Mass. Confirms 1,583 New COVID Cases, 16 New Deaths

Nearly 9.7 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Coronavirus
NBC10 Boston

Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,583 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 16 new deaths Friday.

The report pushed the state's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 768,466 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,358.

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 1.80% 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 fell slightly to 562; the figure was once nearly 4,000, but averaged under 85 at one point in July. Of those currently hospitalized, 179 are fully vaccinated, 147 are in intensive care units and 93 are intubated.

Dr. Shira Doron of Tufts Medical Center and Dr. Davidson Hamer of Boston University answered common questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, including what the booster shot

Nearly 9.7 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts.

That includes, from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, under 4.9 million first shots, over 4.3 million second shots and more than 173,000 booster shots. There have been more than 313,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Friday reported that a total of 4,656,806 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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