For the tenth day in a row, Massachusetts health officials announced fewer than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus, as the state Department of Public Health confirmed 494 more cases of COVID on Sunday.
Five new deaths were also reported. The new figures bring the number of cases confirmed by the state to 656,838 and the number of deaths to 17,394 since the start of the pandemic.
Many of Massachusetts ’COVID metrics, including the average number of coronavirus cases, the average coronavirus test positivity, and the average number of confirmed deaths reported each day, have been declining since late March, according to trends published in interactive coronavirus from the Department of Public Health. panel.
The average of seven days of positive tests on Sunday fell to 1%.
The number of patients in Massachusetts hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 decreased to 337. Of those currently hospitalized, 94 are in intensive care units and 55 are intubated.
The projection of active cases of COVID-19 from health officials also declined again to 14,146 on Sunday, from 14,396 on Saturday.
More than 7.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Massachusetts, including more than 3.9 million first doses and more than 2.9 million second doses of the Modern and Pfizer vaccines. There have been more than 231,000 doses of the unique Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered.
According to the DPH, 3,202,166 residents of the bay state had been fully vaccinated as of Sunday. Gov. Charlie Baker aims to reach 4.1 million fully vaccinated in early June, which will include 12- to 15-year-olds after the CDC gave the green light to get the Pfizer vaccine.
On Saturday, 750 high school students got their hands on a Needham vaccine clinic, less than a week after the CDC ruling.
The clinic was complete with a selfie station, free lollipops and familiar faces. The district plans to hold a second clinic at Needham High School next Saturday.
Meanwhile, Baker is expected to update plans to reopen the state earlier this week. Despite the latest federal guidelines, not everyone gives up wearing a face mask. And state and local officials are considering whether to follow suit.