Massachusetts coronavirus deaths rise 14, new cases up 256

Massachusetts health officials on Tuesday reported 14 new coronavirus deaths and 256 new cases, as the average positive test rate remained below 2%.

The 14 new coronavirus deaths bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 8,551, 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 12 now.

The state has logged 116,182 cases of the highly contagious disease, an increase of 178 confirmed cases and 78 probable cases since Monday. Of the 116,182 total cases, at least 96,452 people have recovered.

Coronavirus hospitalizations went up by 14 patients, bringing the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization total to 364. Overall, the statewide hospitalization total has declined by 3,198 since May 5.

There are 54 patients in the ICU, and 27 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 359 now.

An additional 9,881 tests have brought the state’s total to more than 1.4 million tests. The seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate has declined from 16.6% on May 1 to 1.9%.

The state reported 24,099 residents and health care workers at long-term care facilities have now contracted the virus, with 373 facilities reporting at least one case of COVID-19.

Of the state’s 8,551 total coronavirus deaths, 5,447 are connected to long-term care facilities.

The U.S. has recorded more than 4.3 million coronavirus cases — the most cases in the world. More than 148,000 Americans have died, and more than 1.3 million have recovered.

There are more than 16.5 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 655,000 deaths. More than 9.6 million people have recovered.

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