Massachusetts reports 1,820 new coronavirus cases


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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

By Charlie McKenna

Massachusetts reported 1,820 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 1,949 new infections reported on Saturday. The death toll rose by 60. 

Monday’s total of 1,276 new cases was the lowest number reported by the state since Nov. 30

Infections have declined steadily across the state in the past month, after Christmas holiday travel and gatherings likely drove up case numbers, resulting in record highs approximately two weeks after the holiday. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced 19 new cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant first discovered in the United Kingdom had been found in Massachusetts, bringing the state’s total to 29. The U.K. variant is believed to be 50 percent more transmissible than strains of the virus currently spreading.

The state reports two COVID-19 positivity rates—one with higher education testing and one without. The seven-day test positivity rate with higher education removed sits at 3.5 percent Saturday, down from the 4.8 percent reported this time last week. The rate that includes higher education sits at 2.2 percent, the lowest since Nov. 4. 

The state reported 1,125 total hospitalizations on Saturday, down from the 1,389 reported this time last week. Hospitalizations in the state have declined steadily since early January, after they rose by nearly 300 week over week for much of November and December. 

Emerson’s last dashboard update revealed no new positive COVID-19 test results Friday out of 494 new tests administered on Feb. 10 and 11.