Massachusetts reports 1,115 new coronavirus cases


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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

By Charlie McKenna

Massachusetts reported 1,115 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 1,179 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 7.

Saturday’s total marks the fourth time cases have topped 900 this week, after two days of reporting totals just above 800. The last time cases were that low was in mid-October, when the state was on the precipice of a wintertime surge. 

The state reports two COVID-19 positivity rates—one with higher education testing and one without. On Friday, the seven-day test positivity rate with higher education testing removed sat at 2.2 percent, down from the 3.4 percent reported this time last week. The rate that includes higher education sits at 1.6 percent.

The state reported 541 hospitalizations Saturday, down from the 641 reported this time last week. Hospitalizations are steadily declining after they rose briefly in March. 

Massachusetts has yet to release vaccination data for Saturday. 

Emerson’s most recent dashboard update revealed no new positives out of 659 tests administered.