Mass. Confirms 1,274 New COVID Cases, 14 New Deaths; Reaches Vaccine Milestone

More than 10 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,274 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 14 new deaths Wednesday.

The report pushed the state's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 791,705 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,577.

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 1.67% Wednesday. 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 fell to 528; the figure was once nearly 4,000, but reached under an average of 85 at one point in July. Of those currently hospitalized, 199 are vaccinated, 134 are in intensive care units and 76 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 million vaccine doses -- 10,052,080, the first time the figure reached eight digits -- have now been administered in Massachusetts.

That includes, from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, over 4.9 million first shots, more than 4.4 million second shots and more than 384,000 booster shots. There have been more than 318,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Wednesday reported that a total of 4,723,295 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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