Mass. Positive Coronavirus Test Rate Dips

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has reported another 336 cases of coronavirus and an additional 38 deaths attributed to the virus.

That brings the state's total number of cases to 105,395 and the COVID-related death toll to 7,576. Around 63 percent of those deaths have been reported at long-term care facilities.

More than 11,000 people were tested for the virus in the past day in Massachusetts, including those given antibody tests.

The DPH says the 7-day weighted average rate of positive molecular tests has dropped by 87 percent in the past 30 days.

Both the number of hospitals using surge capacity, and the 3-day average rate of COVID-19 deaths, have also decreased by around 80 percent in the past month.

Despite the positive progress in many COVID health metrics, when it comes to the number of coronavirus deaths, Johns Hopkins University says Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk Counties are all on the list of the 20 counties hit hardest in the nation.

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