Mass. Still Has 0 Towns in COVID Red Zone; 78 New COVID Cases, 4 More Deaths

Once above 30%, Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests held at 0.32%

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Massachusetts health officials reported 78 new coronavirus cases and four new death on Thursday, as the number of towns in the high-risk red zone and moderate-risk yellow zone for COVID remained at zero.

The day's numbers pushed the state's confirmed COVID-19 caseload to 663,478 since the start of the pandemic and its death toll to 17,622.

The state's COVID data, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, has fallen far enough that its state of emergency declaration expired last week.

The number of patients in Massachusetts hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 cases ticked up to 96; the figure was nearly 4,000. Of those currently hospitalized, 29 are listed as being in intensive care units and 15 are intubated.

Once above 30%, Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests held at 0.32%.

Health officials' projection of active COVID-19 cases fell to 1,636 from 1,721 on Wednesday.

More than 8.5 million vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts as of Tuesday. That includes nearly 4.4 million first shots and short of 3.9 million second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. There have been more than 272,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.

Health officials on Wednesday reported that a total of 4,125,320 Bay State residents have been fully vaccinated. Massachusetts on Tuesday reached its long-sought goal of fully vaccinating 4.1 million people, though the achievement came a few weeks later than Gov. Charlie Baker had sought.

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