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Massachusetts down to 26 communities in the red, several from Bristol and Plymouth Counties



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

Massachusetts saw 1,260 more positive cases announced today. A decrease from Wednesday’s report. The 7 day weighted average positive test rate lowered from 1.71%, to 1.63% the lowest since October 22nd.

Massachusetts had seen 1,392 more positive cases announced yesterday.

Courtesy of MDPH

The Massachusetts Department of Health statistics show a rise in total confirmed cases to 644,688 with 16 more reported dead (16 confirmed, 0 probable) for a total of 17,594 (17,243 confirmed, 351 probable).

The overall amount of tests administered in Massachusetts is now 21,264,961 after 94,304 new molecular tests.

The 7 day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths increased by 0.9 to 9.0. At the beginning of February, the average death rate was 70+.

Estimated active cases saw a decrease by 900+ to 26,410. In the last 9 days, active cases have decreased by almost 6,600.

Hospitalizations have increased in 90 of the last 171 days, but saw a decrease of 4 to lower the total to 590. Hospitalizations have decreased in 7 of the last 9 days after a period of mainly increases. 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 29th.

Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report

According to the April 29th report, Fall River has a 25.8 Average Daily COVID-19 Rate per 100,000 population (Last 14 days) (32.4 last week). New Bedford saw a decrease to 35.0 (was 36.9). Westport saw a decrease to 22.6 (was 23.5), Swansea is at 26.4, a decrease, and was 34.0 last week. Somerset saw a decrease as they sit at 17.4 (was 25.8). Freetown stands at 19.7 a decrease from 22.1. Dartmouth is currently at 18.7, a decrease from last week’s 22.3. Acushnet increased to 30.1 (was 24.6). Berkley has the highest rate in Bristol County at 39.8 and was 48.2 last week.

26 Massachusetts communities are still in the red (high risk) which is down from 48 last week. 59 were in the red the week before. Acushnet, Berkley, Brockton, Chicopee, Dracut, Edgartown, Fall River, Hampden, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Lynn, Methuen, Nantucket, New Bedford, Palmer, Revere, Southbridge, Southwick, Springfield, Taunton, Tisbury, Wareham, Winchendon and Yarmouth.

Massachusetts Officials have issued a “vaccine doses administered and shipped” report updated on April 29th.


As of April 29th, according to the CDC, the United States has seen 32,031,068 cases of COVID-19 with 571,297 reported deaths.

(Graphics courtesy of CDC)

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