Mass. Confirms 1,598 New COVID Cases, 18 New Deaths

State health officials reported a smaller total of Massachusetts residents who have been fully vaccinated than Thursday because of "data cleaning" that removed duplicate reports in the system

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 1,598 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18 new deaths Friday.

The report pushed the state's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 803,165 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 18,689.

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 1.92% 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 to 502; the figure was once nearly 4,000, but reached under an average of 85 at one point in July. Of those currently hospitalized, 168 are vaccinated, 145 are in intensive care units and 82 are intubated.

NBC10 Boston asked three top Boston doctors Tuesday about ivermectin, COVID vaccination guidelines for the immunocompromised and the latest on vaccines for children during the weekly “COVID Q&A” series.

More than 10.3 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts.

That includes, from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, over 5 million first shots, more than 4.4 million second shots and over 561,000 booster shots. There have been more than 321,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Friday reported that a total of 4,749,146 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated -- a lower number than Thursday, which officials said was due to "data cleaning" that removed duplicate reports in the system.

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