Mass. Confirms 1,343 New COVID Cases, 15 New Deaths

Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests ticked down to 1.78% Friday

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,343 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths Friday.

The report pushed the state's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 786,143 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,520.

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 down to 1.78% 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 slid to 519; the figure was once nearly 4,000, but reached under an average of 85 at one point in July. Of those currently hospitalized, 180 are vaccinated, 144 are in intensive care units and 82 are intubated.

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More than 9.9 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts.

That includes, from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, over 4.9 million first shots, nearly 4.4 million second shots and more than 306,000 booster shots. There have been more than 317,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Friday reported that a total of 4,708,304 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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