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Massachusetts Department of Public Health deem most COVID-19 clusters are households



Chris Lisinski

Public health officials continue to label households as the largest source by far of COVID-19 clusters in Massachusetts, while long-term care facilities host the second-highest number of clusters and linked cases.

The latest weekly report from the Department of Public Health counted 9,393 clusters in Massachusetts households between Nov. 1 and Nov. 28 — defined as two or more residents at the same address testing positive for the virus within 28 days — with 23,756 confirmed cases in that span.

Among the two dozen other categories for possible exposure settings, long-term care facilities reported more clusters and more cases than any other.

In the same four-week span of November, DPH counted 132 different clusters in long-term care facilities, where two or more cases had a common exposure, leading to 1,027 confirmed cases.

About 63 percent of the more than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts have occurred in long-term care settings, according to DPH.

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