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Massachusetts COVID-19 average positive test rate increases back over 2%, 19 new reported deaths



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

Massachusetts saw 1,236 more positive cases announced today. A decrease from Sunday’s report. The 7 day weighted average positive test rate increased to 2.04% from 1.98%. On March 8th, the rate was 1.78%. The rate had decreased for the last several days before today.

Massachusetts had seen 1,265 more positive cases announced yesterday.

The Massachusetts Department of Health statistics show a rise in total confirmed cases to 632,707 with 19 more reported dead (18 confirmed, 1 probable) for a total of 17,481 (17,135 confirmed, 346 probable).

The overall amount of tests administered in Massachusetts is now 20,470,233 after 38,921 new molecular tests.

The 7 day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths decreased by 0.1 to 7.6. At the beginning of February, the average death rate was 70+.

Estimated active cases saw an increase of 100+ to 34,675. Active cases had decreased the last several days before today.

Hospitalizations have increased in 87 of the last 161 days and saw an increase of 4, the second straight day of increases, to raise the total to 705. 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 19th, according to the CDC, the United States has seen 31,484,148 cases of COVID-19 with 564,292 reported deaths.

(Graphics courtesy of CDC)

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