Massachusetts Passes 444,000 Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported another 5,657 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 444,028.

The state DPH also reported another 74 deaths among COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, upping the state's confirmed coronavirus death toll to 13,305.

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 risen to 98,317. That means around 22 percent of all cases confirmed in Massachusetts to date were reported after Christmas day.

There are now 2,197 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across the Commonwealth, 433 of whom are receiving intensive care.

The state's seven-day average rate of positive coronavirus tests has dropped slightly from around 8.5 percent at the start of the month to 6.15 percent on Saturday.

According to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center, the U.S. has confirmed more than 22.6 million cases of COVID-19, and more than 394,000 Americans have died of the virus to date.

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Written by Brit Smith

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