Mass. Confirms 79 New COVID Cases, 1 More Death

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Massachusetts health officials reported another 79 confirmed coronavirus cases and one new death on Friday.

The day's numbers pushed the state's confirmed COVID-19 caseload to 6643,997 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 17,634.

The state's COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, have been falling for months, and many are at or near record lows.

The number of patients in Massachusetts hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 cases fell below 100 to 98; the figure was once nearly 4,000. Of those currently hospitalized, 28 are listed as being in intensive care units and 10 are intubated.

Once above 30%, Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests ticked up to 0.38%.

More than 8.6 million vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts as of Friday. That includes over 4.4 million first shots and more than 3.9 million second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. There have been more than 277,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Friday reported that a total of 4,224,346 Bay State residents have been fully vaccinated.

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