations increased dramatically for the first time in two weeks, and on Wednesday and Thursday those numbers continued to grow.

As of Thursday, 351 people remain hospitalized for coronavirus; 59 of those patients were in the intensive care unit and 30 patients were intubated.

So far, 8,484 people have died after contracting COVID-19.

The number of people being tested for the virus has also increased.

As of Thursday, 16,133 more people were tested for coronavirus, up from 10,786 people who were tested on Wednesday. To date, 1,079,288 people have been tested via molecular tests in Massachusetts.

Middlesex County, with 1,951 deaths to date, leads the state with the highest number of deaths from coronavirus statewide.

Thursday’s coronavirus data was released Thursday evening and hours later than usual. The DPH issued this statement regarding the delay in reporting: “In response to the newly mandated federal hospital reporting requirements, hospitals and the Department of Public Health have experienced technical difficulties and data integrity issues in reporting the data. As a result, today’s daily Public Health Dashboard is late. The Department is working to mitigate these reporting challenges soon.”

Live updates for Wednesday, July 22

Mass. DPH report shows overall hospitalizations continue to increase following biggest jump in two weeks

On Tuesday, the number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations increased dramatically for the first time in two weeks, and on Wednesday those numbers continued to grow.

The increase in hospitalizations has caused the three-day hospitalization average to increase. Per state data, six hospitals in the area are using surge capacity, which is two more since the week started.

As of today, 532 people remain hospitalized due to the novel coronavirus.

Also on Wednesday, the state reported 18 new deaths among confirmed COVID-19 cases and 192 more cases were announced.

The seven-day positive test rate also increased, according to the new data. Along with that, the three-day average of COVID-19-related deaths has been growing.

So far, 8,249 people have died after contracting COVID-19 while 107,413 people have tested positive. As of Wednesday, 10,786 more people got tested for the virus, bringing the total of people tested via molecular tests to 1,063,155. A total of 1,369,551 molecular tests have been administered.

Live updates for Tuesday, July 21

State reports 17 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Mass., increase in hospitalizations

After Monday’s low death rate of one person from COVID-19 in Mass., the state’s Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday afternoon that 17 confirmed deaths of coronavirus have occurred in the state.

And hospitalizations for the virus have increased again, state numbers show.

The 17 deaths reported Tuesday were all confirmed cases; there were no probable deaths reported.

In total, 8,231 people have died in Massachusetts with confirmed cases of COVID-19, while 219 others passed away after having probable cases of the virus.

The state also announced the latest number of new cases in Mass. with 165 new confirmed cases and 79 additional probable cases. That means that there are now 107,221 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state plus an additional 6,812 probable cases.

The number of patients hospitalized in Mass. because of the virus has also increased, after the state saw a steady decrease in those numbers over the past week. Thirty more people remain hospitalized with COVID-19, bringing the number of patients currently hospitalized to 513.

The number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state also increased today, with 23 confirmed hospitalizations plus an additional 214 suspected COVID-19 admissions.

DPH also updated their testing statistics in their Tuesday update, as they announced that 7,821 new people have taken molecular tests. As of Tuesday, 1,052,369 people have taken a molecular test in Mass.

Additionally, 573 new people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19. In total, 87,006 people have been administered that type of test for the virus in the state.

Live updates for Monday, July 20

State reports just 1 confirmed COVID-19 death in Mass.

After two consecutive days of decreased new deaths from COVID-19 in Mass., the state’s Department of Public Health announced on Monday afternoon that just two new people have died from the virus in Mass.

Of those two people, one died with a confirmed case of the virus, while the other had a probable case.

In total, 8,214 people have died in Massachusetts with confirmed cases of COVID-19, while 219 others passed away after having probable cases of the virus.

The state also announced the latest number of new cases in Mass. with 174 new confirmed cases and 81 additional probable cases. That means that there are now 107,056 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth plus an additional 6,733 probable cases.

The number of patients hospitalized in Mass. because of the virus has again dropped for the fifth consecutive day. Fifteen fewer people remain hospitalized with COVID-19, bringing the number of patients currently hospitalized to 483.

The number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state also dropped today, with 21 confirmed hospitalizations plus an additional 198 suspected admittances.

DPH also updated their testing statistics in their Monday update, as they announced that 10,665 new people have taken molecular tests. That means that, as of Monday, 1,044,548 people have taken a combined 1,342,652 molecular tests in Mass.

Additionally, 268 new people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19. In total, 86,433 people have been administered that type of test for the virus in the state.

Sunday, July 19

Mass. DPH announces 12 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, 296 additional cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Sunday afternoon that 12 more people in Massachusetts have died as a result of COVID-19. All of those 12 new deaths occurred in people with confirmed cases of the virus.

In total, 8,213 people in the commonwealth have died while having confirmed cases of COVID-19, while 218 additional people have died with probable cases of the coronavirus.

Additionally, the state is reporting 296 new cases of COVID-19 in Mass. as of Sunday. Of those nearly 300 new cases, 218 are confirmed while 78 are considered probable at this time. Currently, there are 106,882 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Mass. plus an added 6,652 probable cases.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the state again declined for the fourth consecutive day, this time dropping by a single person to 498 cases. The number of new hospitalizations also decreased as 270 people were admitted for COVID-19 Saturday, though only 26 of those cases were confirmed to be from the coronavirus.

DPH also updated the state’s testing statistics in their Sunday report. Since the state’s latest update Saturday, 13,624 new people have been tested via molecular tests. That means that, currently, 1,033,883 people in Massachusetts have taken a combined 1,328,399 molecular tests for COVID-19.

Additionally, 542 new people have been administered antibody tests for the virus, pushing the total number of people in the commonwealth to be tested via that method to 86,165.

Saturday, July 18

State reports 17 confirmed new COVID-19 deaths, 359 additional cases

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Saturday afternoon that 17 new people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the state. Of those latest fatalities, all 17 people had confirmed cases of the virus at the time of their deaths, per DPH.

In total, 8,201 have people died in Mass. with confirmed cases of COVID-19, while 218 have died while having probable cases of the virus.

In addition to the latest death totals from the virus, the state also reported new figures on how many Mass. residents currently have COVID-19. They reported that 177 new people have confirmed cases of the coronavirus, pushing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 106,664.

The state also announced that 182 people have probable cases of the virus at this time, meaning that there are 6,574 probable cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

The number of hospitalizations for the coronavirus in the commonwealth continues to decline. As of Saturday there are 499 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Mass., down 16 patients from Friday and the third consecutive day that the number has declined.

As far as testing goes, there were 12,064 new people in Mass. tested via molecular test, DPH announced. That means that, in total, 1,020,259 individuals have taken a combined 1,309,804 molecular tests for COVID-19.

Additionally, 1,084 new people were administered antibody tests for COVID-19. In total, 85,623 people in Massachusetts have taken that type of test.

Friday, July 17

DPH reports 21 new COVID-19 deaths, 216 additional cases

The state Dept. of Public Health reports 21 new COVID-19 related deaths Friday and 216 new confirmed cases. There have now been 8,184 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts and the total number of confirmed cases rises to 106,487.

Health officials say there was also one probable COVID-19 related death and 82 new probable cases. There are now 6,392 probable COVID-19 cases in the state and 218 probable deaths.

In Friday’s report, 12,821 new tests were administered. A total of 1,008,195 Massachusetts residents have now been tested for coronavirus.

There are currently 515 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 76 cases in the ICU.

Thursday, July 16

Mass. DPH announces 12 new COVID-19 deaths, 234 additional cases

Twelve new deaths from COVID-19 in Massachusetts were announced on Thursday, according to the state Department of Public Health. Of those deaths, 11 occurred in people who had confirmed cases of the virus, while the other happened in a person who had a probable case of the coronavirus.

In total, 8,163 people in Massachusetts have died with confirmed cases of COVID-19, while an additional 217 people died with probable cases of the virus.

Middlesex County, with 1,934 deaths, leads the state among counties with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19. Counties with the second- and third-highest number of deaths from the virus are Essex County, with 1,136 deaths, and Suffolk County, with 1,027 deaths.

The state also announced Thursday that there are 234 new cases of the virus in Massachusetts. Of those new cases, 143 are confirmed COVID-19 while 91 are considered probable at this time. As of Thursday evening, there are 106,271 confirmed cases and 6,310 probable cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts.

In an update to their testing numbers, Mass. DPH reported that 12,880 new individuals have taken molecular tests for the virus. That means that, in total, 982,494 people have been administered 1,274,585 molecular tests for COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Additionally, 1,189 new people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19, pushing the total number of people tested via that method to 83,598.

Live updates for Wednesday, July 15

Mass. DPH announces 28 new COVID-19 deaths, 217 additional cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced an additional 28 deaths from COVID-19 in the commonwealth as of Wednesday. Of those deaths, 27 occurred in people who had confirmed cases of the virus, while the other happened in a person who had a probable case of the coronavirus.

In total, 8,152 people in Massachusetts have died with confirmed cases of COVID-19, while an additional 216 people died with probable cases of the virus.

The state also announced Wednesday that there are 217 new cases of the virus in Massachusetts. Of those new cases, 142 are confirmed COVID-19 while 75 are considered probable at this time. As of Wednesday evening, there are 106,128 confirmed cases and 6,219 probable cases of the coronavirus in the commonwealth.

In an update to their testing numbers, Mass. DPH reported that 10,424 new individuals have taken molecular tests for the virus. That means that, in total, 982,494 people have been administered 1,256,303 molecular tests for COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Additionally, 884 new people have taken antibody tests for COVID-19, pushing the total number of people tested via that method to 82,409.

And while the number of new hospitalizations has increased after a two-day decrease, the three-day average for hospitalizations is down roughly 84% since June 15.

Tuesday, July 14

State reports 10 new COVID-19 deaths, 203 more confirmed cases

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued a report stating 10 more people have died after contracting COVID-19 in the state and 203 more have been infected by the virus.

8,125 people in total have died after testing positive for COVID-19 and a total of 105,986 cases have been confirmed.

The news comes as the positive test rate in the state continued to trend positively, as well as the state’s contact tracing and testing capacities. The number of hospitals using surge capacity has fallen by 90% since the beginning of the outbreak as less cases are requiring hospitalization.

Also on Tuesday 11,971 more molecular tests were administered and 637 more people were tested for antibodies, bringing the total number of tests administered to 1,241,465 and 81,525, respectively.

Suffolk County remains the area with the highest prevalence of the novel coronavirus in the state.

As of today, 560 people remain hospitalized due to the virus.

Live updates from Monday, July 13

Mass. DPH reports 5 new COVID-19 deaths, 230 additional cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced Monday that five new people have died as a result of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. All of those deaths occurred in people with confirmed cases of the virus.

In total, 8,115 people in the commonwealth have died with confirmed cases of the virus, while 215 have died with probable cases of the virus, per DPH statistics.

Mass. DPH also reported an additional 230 cases of COVID-19 in the state since their latest update Sunday. Of those new cases, 154 are confirmed while 76 are considered probable at this time. In Massachusetts, there have been 105,783 total confirmed cases of the virus plus an additional 6,044 probable cases.

Updating their testing statistics, DPH announced that 8,587 new people have taken molecular tests for COVID-19 since Sunday’s update. That increase means that, in total, 960,099 people have been administered a combined 1,225,332 molecular tests in the state.

Additionally, 315 new people have taken antibody tests for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of people tested via antibody tests in the commonwealth to 80,888.

Sunday, July 12

State announces 15 new COVID-19 deaths, 199 new cases

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 15 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state on Sunday afternoon, pushing the total number of fatalities in the commonwealth to 8,325 people.

Of those more than 8,000 deaths, 8,110 had confirmed cases of COVID-19 while 215 had probable cases.

The state also announced an additional 199 cases of COVID-19 in the state, 172 of which are confirmed cases while 27 are considered probable at this time. In total, there are 105,629 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts and an additional 5,968 probable cases.

In the state’s update to its testing numbers, Mass. DPH announced that 11,119 new people have taken molecular tests since their latest update Saturday. In total, 951,512 people in Massachusetts have taken 1,213,914 molecular tests.

Additionally, 512 new people have been administered antibody tests, DPH said. That pushes the total number of people who have taken antibody tests to 80,573.

Saturday, July 11

Mass. DPH announces 14 new COVID-19 deaths, 288 new cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Saturday evening an additional 14 deaths from COVID-19 in the commonwealth. All of those 14 deaths occurred in people who had confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

In total, 8,310 people have died as a result of the virus, per DPH. Of those fatalities, 8,095 people had confirmed cases of COVID-19 while the other 215 had probable cases of the coronavirus.

Mass. DPH also reported 288 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, 167 of which are confirmed cases while 121 are considered probable at this time. In total, there are 105,457 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state plus an additional 5,941 probable cases.

In the state’s update to their COVID-19 testing numbers, DPH reported that 7,597 new people have taken molecular tests for the virus, meaning that a total of 940,393 individuals have been administered 1,199,411 molecular tests in the state.

Additionally, 988 new people have taken antibody tests for the virus in Mass., DPH said. In total, 80,061 people have taken that type of test in the commonwealth.

Friday, July 10

State announces 28 new COVID-19 deaths, 152 new cases

The state Dept. of Health released new data Friday showing another 28 people have died from COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The state’s death toll among confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 8,081.

Another 152 confirmed cases have been announced, bringing the total number of cases to 105,290.

Over 12,000 new people have been tested for COVID-19, according to Friday’s data. Over 1.1 million tests have been administered in the state since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The state is not reporting any new probable deaths Thursday, but did report an additional 61 probable cases. There are now 5,820 probable COVID-19 cases in Mass., and 215 probable deaths.

There are currently 632 people hospitalized with the virus, and 98 people in the ICU with the virus.

Live updates from Thursday, July 9

State announces 25 new COVID-19 deaths, 177 new cases

The state Dept. of Health released new data Thursday showing another 25 people have died from COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The state’s death toll among confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 8,053.

Another 177 confirmed cases have been announced, bringing the total number of cases to 105,138.

Over 9,000 new people have been tested for COVID-19, according to Thursday’s data. Over 1.1 million tests have been administered in the state since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The state is not reporting any new probable deaths Thursday, but did report an additional 118 probable cases. There are now 5,759 probable COVID-19 cases in Mass., and 215 probable deaths.

There are currently 635 people hospitalized with the virus, and 103 people in the ICU with the virus.

Wednesday, July 8

State announces 30 new COVID-19 deaths, 162 additional confirmed cases

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Wednesday that 30 new people have died as a result of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Those deaths, all of which occurred in people with confirmed cases of the virus, push the total number of deaths in the Commonwealth to 8,243 people.

Of those more than 8,000 deaths in Mass., 8,028 occurred in people with confirmed cases of the virus while 215 occurred in people with probable cases of COVID-19.

The state also announced an additional 162 confirmed cases of the virus, on top of 102 new probable cases in Mass. In total, there are 110,602 cases of COVID-19 in the state - 104,961 of which are confirmed and 5,641 of which are considered probable.

Mass. DPH also updated their testing numbers in Wednesday’s release.

Since their last update Tuesday, 9,133 new people have taken molecular tests for COVID-19. That increase means that 910,354 individuals in Massachusetts have taken a total of 1,157,023 molecular tests.

Additionally, 1,060 new people have taken antibody tests, DPH announced. In total, 77,150 people in Mass. have been administered that type of test.

Tuesday, July 7

Mass. DPH announces 15 new COVID-19 deaths, 140 additional cases

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Tuesday afternoon an additional 15 COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Those deaths push the total number of confirmed fatalities in Massachusetts from the virus to 8,213. Of those more than 8,000 deaths, 7,998 occurred in people who had confirmed cases of COVID-19 while the other 215 people had probable cases.

Additionally, Mass. DPH announced 140 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.

In total, there are 104,799 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Since DPH’s latest update on Monday evening, 7,282 new people have been administered molecular tests, pushing the total number of people given that type of test to 901,221.

More than 1 million people have had molecular and antibody tests for the virus in Massachusetts to date.

Live updates from Monday, July 6

Mass. DPH announces 15 new COVID-19 deaths, 157 additional cases

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Monday afternoon an additional 15 COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Those deaths push the total number of confirmed fatalities in Massachusetts from the virus to 8,198. Of those more than 8,000 deaths, 7,983 occurred in people who had confirmed cases of COVID-19 while the other 215 people had probable cases.

Additionally, Mass. DPH announced 157 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.

In total, there are 104,659 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Since DPH’s latest update on Sunday evening, 7,726 new people have been administered molecular tests, pushing the total number of people given that type of test to 893,939.

To date, more than 1 million people have been given molecular and antibody tests for the virus in Massachusetts.

Live updates from Sunday, July 5

Mass. DPH announces 11 new COVID-19 deaths, 136 additional cases

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Sunday afternoon an additional 11 COVID-19 deaths in the state. Of those deaths, 10 people had confirmed cases of the virus while one of them had a probable case.

Those deaths push the total number of fatalities in Massachusetts from the virus to 8,183. Of those more than 8,000 deaths, 7,968 occurred in people who had confirmed cases of COVID-19 while the other 215 people had probable cases.

Additionally, Mass. DPH announced 136 new cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, 111 of which were confirmed, while 25 are considered probable.

In total, there are 104,502 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and an additional 5,472 probable cases.

Since DPH’s latest update on Saturday evening, 334 new people have been administered antibody tests, pushing the total number of people given that type of test to 75,636. Additionally, 5,893 new individuals were given molecular tests for COVID-19.

That means, in total, 886,213 people have taken a combined 1,124,217 molecular tests in Massachusetts.

Saturday, July 4

DPH announces 23 new COVID-19 deaths, 210 additional cases

The death toll from COVID-19 in Massachusetts has risen on Saturday after the state’s Department of Public Health announced that 23 new people who had confirmed cases of the virus have died in the state. That pushes the total number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the Commonwealth to 8,172.

Of the more than 8,000 deaths, 7,958 of those victims had confirmed cases of the virus while 214 had probable cases, DPH said.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that there are 210 new cases of the virus in the state, with 163 of those new cases confirmed and 47 considered probable. In total there are 109,838 cases of COVID-19 in Mass.; 104,391 are considered confirmed while 5,447 are considered probable.

Since DPH’s last update on Friday, 704 new people have taken antibody tests for the virus, pushing the total number of people in Mass. who have taken that type of test to 75,302.

Also, 7,940 new people were administered molecular tests for COVID-19 since Friday’s report. In total, 880,320 people have been given 1,116,271 molecular tests.

Friday, July 3

State announces 17 new COVID-19 deaths, 290 more cases

On Friday, July 3, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced 17 new deaths from confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported and 290 new cases were announced, where 78 are considered probable.

The death toll from the virus in the state is now at 8,149 and 109,628 total cases have been reported.

The overall rate of positive tests by molecular testing has dropped since at least late May. Middlesex County currently has the highest number of cases per county.

While the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has been dropping, 656 people are currently hospitalized due to the virus, where 106 are currently in the ICU and 55 are intubated.

So far, 1,105,013 molecular tests have been administered and 872,380 people have been tested.

Live updates from Thursday, July 2

Mass. DPH announces 16 new COVID-19 deaths from confirmed cases, 35 considered probable; 158 newly confirmed cases

On a milestone day for Massachusetts when Governor Charlie Baker announced the date Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan would begin, 16 new deaths from confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in the Commonwealth while 35 were considered probable.

The death toll comes amid 158 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus reported Thursday by the State Department of Public Health.

The total number of confirmed cases in the state now rises to 104,016.

Live updates from Wednesday, July 1

Mass. DPH announces 28 new COVID-19 deaths, 261 additional cases

Just one day after the state reported no new COVID-19 deaths in Mass. for the first time since March, the death toll in Massachusetts from the virus has again increased. The state’s Department of Public Health announced an additional 28 COVID-19 deaths in Mass. on Wednesday night.

Of those deaths, all 28 occurred in people who had confirmed cases of COVID-19. In total, 7,902 people have died while having a confirmed case of COVID-19, while 179 passed away with probable cases of the virus, per DPH.

Additionally, Mass. DPH reported that there are 261 new cases of the virus in the state, of which 157 are confirmed and 104 are considered probable. In total, there are 103,858 confirmed cases of the virus in Mass. plus an additional 5,285 probable cases.

Since Mass. DPH’s latest update Tuesday, 1,066 new people have received antibody tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of people administered that type of test to 72,752. Additionally, 10,190 new people were given molecular tests for COVID-19.

In total, 853,150 people have been administered 1,079,648 molecular tests in Massachusetts, DPH said.

Tuesday, June 30

State reports no new COVID-19 deaths, 114 new cases

On Tuesday, state health officials announced no new deaths from the novel coronavirus were reported. Meanwhile, 114 new cases have been reported.

Revised data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which identifies and removes duplicate reports, shows the actual number of confirmed and probable deaths related to COVID-19 is lower than what had previously been reported. The new total number of deaths is currently at 8,054. As for deaths among confirmed cases, the total number is 7,874.

According to the newest report, 73 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported while 41 are considered probable cases.

So far, 1,066,060 molecular tests have been administered, while 842,960 people have been tested by molecular tests. 71,686 total people have been tested for antibodies.

Currently the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts is in Suffolk County.

Monday, June 29

Mass. DPH announces 35 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, 101 additional cases in state

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Monday evening that 35 additional COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed in Massachusetts. Those deaths bring the number of confirmed fatalities in the state to 7,895 people, while an additional 200 people have died while having probable cases of the virus.

Mass. DPH also reported 101 new cases of the virus in the Commonwealth, with 89 of those cases confirmed and 12 considered probable at this time. In total, there are 103,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts plus an additional 5,140 probable cases, per DPH.

Since DPH’s latest update on Sunday, 6,481 people have been administered molecular tests for COVID-19 while 292 new people have received antibody tests.

In total, 837,147 people have received 1,057,932 molecular tests, while 70,768 people have been given antibody tests.

Sunday, June 28

State announces 19 new COVID-19 deaths, 224 cases

According to new data released by state health officials on Sunday, there have been 19 new COVID-19 deaths in the state, bringing the total deaths from the virus to 8,060.

Officials reported another 224 cases Sunday, 163 of which are confirmed while 61 are probable.

There are a total of 108,667 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

The state performed tests on another 9,391 people, bringing the total number of people tested to 830,666. A total of 1,048,942 tests have been administered in the state.

Currently, there are 748 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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