Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 6,000 In Massachusetts

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — According to the Department of Public Health, in just over two months more than 6,000 deaths in Massachusetts have been attributed to the coronavirus. Around two-thirds of those deaths were reported at long-term care facilities.

With an additional 1,045 coronavirus cases reported on Wednesday, there are now close to 89,000 confirmed cases in the state.

As the DPH reports, there are six key public health indicators that must continue to show progress for the state to continue on track with its reopening plan.

Currently, two of those metrics are seeing positive progress. There is a positive trend in both the rate of positive tests, and the state's testing capacity.

However, there are four other metrics that are still considered "in progress," including positive trends in the death rate, hospitalization rate, health system readiness, and contact tracing capabilities.

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