Mass. Breaks 20,000 COVID Cases In Single Day — Smashing Another Record

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The state surpassed 20,000 new COVID cases reported in a single day on Thursday, smashing yet another ominous record. Yesterday, the state reported 15,163 new cases, which was itself a new record, only to be shattered by the 21,137 new cases in Thursday evening's report.

Altogether, the state has broken its all-time single day total five times in the last eight days. As the state does not report single-day numbers from the weekend, that means five of the last six eligible days have broken a COVID case record.

The 7-day average positivity rate had reached 16.44%, a percentage not seen since May 2020. That rate was reported on just over 119,000 new tests.

A small silver lining was hospitalizations, which at around 1,800 have remained under the 2,400-range of the peak of last winter's surge, despite much higher case numbers. 382 people were in the ICU, and 36 new deaths were reported.

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