Massachusetts reports 472 new coronavirus cases, zero COVID-19 deaths


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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor

Massachusetts reported 472 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, up slightly from the 446 new infections reported Monday. The death toll rose by zero. 

Tuesday’s report marks the first time zero COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the state since June 30, 2020. Yesterday, the state reported 14 COVID-19 deaths, the highest death count since May 1. 

The state reports two COVID-19 positivity rates—one with higher education testing and one without. On Tuesday, the seven-day test positivity rate with higher education testing removed sat at 2.2, down from 2.7 percent this time last week. The rate that includes higher education sits at 1.3 percent.

The state reported 441 hospitalizations Tuesday, down from the 516 reported this time last week. Yesterday, the state reported 426 hospitalizations—the lowest hospitalizations since Oct. 30, when 434 people were hospitalized with the virus.

On Tuesday, Massachusetts reported 56,959 new vaccinations, bringing the state’s total to 6,849,573. About 43 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’s dashboard was updated yesterday for the first time since the college entered its summer term. Monday’s dashboard update reported zero positive tests out of the 459 tests administered between May 3 and May 9. Zero community members were reported to be in con-campus isolation and quarantine, respectively.  

The spring semester testing cycle concluded with 169 positive COVID-19 tests reported and a positivity rate of 0.21 percent, compared to the 60 positives and 0.12 percent positivity rate reported in the fall. Over the fall and spring semesters, 229 positive tests were reported, adding up to a 0.17 percent positivity rate.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the last time the state reported no COVID deaths.