Massachusetts Nears 500,000 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Almost one year after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth is closing in on half-a-million confirmed cases.

The first case of the novel 2019 coronavirus was confirmed in Boston on Feb. 1st, 2020.

On Saturday, Jan. 30th 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported another 3,957 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 495,599.

The state DPH also reported another 87 deaths among COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, upping the state's confirmed coronavirus death toll to 14,241

There have also been 290 deaths reported among probable cases of the virus in the state.

The estimated number of active cases of the virus in Massachusetts, signifying the number of patients with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 21 days, has dropped to 72,965.

There are currently 1,739 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across the Commonwealth, 393 of whom are receiving intensive care. 239 are intubated.

According to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center, the U.S. has confirmed more than 26 million cases of COVID-19, and more than 438,000 Americans have died of the virus to date.

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Written by Brit Smith

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