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Massachusetts reports 717 coronavirus cases over the weekend, daily average back over 200

Massachusetts reports 717 coronavirus cases over the weekend, daily average back over 200

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Health officials on Monday reported 717 new coronavirus cases from over the weekend, as virus infections continue to rise in the state amid the more contagious COVID-19 variant.

Case counts have been jumping in the last two weeks following the Fourth of July weekend with the delta variant circulating the Bay State.

Four more virus deaths were reported over the weekend, as deaths remain near record-low levels amid the vaccine rollout. The seven-day average of deaths is now 1.4, slightly up from the pandemic low of 1.0 deaths last week.

The 717 cases reported over the weekend increased the seven-day average of daily COVID-19 infections to 201. That is more than triple the pandemic-low average of 64 daily cases in late June before the recent uptick in cases.

The average percent positivity on tests has jumped as well, from the record low of 0.31% last month to the current average of 1.02%. The state’s percent positivity had been staying below 1% since May 21.

There are now 106 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Massachusetts, down one patient from Friday’s total of 107 patients. The record low was 80 patients in the hospital on July 4. There are now 31 patients in intensive care units, and 15 patients are intubated.

The daily average of 106 patients is up from the pandemic low of 85 patients two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, almost 8.8 million total vaccine doses have been administered in the state, and more than 4.3 million people are now fully vaccinated, according to Monday’s vaccine report. Last month, the state hit its goal of 4.1 million fully vaccinated people.

Overall, the doses administered break down to nearly 4.5 million people who have received one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine; more than 4 million people who have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna; and 283,669 people who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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