Massachusetts health officials reported 5,797 new COVID-19 cases and 168 new deaths in the last week, with the new data released Thursday.
In total, there have been 2,000,273 cases and 21,826 deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Massachusetts' COVID data, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, shows a decrease in overall cases and hospitalizations. It's reported that as of Jan. 24 there were 266 people primarily hospitalized for COVID-19 and a total of 863 hospitalized patients who have the virus. Of the total hospitalizations, 86 were in intensive care and 28 were intubated.
Massachusetts COVID-19 wastewater data from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has seen levels trending down over the past month.
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The state's seven-day average positivity was listed at 9.35% Thursday, compared to 10.86% last week.
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The data we have for the highest case counts is from the omicron surge at the beginning of 2022, when average daily case counts reached over 28,000 and hospitalizations peaked at around 3,300.
Experts have said that case count reporting became a less accurate indicator during the omicron surge, given the difficulties in getting tested. Now, widespread use of rapid tests means that some results go unreported.
Millions of vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts.
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