409 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Massachusetts, 8 additional deaths – WCVB Boston

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409 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Massachusetts, 8 additional deaths

40 communities now at high risk of coronavirus

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 409 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 134,277.There were 14,035 new molecular tests conducted, with an approximately 2.9% daily positive rate. State health officials also confirmed 8 new COVID-19-related deaths across Massachusetts, bringing the state’s confirmed coronavirus death toll to 9,350.More than 4.54 million molecular tests for COVID-19 have now been administered in the state to more than 2.36 million individuals. As of Thursday, 484 patients with the coronavirus were hospitalized in Massachusetts, of which 85 were reported to be in an intensive care unit.Click here to see a graphical look at COVID-19 data.Latest town-by-town breakdown released by stateThe DPH released its weekly COVID-19 data report on Wednesday, identifying 40 Massachusetts communities that are currently at high risk of the coronavirus. Each of those communities has a rate of average daily cases that is greater than 8 per 100,000.Last week, state health officials listed 23 communities as being at high risk of COVID-19.This week’s high-risk list includes seven of the 10 most-populated cities in the state: Boston, Worcester Springfield, Lowell, Brockton, New Bedford and Lynn.The weekly data shows that 116,364 total patients have been released from isolation, meaning they are considered to have recovered from the coronavirus.PHNjcmlwdCBpZD0iaW5mb2dyYW1fMF85MTUyMTg3My03NmRhLTQ0ZmUtOTA0Ny1mMTllZWFlZGFjNmQiIHRpdGxlPSJDb3JvbmF2aXJ1cyBpbiBNYXNzYWNodXNldHRzIiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZS5pbmZvZ3JhbS5jb20vanMvZGlzdC9lbWJlZC5qcz9yeXoiIHR5cGU9InRleHQvamF2YXNjcmlwdCI+PC9zY3JpcHQ+New data is published daily around 4 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday’s daily and weekly reports, which are published around 6 p.m.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 409 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 134,277.

There were 14,035 new molecular tests conducted, with an approximately 2.9% daily positive rate.

State health officials also confirmed 8 new COVID-19-related deaths across Massachusetts, bringing the state’s confirmed coronavirus death toll to 9,350.

More than 4.54 million molecular tests for COVID-19 have now been administered in the state to more than 2.36 million individuals.

As of Thursday, 484 patients with the coronavirus were hospitalized in Massachusetts, of which 85 were reported to be in an intensive care unit.

The DPH released its weekly COVID-19 data report on Wednesday, identifying 40 Massachusetts communities that are currently at high risk of the coronavirus. Each of those communities has a rate of average daily cases that is greater than 8 per 100,000.

Last week, state health officials listed 23 communities as being at high risk of COVID-19.

This week’s high-risk list includes seven of the 10 most-populated cities in the state: Boston, Worcester Springfield, Lowell, Brockton, New Bedford and Lynn.

The weekly data shows that 116,364 total patients have been released from isolation, meaning they are considered to have recovered from the coronavirus.

New data is published daily around 4 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday’s daily and weekly reports, which are published around 6 p.m.