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Massachusetts average positive test rate drops below 1.9%, active cases, hospitalizations continue decrease



Massachusetts saw a decrease in cases, average positive test rate, and hospitalizations in Saturday’s COVID-19 report.

Massachusetts saw 1,386 more positive cases announced today. A decrease from Friday’s report. The 7 day weighted average positive test rate decreased to 1.89% from 2.03%. On March 8th, the rate was 1.78%.

Massachusetts had seen 1,452 more positive cases announced yesterday.

The Massachusetts Department of Health statistics show a rise in total confirmed cases to 639,314 with 16 more reported dead (12 confirmed, 4 probable) for a total of 17,544 (17,193 confirmed, 351 probable).

The overall amount of tests administered in Massachusetts is now 20,900,149 after 106,144 new molecular tests.

The 7 day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths decreased by 1.0 to 8.0. At the beginning of February, the average death rate was 70+.

Estimated active cases saw a decrease by 1500+ to 29,717. The last three days active cases have decreased by over 3,300.

Hospitalizations have increased in 88 of the last 166 days, but saw a decrease of 11 to lower the total to 633. A fourth straight day of decreases. After several weeks of mainly increases, COVID-19 hospitalizations appear to be back on a downturn. 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 22nd.

Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report

According to the April 22nd report, Fall River has a 32.4 Average Daily COVID-19 Rate per 100,000 population (Last 14 days) (35.5 last week). New Bedford saw an increase to 36.9 (was 34.9). Westport saw a decrease to 23.5 (was 25.2), Swansea is at 34.0, a decrease, and was 36.3 last week. Somerset saw a decrease as they sit at 25.8 (was 30.5). Freetown stands at 22.1 a decrease from 30.0. Dartmouth is currently at 22.3, a decrease from last week’s 26.0. Acushnet saw 24.6 (was 20.5). Berkley has the highest rate in Bristol County at 48.2.

48 Massachusetts communities are still in the red (high risk) which is down from 59 last week. 77 were in the red the week before. Adams, Ayer, Bellingham, Berkley, Brewster, Brockton, Carver, Chicopee, Dennis, Dracut, Edgartown, Fall River, Freetown, Hampden, Harwich, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Methuen, Nantucket, New Bedford, Oak Bluffs, Palmer, Peabody, Plainville, Plymouth, Rehoboth, Revere, Seekonk, Southwick, Springfield, Sterling, Sutton, Swansea, Taunton, Templeton, Tisbury, Townsend, Upton, Wareham, West Boylston, West Bridgewater, Westport, Winchendon, and Yarmouth.

Massachusetts Officials have issued a “vaccine doses administered and shipped” report updated on April 22nd.


As of April 24th, according to the CDC, the United States has seen 31,795,248 cases of COVID-19 with 568,237 reported deaths.

(Graphics courtesy of CDC)

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