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Massachusetts coronavirus positive test rate stays at record low

Massachusetts health officials on Monday reported 27 new coronavirus deaths and 571 new cases as the average positive test rate remained at the state’s record low level of 1.1% over the weekend.

The 27 new coronavirus deaths reported over the weekend bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 8,949, the state Department of Public Health announced. The three-day average of coronavirus daily deaths has dropped from 161 at the start of May to 15 now.

The state has logged 126,022 cases of the highly contagious disease, an increase of 571 confirmed cases and 91 probable cases over the weekend. Of the 125,360 total cases, at least 102,205 people have recovered.

But the state added don’t be alarmed by the higher count of cases.

“PLEASE NOTE: Due to the planned upgrade by DPH of its electronic laboratory reporting system during the weekend of August 22-23, today’s data report includes information reported to DPH over the weekend (from 5PM Friday 8/21 through 8AM Monday 8/24) and so numbers are higher than usual,” DPH said in a statement.

The seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate stayed at the record low of 1.1% on Monday.

Coronavirus hospitalizations dropped by seven patients, bringing the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization total to 308.

There are 62 patients in the ICU, and 26 patients are currently intubated.

The highest peak of Massachusetts’ coronavirus hospitalizations was 3,965 on April 21. The three-day average of the number of coronavirus hospitalizations has gone from 3,707 on May 1 to 313 now.

An additional 37,815 tests have brought the state’s total to more than 2.1 million tests.

The state reported 24,567 residents and health care workers at long-term care facilities have now contracted the virus, with 379 facilities reporting at least one case of COVID-19.

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