Mass. Confirms 1,245 New COVID Cases, 12 New Deaths

Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests ticked up to 1.73% Friday

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,245 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12 new deaths Friday.

The report pushed the state's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 794,382 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,601.

Massachusetts' COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, dashboard, are far lower than they were in spring, and while all of the major ones have risen from their lowest points, some have dipped in recent weeks.

Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests ticked up to 1.73% Friday. It was once above 30%, but had dropped under 0.5% until the delta variant began surging in the state.

The number of patients in Massachusetts hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 cases rose slightly to 530; the figure was once nearly 4,000, but reached under an average of 85 at one point in July. Of those currently hospitalized, 192 are vaccinated, 140 are in intensive care units and 72 are intubated.

As part of the weekly "COVID Q&A" series, NBC10 Boston asked three top Boston doctors Tuesday about COVID vaccines for children, the new "delta plus" variant and common side effects of booster shots.

More than 10.1 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts.

That includes, from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, just under 5 million first shots, more than 4.4 million second shots and over 425,000 booster shots. There have been more than 319,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Friday reported that a total of 4,728,396 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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