Mass. Confirms 359 New COVID Cases, 6 More Deaths

Health officials' projection of active COVID-19 cases fell below 13,000

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 359 confirmed COVID cases and six more deaths Monday.

It's the 12th straight day Massachusetts health officials announced fewer than 1,000 new coronavirus cases. The new numbers pushed the state's confirmed case total to 657,478 and the death toll to 17,419 since the start of the pandemic.

Massachusetts' COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, have fallen far enough that Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced the end of business restrictions on May 29.

On Tuesday, Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests ticked up to 1.06%. It reached 1% on Sunday.

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The number of patients in Massachusetts hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 cases fell to 326. Of those currently hospitalized, 93 are listed as being in intensive care units and 54 are intubated.

Health officials' projection of active COVID-19 cases decreased again to 12,701 on Tuesday from 13,827 on Monday .

More than 7.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Massachusetts as of Tuesday, including nearly 4 million first doses and more than 3 million second doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. There have been more than 233,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials reported that 3,243,160 Bay State residents had been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday. Gov. Charlie Baker is aiming to reach 4.1 million fully vaccinated by the beginning of June, a goal he said remains within reach.

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