Mass. DPH Reports More Than 2,600 New COVID-19 Cases Friday

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported another 2,674 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 177,627.

The state DPH also reported another 23 deaths among confirmed cases of the virus, upping the total confirmed COVID-death toll in Massachusetts to 10,038. There have also been 227 deaths among probable cases in the state.

The state's seven-day average rate of positive COVID-19 tests rose to 3.12 percent Friday for the first time since mid-June. The DPH said there are 27,431 active cases of the virus estimated across the Commonwealth.

More than seven million molecular tests have been administered in Massachusetts so far, and more than 218,000 individuals have been tested by Antigen tests.

The availability of non-ICU beds in the state has been shrinking over the past month, with 74 percent of the total number of beds filled on Friday. Gov. Baker said due to the rise in both the daily number of cases and in the number of hospitalizations, the DCU Center in Worcester will be reopened as a field hospital in early December.

According to Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center, the U.S. has confirmed nearly 10.7 million cases of COVID-19, and more than 243,000 Americans have died of the virus to date.

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