Massachusetts reports average of 88 coronavirus cases in last seven days


Sam Doran/State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-large

Between June 28 and July 4, Massachusetts reported an average of 88 cases each day. In the same seven-day period, the death toll rose by 8. 

Massachusetts did not report data for July 3 or 4, due to the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Cases reached a seven-day high of 93 on June 30, and a low of 41 cases on June 28.

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 were still reaching over 100 each day. 

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 0.5 percent; this time last week, the rate was 0.4 percent. The rate that includes higher education sits at 0.4 percent. 

The state reported a seven-day average of 100.4 hospitalizations on Sunday, down from the 102.1 reported this time last week. Hospitalizations reached a seven-day high of 110 on June 29, before falling to the 98 reported on July 1.

Over the past week, Massachusetts reported 63,824 new vaccinations, bringing the state’s total to 8,647,045. More than 62 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. Massachusetts reached its goal of fully vaccinating 4.1 million residents on June 22. 

Emerson reported zero new positive COVID-19 tests in the past week, out of the 277 tests administered. Zero community members were reported to be in on-campus isolation or quarantine. 

Since summer testing began on May 3, Emerson has reported one positive test out of the 2,715 tests administered. 

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. 

The college’s dashboard is typically updated daily Monday through Friday.  When it was first launched in August, the college opted for weekly updates before eventually shifting to twice weekly and then daily updates. Tabs for hospitalizations and the number of “invalid” results received by community members have since been removed from the dashboard after testing began in August. Invalid results are typically a result of user error and require re-testing. 

Administrators said in August the decision to remove hospitalizations was part of an effort to increase transparency, as the college was concerned it could not accurately track the metric. Invalid results were deemed “not valuable” data by “COVID Lead” Erik Muurisepp. 

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