Mass. Reports 1,969 New COVID Cases Wednesday

In total, there have been 1,582,214 cases and 19,050 deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic

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Massachusetts health officials reported 1,969 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and one new death.

In total, there have been 1,582,214 cases and 19,050 deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state reported 286 people hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Wednesday's data release, with 99 of them being primary cases. Of the total hospitalizations, 34 are in intensive care and 15 are intubated.

The state's seven-day average positivity rate rose to 3.48% Wednesday, compared to 3.42% on Tuesday.

Massachusetts' COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, have declined since the omicron surge, but case counts are starting to increase once again. That case increase has not, at least for now, corresponded with any dramatic increase in deaths.

There has been an uptick in COVID-19 levels found in wastewater tested by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority's tracking system. The levels remain nowhere near where they were during the peak of the omicron surge.

Top Boston doctors discuss rising COVID wastewater data and cases in Massachusetts and whether that could lead to the return of a mask mandate on NBC10 Boston’s weekly “COVID Q&A” series.

Experts have said that case count reporting may have become a less accurate indicator during the omicron surge, given the difficulties in getting tested and widespread use of rapid tests that go unreported.

There are concerns about the so-called "stealth" omicron variant BA.2. Increases in cases abroad are raising concerns that the U.S. could soon experience another COVID-19 wave. However, medical officials don't expect that the rise of BA.2 will result in a spike in cases similar to the omicron surge late last year into early 2022, though they warn that we should expect to see a "bump."

More than 14.2 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts. That includes more than 5.8 million first doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, nearly 5 million second shots, and nearly 343,000 Johnson & Johnson one-dose shots. Nearly 3 million booster shots have been administered.

Health officials on Wednesday reported that a total of 5,340,627 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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