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Mass. Confirms 2,587 New COVID Cases, 3 More Deaths as Number Hospitalized Tops 300

Massachusetts' COVID metrics are far lower than they were several months ago, but some have been rising in recent weeks

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 2,587 confirmed coronavirus cases and three new deaths on Monday, while the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 rose above 300, according to a report covering the weekend.

The report pushed the state's confirmed COVID-19 caseload to 681,131 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 17,730. Reports after the weekend include

The state's COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, are far lower than they were several months ago, though some have been rising in recent weeks. While breakthrough cases are being reported, officials say most new cases, and especially serious infections, are in the unvaccinated.

Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests rose to 2.72% on Monday. 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 rose to 314 from 271; the figure was once nearly 4,000, but averaged under 85 in July. Of those currently hospitalized, 76 are listed as being in intensive care units and 33 are intubated.

Nearly 9 million vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts as of Monday. That includes nearly 4.6 million first shots and more than 4.1 million second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. There have been more than 292,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Monday reported that a total of 4,393,832 Bay State residents have been fully vaccinated.

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