Mass. DPH Reports 109 New COVID-19 Cases Saturday

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 109 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, upping the state's total number of confirmed cases to 1115,850.

With another 20 deaths attributed to the virus, there have been 8,690 confirmed COVID-related deaths in the Commonwealth.

The DPH said due to the planned upgrade of its electronic laboratory reporting system over the weekend, Saturday's data report includes information reported to DPH from 8:30 AM Friday to 5 PM Friday (less than 24 hours) "and so numbers may appear lower than usual."

The seven-day weighted average rate of positive tests in the state has dropped to its lowest rate of 1.1 percent. The three-day average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has also declined to its lowest so far at 336.

According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center, more than 5.6 million cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and more than 176,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 in around five months.

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