Massachusetts reports 4,162 new coronavirus cases

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

By Charlie McKenna, Content Managing Editor

Massachusetts reported 4,162 new coronavirus cases and 60 deaths Sunday, as new infections in the state continue to hit record highs.

Sunday is the 13th day in a row new infections topped 3,000 in the state. At the virus’s first peak in late April, daily cases in Massachusetts averaged just over 2,000. This week, daily cases averaged over 4,000.  

The seven day test positivity rate with higher education testing removed sits at 7.53 percent. The positivity rate that includes higher education testing sits at 5.78 percent. 

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are currently surging. On Saturday, the state reported 1,919 total hospitalizations, compared to 1,707 this time last week. 

Emerson does not update its COVID-19 dashboard on the weekends as no new tests are administered at Tufts Medical Center. Testing of community members has ticked down significantly in the past week, as in-person classes ended Wednesday and only a limited number of students living on campus over the break will continue to receive regular screening. 

Friday’s dashboard update revealed three new positives on just 55 tests—a test positivity rate of 5.45 percent. The three new positives bring Emerson’s cumulative positivity rate up to .12 percent, after it fell as low as .08 percent over the course of the semester. In the past month, Emerson has reported 28 new positives as compared to 32 between early August and late November.