Positive Test Rate Declines As Mass. Surpasses 550,000 COVID-19 Cases

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported another 1,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 550,302.

The state DPH also reported another 52 deaths among COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, upping the state's confirmed coronavirus death toll to 15,796. There have also been 322 deaths reported among probable cases of the virus in the state.

Over the past month, the state's weekly average rate of positive COVID-19 tests has decreased by half; from 3.46 percent on February 1st to 1.73 percent on Sunday Feb. 28th.

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 30,062.

There are currently 760 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across the Commonwealth, 183 of whom are receiving intensive care. 124 are intubated.

According to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center, the U.S. has confirmed nearly 28.6 million cases of COVID-19, and more than 513,000 Americans have died of the virus to date.

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Written by Brit Smith

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