Young People Report Largest Portion Of New COVID-19 Cases In Massachusetts

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported another 3,378 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 513,526.

The state DPH also reported another 59 deaths among COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, upping the state's confirmed coronavirus death toll to 14,622. There have also been 299 deaths reported among probable cases of the virus in the Commonwealth.

During the last two weeks, people aged 0-19 have had the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 of any age group in Massachusetts, with more than 9,800 cases confirmed.

People aged 20-29 accounted for around 8,500 new cases in the last two weeks, and people aged 30-39 reported around 7,000 new cases. Residents in their 40's reported around 6,300 new cases in the last two weeks, and people in their 50's accounted for around 6,800 of that period's new cases.

In comparison, around 4,300 new cases of the virus were confirmed in people aged over 70 in Massachusetts in the last two weeks. Over the same time period, the average age of people who died of COVID-19 was 80.

The state's rate of positive COVID-19 tests has declined from around 8.7 percent at the start of January to around 3.1 percent on Saturday, February 6th. To date, more than 14.2 million molecular COVID-19 tests have been administered in the Commonwealth.

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 58,768.

There are currently 1,451 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across the Commonwealth, 310 of whom are receiving intensive care. 189 are intubated.

According to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center, the U.S. has confirmed more than 26.8 million cases of COVID-19, and more than 461,000 Americans have died of the virus to date.

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Written by Brit Smith

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