Mass. Confirms 1,560 New COVID Cases, 14 New Deaths

Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests rose to 2.01% Wednesday

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,560 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 14 new deaths Thursday.

The report pushed the state's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 775,963 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,427.

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 2.03% Thursday. 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 increased by one to 557; the figure was once nearly 4,000, but averaged under 85 at one point in July. Of those currently hospitalized, 207 are fully vaccinated, 142 are in intensive care units and 83 are intubated.

Top Boston doctors talk about potential vaccine mandates for domestic flights, the need for vaccine passports in Massachusetts and overall best travel practices on NBC10 Boston's COVID Q&A.

Nearly 9.8 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts.

That includes, from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, under 4.9 million first shots, nearly 4.4 million second shots and more than 226,000 booster shots. There have been more than 315,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Thursday reported that a total of 4,677,864 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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