Massachusetts reports 56 new coronavirus cases

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

By Frankie Rowley, Assistant News Editor

Massachusetts reported 56 new coronavirus cases Saturday, down from the 60 cases reported Friday. The death toll rose by 2.

Cases have fallen below the 100 mark every day since June 13—a mark the state had never previously hit over the course of the pandemic. Even at their lowest point last summer, cases still topped 100 each day. 

Massachusetts reports two COVID-19 positivity rates—one with higher education testing and one without. On Friday, the seven-day test positivity rate with higher education testing removed sat at 0.4 percent; this time last week, the rate was 0.5 percent. The rate that includes higher education sits at 0.3 percent. 

The state reported 99 hospitalizations Saturday, down from the 107 reported this time last week. 

On Saturday, Massachusetts reported 23,303 new vaccinations, bringing the state’s total to 8,546,811. More than 60 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. On Tuesday, Massachusetts reached its goal of fully vaccinating 4.1 million residents, set by Gov. Charlie Baker in December. 

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Emerson’s latest dashboard update reported no new positive COVID-19 tests out of the 61 tests administered.

The dashboard is not updated on weekends because Emerson’s testing site at Tufts Medical Center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.