There are estimated to be more than 87,000 active cases of coronavirus throughout the Commonwealth, public health officials said.
The DPH also reported another 74 deaths among COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts on Friday, upping the state's confirmed coronavirus death toll to 12,708.
The seven-day average rate of positive coronavirus tests has dropped slightly since the new year to 7.5 percent.
The weekly average number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the Commonwealth has been on the rise over the past month; from around 1,400 hospitalizations on Dec. 8th to more than 2,300 hospitalizations on Jan. 8th.
There are currently 440 COVID-19 patients receiving intensive care in the state, and 280 patients are intubated.
According to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center, the U.S. has confirmed more than 21.8 million cases of COVID-19, and almost 368,000 Americans have died of the virus to date.
Written by Brit Smith
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