More Than 5,400 New Cases Of COVID-19 Confirmed In Massachusetts

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed another 5,450 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Commonwealth to 292,316.

The DPH also reported another 71 deaths among confirmed cases of the virus, nearly double the state's seven-day average COVID-death rate. The state's total confirmed COVID-death toll is currently 11,261. There have also been 252 deaths among probable cases.

More than 74,200 cases of the virus are estimated to be active in Massachusetts, according to the DPH. The state's seven-day average rate of positive coronavirus tests has risen to more than six percent.

The DPH said 85 percent of the state's non-ICU hospital beds are currently occupied, and 73 percent of the Commonwealth's ICU beds are full.

According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 16.9 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S., and more than 306,000 Americans have died of the virus to date.

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Written by Brit Smith

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