Massachusetts reports 33 new coronavirus cases — lowest mark to date

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

By Frankie Rowley, Deputy Express Editor

Massachusetts reported 33 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a significant decline from the 113 cases reported Saturday. No deaths were reported Sunday.

Sunday’s report marks the lowest case numbers have dropped since the state began testing for the virus. Sunday’s report also marks the seventh straight day cases have been under 200. Cases statewide have plummeted in recent weeks, regularly falling below 500 per day and reaching levels not seen since last summer. 

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 0.6 percent—the lowest mark the state has reported since it began tracking the metric. This time last week, it sat at 0.8 percent. The rate that includes higher education sits at 0.4 percent. 

The state reported 133 hospitalizations Sunday, down from the 181 reported this time last week. 

On Sunday, Massachusetts reported 15,438 new vaccinations, bringing the state’s total to 8,271,500. More than 57 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. 

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