Massachusetts reports 2,107 new coronavirus cases


Photo: State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

By Charlie McKenna

Massachusetts reported 2,107 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a slight decline from the 2,184 new infections reported Friday. The death toll rose by 3.

Saturday’s total marks the fourth day this week cases have topped 2,000. 

Daily new cases have regularly surpassed 2,000 in recent weeks, after falling below that benchmark each day between Feb. 12 and March 26. 

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 4.0 equivalent to the rate reported last week. The rate that includes higher education sits at 2.3 percent. 

Massachusetts reported 685 total hospitalizations Saturday, down from the 715 reported this time last week. Hospitalizations have slowly begun rising over the past three weeks after declining substantially over the course of February and March following a spike amid the state’s wintertime surge. Last Thursday marked the first time hospitalizations reached 700 since March 4. 

On Saturday, Massachusetts reported 105,458 new vaccinations—the second time the state has administered over 100,000 vaccines in a day—bringing the state’s total to 4,442,543. More than 24 percent of the state’s population 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.   

Emerson reported three new positive COVID-19 tests Friday bringing the college’s total across four days of testing to 20 and total over the last nine days of testing to 46—just under a third of the semester’s total of 151.