U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 120,000

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Health reported an additional 228 coronavirus cases and another 30 deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the state's total case count to 106,650.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are nearly 2.2 million coronavirus cases nationwide, and close to 120,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19 since mid-March.

7,800 of those deaths were reported in Massachusetts.

While the CDC says Massachusetts is the 5th highest state when it comes to COVID-19 deaths, the state DPH says several important health metrics are continuing to decline in the Commonwealth.

That includes the 7-day weighted average rate of positive tests, which has dropped 92 percent over the past month.

Both the 3-day average rate of COVID-19 deaths, and the number of hospitals using surge capacity conditions have decreased by around 85 percent in the past 30 days.

On Friday afternoon, Gov. Baker said that based on the recent downtrends for those coronavirus data points, the state could move in to Phase Two Step Two of the economic reopening plan on Monday, June 22nd.

Read more on the Phase Two Step Two here.

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