Massachusetts reports 9,091 new cases of COVID-19 this week – NBC Boston

Massachusetts health officials reported 9,091 new cases of COVID-19 and 45 new deaths last week, with new data released Thursday.

In total, there have been 1,869,603 cases and 20,251 deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state reported 194 people primarily hospitalized with COVID-19 and a total of 590 hospitalized patients with the virus. Of the total hospitalizations, 50 were in intensive care and 11 were intubated.

Massachusetts’ COVID cases, tracked on the Public Health Department’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, are up from the previous week. As Thursday marks the official start of autumn, doctors are warning that they expect to see the number of cases rise again. They always encourage people to get vaccinated to protect against the virus.

Suffolk, Middlesex, Worcester, Franklin, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable and Dukes counties are listed at medium risk for transmission of the virus, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rest of the state remains at low risk.

The state’s seven-day average positivity was listed at 7.48% on Thursday, down from 7.32% last week.

This springtime bump was well below the types of case counts and hospitalizations seen at the height of the omicron surge in January, when the average daily case count reached more than 28,000 and hospitalizations peaked at around 3,300.

COVID levels in sewage, as reported by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s tracking system, show relatively stable numbers in the Boston area.

Experts said reports on the number of cases had become a less accurate indicator during the omicron surge, given difficulties in getting tested. Today, the widespread use of rapid tests means that some results go unreported.

More than 15 million doses of vaccine have now been administered in Massachusetts.

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