Provincetown’s coronavirus cluster from the Fourth of July weekend is now approaching 800 cases, as Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported a daily spike of 657 cases.
That’s the first time the Bay State reported more than 600 cases since May 15.
The state also reported 12 COVID deaths on Tuesday, the highest single-day count since 14 deaths on May 19.
The Provincetown outbreak — which led to an indoor mask mandate — was at 551 confirmed cases as of Friday. Now, the total of confirmed infections tied to the Cape cluster has ballooned to 765 cases, Town Manager Alex Morse reported on Tuesday.
Of these cases, 469 are Massachusetts residents, 199 of which live in Provincetown. The rest live in other states. A total of three hospitalizations have been linked with this cluster. No deaths have been reported.
The test positivity rate has improved since the Provincetown cluster began, dropping from 15% to 7%.
Meanwhile, after state health officials on Tuesday reported 657 new cases, the seven-day average of daily infections is now 400. That is more than six times the pandemic-low average of 64 daily cases last month.
The record-low daily report of cases was 31 infections on June 27. Ever since, cases have been rising at a rapid pace amid the more highly contagious delta variant.
The seven-day average percent positivity is now 1.83%, which is almost six times higher than the pandemic-low average of 0.31% last month.
After the 12 new COVID deaths were reported on Tuesday, the state’s total recorded death toll is now 18,065. The seven-day average of virus deaths is now 3.3, which is up from the record-low average of 1.3 two weeks ago.
There are now 152 COVID patients in hospitals across the state. That is an increase of seven patients from Monday’s count of 145 patients. There are now 33 patients in intensive care units, and 17 patients are intubated.
The seven-day average of COVID patients is now 124, which is up from the pandemic-low of 85 patients two weeks ago.