Hospitalizations, Positive Test Rates Stay Low In Massachusetts


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has reported another 1,410 confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 76,743.

With another 138 deaths attributed to the virus, Massachusetts' COVID-related death toll now stands at 4,840. Close to 3,000 of those deaths have been reported at long-term care facilities.

According to Gov. Baker, the state's hospitalization rates and positive test rates have been on the decline for the past two weeks, which could lead to a "limited reopening" of certain industries starting May 18.

That general downward-trend continued on Saturday in both sets of data. Out of more than 10,000 coronavirus tests conducted across the Commonwealth, 13 percent came back positive for the virus. The rate of COVID hospitalizations also remained low at four percent.

Last week, Gov. Baker said for the state to expand its reopening, other data points like the rate of fatalities and the rate of hospitals treating patients under so-called "surge conditions" would also have to decline.

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