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Massachusetts Health Officials Reported 795 New COVID-19 Cases

Massachusetts State health officials reported 795 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths as hospitalizations continue a downward trend amid the vaccine rollout. The state estimated active cases is now 19,125 cases, down from the estimated active case tally of 36,775 cases a couple of weeks ago. Virus cases and deaths have been lower in the last couple of weeks.

Statewide hospitalizations have also been dropping amid the state’s vaccine rollout. Total hospitalizations declined by 18 patients, bringing the total to 441 patients. There are 128 patients in the intensive care unit and 66 are intubated. Across the state, 85.6% of hospital beds are currently occupied and 75% of ICU beds are taken. The average number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus is 60.

Nearly eight new virus deaths bring the state’s total confirmed death toll to 17,676. Daily deaths have declined significantly from upwards of 80 per day in January and nearly 200 in April 2020 when the pandemic first hit. The Massachusetts health Officials reported 795 new cases which bring the state’s total case count up to 652,535. The seven-day average of confirmed cases is 617. The lowest that rate has ever been since the start of the pandemic was 156 in July.

The state’s seven-day average weighted positive test rate is 1.32%, down from 1.65% a week ago. More than 7.9 million vaccine doses have been shipped to the state, and more than 6.6 million have been given out, according to the daily vaccine report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. About 42% of all Massachusetts residents are now vaccinated against coronavirus and 55% have received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

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