Massachusetts reports 1,265 new coronavirus cases

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor

Massachusetts reported 1,265 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a drastic fall from the 1,694 new infections report Saturday. The death toll rose by 7.

Sunday’s total marks the sixth day this week cases have dipped below 2,000. New cases regularly surpassed that marker in recent weeks, after not clearing 2,000 from Feb. 12 to Mar. 26. 

The state reports two COVID-19 positivity rates—one with higher education testing and one without. On Sunday, the seven-day test positivity rate with higher education testing removed sat at 3.4, down from the 3.9 percent reported this time last week. The rate that includes higher education sits at 2.0 percent. 

The state reported 701 hospitalizations Sunday, up from the 698 reported this time last week. Hospitalizations are on the decline after slowly rising over the past three weeks. 

On Sunday, Massachusetts reported 69,990 new vaccinations, bringing the state’s total to 5,079,602. More than 28 percent of the state’s population—more than 2 million residents—is now fully inoculated against COVID-19—meaning they have received both doses of the vaccines manufactured by Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

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Emerson’s most recent dashboard update reported one new positive COVID-19 test Friday, bringing the number of positive tests reported since the start of the spring semester to 164. 

The dashboard is not updated on weekends because Emerson’s testing site at Tufts Medical Center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.