Boston Herald

Mass. reports 1,267 new virus cases

- By Rick Sobey Alexi Cohan contribute­d to this report.

Massachuse­tts health officials on Thursday reported 1,267 new coronaviru­s cases, as COVID-19 hospitaliz­ations dropped and the state reported that almost 300,000 people have gotten a vaccine booster dose.

Infections have been higher due to the more highly contagious delta variant, but daily case tallies have been lower in the past few weeks. The 1,267 new virus cases now bring the daily average of infections to 957. The daily average was 1,896 a month ago.

The daily average percent positivity has been down in recent weeks. The percent positivity is now 1.82%, compared to 2.98% several weeks ago.

The positive test average was 1.36% for Thursday’s report.

State health officials reported 20 new COVID deaths, bringing the state’s total recorded death toll to 18,896.

The daily average of deaths has been higher lately. The average is now 9, compared to the record-low death count of 1.3 in mid-July.

COVID hospitaliz­ations went down by 27 patients, bringing the total to 532 patients.

There are now 142 patients in intensive care units, and 79 patients are currently intubated.

Of the 532 total patients, 190 patients are fully vaccinated — or about 36%. Those who are unvaccinat­ed are at a much higher risk for a severe case.

Overall in the Bay State, more than 4.7 million people are fully vaccinated, and more than 5.2 million people have gotten at least one shot. The state reported that 295,444 people have received a booster dose.

A total of 2,154 staff and students in Massachuse­tts schools have tested positive for coronaviru­s in the past week, a drop from last week’s tally of 2,238 cases, the latest figures show.

The weekly report published on Thursdays by the Massachuse­tts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education lists 1,804 students and 350 staff tested positive for the coronaviru­s from Oct. 14 to Wednesday.

This week’s count represents a decrease of 84 cases from a tally of 2,238 cases the week prior, when 1,901 students and 337 staff tested positive.

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