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Massachusetts sees another drop in virus cases, testing, with 337 new cases, 20 new deaths reported



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

Massachusetts saw 337 more positive cases announced today, the lowest since September and a decrease from Thursday’s report. The 7 day weighted average positive test rate decreased from 1.15% to 1.14%, the lowest since October 8th.

Massachusetts had seen 616 more positive cases announced yesterday.

Courtesy of MDPH

The Massachusetts Department of Health statistics show a rise in total confirmed cases to 655,687 with 20 reported dead (18 confirmed, 2 probable) for a total of 17,742 (17,384 confirmed, 358 probable).

The overall amount of tests administered in Massachusetts is now 22,230,304 after 39,481 new molecular tests.

The 7 day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths remains at 6.0. Wednesday’s 5.4 rate was the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic. At the beginning of February, the average death rate was 70+.

Estimated active cases saw a decrease by 900+ to 14,884. In the last 23 days, active cases have decreased by almost 19,300.

Hospitalizations have increased in 91 of the last 186 days, but saw a decrease of 9 to lower the total to 376. Hospitalizations have decreased in 21 of the last 24 days after a period of mainly increases. There were 2,428 in the Bay State on January 4th. Thursday’s total of 376 active hospitalizations was the lowest since October 24th.

Nursing home cases and cluster information issued on May 13th.

Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report

According to the May 13th report, Fall River has a 19.7 Average Daily COVID-19 Rate per 100,000 population (Last 14 days) (21.4 last week). New Bedford, who has the highest rate in Bristol County, saw a decrease to 29.1 (was 32.0). Westport saw a decrease to 11.1 (was 19.2), Swansea is at 14.8, a decrease, and was 17.0 last week. Somerset saw an increase as they sit at 14.3 (was 13.9). Freetown stands at 9.5, a decrease from 16.6. Dartmouth is currently at 13.3, a decrease from last week’s 19.4. Acushnet increased to 24.6 (was 23.9). Berkley is at 10.5 and was 22.0 last week.

6 Massachusetts communities are still in the red (high risk) which is down from 13 last week. 26 were in the red the week before. Acushnet, Edgartown, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, and Taunton.

Massachusetts Officials have issued a “vaccine doses administered and shipped” report updated on May 13th.

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