Massachusetts reports 1,548 new coronavirus cases


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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor

Massachusetts reported 1,548 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a decline from the 1,577 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 34. 

Cases in the state have steadily declined over the past two months, reaching lows last seen in late October, following a spike after the winter holidays. Monday’s report of 892 cases marked the lowest single day case total since Oct. 20

The state reports two COVID-19 positivity rates—one with higher education testing and one without. On Saturday, the seven-day test positivity rate with higher education removed sat at 3.0 percent. That number has not fluctuated by more than half a percent in the last month. The rate that includes higher education sits at 1.7 percent. 

The state reported 643 total hospitalizations Saturday, down from the 716 reported this time last week. Hospitalizations have declined substantially over the course of the past month after they spiked amid the state’s wintertime surge.

Massachusetts reported 50,612 vaccinations administered on Friday, bringing the state’s total to 2,467,392. About 13 percent of the state’s population is fully inoculated against COVID-19—meaning they have received both doses of the vaccines manufactured by Moderna or Pfizer, or one dose of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine.    

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