Massachusetts reports 2,076 new coronavirus cases


State House News Service

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

By Charlie McKenna

Massachusetts reported 2,076 new coronavirus cases and 33 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to increase dramatically.

Sunday’s case total is a steep drop from 2,841 reported Saturday, but still up significantly from previous weeks.  Single-day cases topped 2,000 five times this week. At the virus’ peak in late April, daily cases in Massachusetts averaged just over 2,000.

The state recently changed the way it reports COVID-19 positivity rates, separating higher education testing into its own category. The state’s overall seven-day test positivity rate sits at 3.06 percent, while the positivity rate that excludes higher education testing sits at 5.16 percent. 

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are currently surging. On Sunday, the state reported 737 total hospitalizations, compared to 324 last month.

Emerson does not update its COVID-19 dashboard on the weekends as no new tests are administered at Tufts Medical Center. Friday’s dashboard update reported one new positive out of 757 new tests administered on Nov. 11 and 12.