Massachusetts reports 655 new coronavirus cases


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Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after receiving a flu shot at a CVS in Roslindale on September 17, 2020 in Boston, MA.

By Charlie McKenna

Massachusetts reported 655 new coronavirus cases Sunday, down from the 795 new infections reported Saturday. The death toll rose by six. 

Sunday’s total marks the sixth day this week cases have been under 1,000—a trend last observed in early October. 

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 2.1, down from 2.6 percent this time last week. The rate that includes higher education sits at 1.2 percent.

The state reported 438 hospitalizations Sunday, down from the 525 reported this time last week. Saturday’s total marks the lowest hospitalizations have been in the state since Nov. 1, when 498 patients were hospitalized with the virus.

On Sunday, Massachusetts reported 71,663 new vaccinations, bringing the state’s total to 6,738,477. Over 41 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 has not posted any new data since the college entered its summer testing cycle on May 3. Monday’s dashboard update reported no positive COVID-19 tests out of the 338 tests administered on April 30. 

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 cases 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.