Mass. DPH Reports More Than 5,300 New COVID-19 Cases

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported another 5,356 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 242,812.

The DPH said more than 54,000 of the total cases in the state are estimated to be active. The Commonwealth's positive test rate has risen to 5.4 percent.

The state DPH also reported another 41 deaths among confirmed cases of the virus, more than double the average number of COVID-deaths being reported at the start of November.

The state's total confirmed COVID-death toll now stands at 10,715. There have also been 238 deaths among probable cases.

More than 1,400 people are currently hospitalized with the virus in the Commonwealth, 283 of those are receiving intensive, and 138 are intubated.

The DPH said 78 percent of all non-ICU beds in Massachusetts are currently occupied. While most regions have between one-third and half of its ICU beds available, in the northeast region of the state, 100 percent of the ICU beds are occupied.

According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 14.5 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S., and more than 280,000 Americans have died of the virus to date.

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