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Mass. average positive rate increases for 2nd day, hospitalizations for 3rd day, active cases drop



Massachusetts saw an increase in hospitalizations, and average positive test rate in Tuesday’s COVID-19 report.

Massachusetts saw 968 more positive cases announced today. A decrease from Monday’s report. The 7 day weighted average positive test rate increased for a second straight day as the rate went from 2.11% from 2.04%. On March 8th, the rate was 1.78%.

Massachusetts had seen 1,236 more positive cases announced yesterday.

The Massachusetts Department of Health statistics show a rise in total confirmed cases to 633,675 with 3 more reported dead (3 confirmed, 0 probable) for a total of 17,484 (17,138 confirmed, 346 probable).

The overall amount of tests administered in Massachusetts is now 20,522,711 after 52,478 new molecular tests.

The 7 day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths decreased by 0.5 to 7.1. At the beginning of February, the average death rate was 70+.

Estimated active cases saw a decrease of 1600+ to 33,060.

Hospitalizations have increased in 88 of the last 162 days and saw an increase of 3, the third straight day of increases, to raise the total to 708. Before the previous 4+ weeks of mainly increases, COVID-19 hospitalizations had been on the decrease as there were 2,428 in the Bay State on January 4th. Late last month’s total of 580 was the lowest since November 7th.

Nursing home cases and cluster information issued on April 15th.

Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report

According to the April 15th report, Fall River has a 35.5 Average Daily COVID-19 Rate per 100,000 population (Last 14 days) (37.2 last week). New Bedford saw a decrease to 34.9 (was 36.2). Westport saw a decrease to 25.2 (was 28.6), Swansea is at 36.3, an increase, and was 29.1 last week. Somerset also saw an increase as they sit at 30.5 (was 27.00). Freetown stands at 30.0 a decrease from 36.3. Dartmouth is currently at 26.0, a jump from last week’s 23.3. Acushnet saw 20.5 (was 24.6).

59 Massachusetts communities are still in the red (high risk) which is down from 77 last week. 55 were in the red the week before and 32 the week before that. Adams, Avon, Ayer, Barnstable, Brewster, Brockton, Chelmsford, Chicopee, Dennis, Dighton, Dracut, Edgartown, Fall River, Freetown, Hamilton, Hanson, Harwich, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lee, Littleton, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Mashpee, Methuen, Middleborough, Milford, Monson, Nantucket, New Bedford, Oak Bluffs, Orange, Paxton, Plainville, Plymouth, Rehoboth, Revere, Saugus, Seekonk, Somerset, Southwick, Springfield, Sterling, Sutton, Swansea, Taunton, Templeton, Tisbury, Tyngsboro, Wareham, West Boyleston, West Bridgewater, West Springfield, Westport, Whitman, Williamstown, and Yarmouth.

Massachusetts Officials have issued a “vaccine doses administered and shipped” report updated on April 15th.


As of April 20th, according to the CDC, the United States has seen 31,541,447 cases of COVID-19 with 564,813 reported deaths.

(Graphics courtesy of CDC)

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