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Massachusetts seeing decrease in tests, but not positive test rate, 7 new deaths reported



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

Massachusetts saw 1,401 more positive cases announced today. An increase from Monday’s report. The 7 day weighted average positive test rate increased to 2.42% from 2.30%. On March 8th, the rate was 1.78%.

Massachusetts had seen 1,376 more positive cases announced yesterday.

The Massachusetts Department of Health statistics show a rise in total confirmed cases to 622,662 with 7 more reported dead (7 confirmed, 0 probable) for a total of 17,413 (17,068 confirmed, 345 probable).

The overall amount of tests administered in Massachusetts is now 19,931,128 after 57,829 new molecular tests. 100,000+ tests in a day had become commonplace, but not the last few days.

The 7 day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths decreased to 8.3. At the beginning of February, the average death rate was 70+.

Estimated active cases saw a 900+ decrease to 35,857.

Hospitalizations have increased in 85 of the last 157 days, and saw an increase of 15, to raise the total to 714. Wednesday’s total of 755 was the highest since March 3rd. Before the previous 3+ weeks, 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 8th.

Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report

According to the April 8th report, Fall River has a 37.2 Average Daily COVID-19 Rate per 100,000 population (Last 14 days) (36.1 last week). New Bedford saw an increase to 36.2 (was 31.4). Westport saw an increase to 28.6 (was 23.9), Swansea is at 29.1 and was 21.9 last week. Somerset also saw an increase as they sit at 27.00 (was 20.1). Freetown stands at 36.3 an increase from 30.0. Dartmouth is currently at 23.3, a jump from last week’s 20.2. Acushnet saw 24.6 (was 21.9).

77 Massachusetts communities are still in the red (high risk) which is up from 55 last week. 32 were in the red the week before and 20 the week before that. Abington, Adams, Athol, Ayer, Barnstable, Billerica, Blackstone, Brewster, Brockton, Carver, Chatham, Chelmsford, Chicopee, Dennis, Dighton, Dracut, East Longmeadow, Edgartown, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Freetown, Granby, Halifax, Hamilton, Hampden, Hanson, Holyoke, Hopedale, Hull, Lakeville, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Mansfield, Mashpee, Methuen, Middleborough, Milford, Monson, Nantucket, New Bedford, Oak Bluffs, Orange, Palmer, Paxton, Peabody, Plainville, Plymouth, Raynham, Rehoboth, Revere, Sandwich, Saugus, Seekonk, Somerset, Southampton, Southboro, Springfield, Sutton, Swansea, Taunton, Tisbury, Tyngsboro, Ware, Wareham, Wenham, West Boyleston, West Bridgewater, West Springfield, Westport, Whitman, Williamstown, Winchendon, and Yarmouth.

Massachusetts residents subject to COVID-19 quarantine by current status up to April 1st
• Total of individuals subject to quarantine: 282,315
• Total of individuals who have completed monitoring (no longer in quarantine): 271,176
• Total of individuals currently undergoing monitoring/under quarantine: 11,139

Massachusetts Officials have issued a “vaccine doses administered and shipped” report updated on April 8th.


As of April 13th, according to the CDC, the United States has seen 31,076,891 cases of COVID-19 with 559,741 reported deaths

(Graphics courtesy of CDC)

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