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COVID hospitalizations in Massachusetts rise to 215 while the state averaged 685 new cases a day over the weekend

Massachusetts averaged 685 new COVID cases a day from Saturday through Monday, while averaging 8,261 new vaccinations a day during that time period.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released updated COVID data Monday, including data from over the weekend. The state reported 2,054 more cases in the period of Saturday through Monday and saw hospitalizations rise to 215 patients — the number had dipped into the 80s at the end of June. Of those patients, 50 are in intensive care and 19 are intubated.

There were two more confirmed deaths since Friday.

The seven-day average of percent positivity of new tests is now 2.28%, up from a pandemic low of 0.31% on June 25.

New cases of COVID have been rising weekly since about June 25 as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread among both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Cases have been steadily rising for five weeks. Tests from last week are still being reported.

Updated data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention now shows nine Massachusetts counties at either substantial or high risk for COVID-19 transmission, up from four counties last week.

Counties at high risk for transmission of the virus include Nantucket and Barnstable counties. Last week’s CDC data showed Bristol and Suffolk counties at substantial risk, while this week Hampden, Worcester, Middlesex, Essex and Plymouth counties were added.

The CDC is recommending people in these areas wear masks when in public settings indoors even if they are vaccinated.

The Massachusetts community experiencing the highest outbreak of COVID continues to be Provincetown, although Town Manager Alex Morse reported Monday that the rate of infection in the community is on the decline following a cluster from the Fourth of July holiday.

As of Monday, more than 200 Provincetown residents have recovered from the virus, which infected at least 231 residents and hundreds more from out-of-state during the busy holiday weekend. The number of active cases is now less than 60 and the rate of positive tests has dipped below 5% from a peak of 15% just two weeks ago, according to Morse.

The state reported 24,783 new vaccinations since Saturday, averaging 8,261 a day.


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