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Mass. Confirms 3,335 New COVID Cases, 4 More Deaths Over Weekend

The number of patients in Massachusetts hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 cases rose above 500

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 3,335 confirmed coronavirus cases and four new deaths on Monday, in an update that includes information from over the weekend.

The report pushed the state's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 697,887 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 17,809.

Massachusetts' COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, are far lower than they were several months ago, though they 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 fell to 2.59% 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 above 500 to 530; the figure was once nearly 4,000, but averaged under 85 in July. Of those currently hospitalized, 155 are fully vaccinated, 139 are listed as being in intensive care units and 68 are intubated.

More than 9.1 million vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts. That includes nearly 4.7 million first shots and under 4.2 million second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. There have been more than 298,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Monday reported that a total of 4,456,559 Bay State residents have been fully vaccinated.

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