Massachusetts health officials on Monday reported 1,166 new coronavirus cases and 25 new virus deaths, as hospitalizations keep rising across the state amid the second surge.
Monday’s count of 1,166 cases is a drop from Sunday’s report of 2,501 cases and Saturday’s report of 2,914 cases. The fewer cases on Monday comes as there were significantly fewer tests than previous days.
Last Saturday’s report of 2,991 cases was the highest daily case count since the spring, and the second-highest daily total since the virus arrived in the state. The highest was 3,079 cases on April 23, during the height of the spring surge.
The 25 more virus deaths plus one probable brings the total state COVID-19 death toll to 10,748, the state Department of Public Health said. The three-day average of coronavirus daily deaths has dropped from a peak of 161 in May to 27 now.
The state has logged 218,329 cases of the virus and 7,803 probable cases. Of the 226,132 total cases, at least 155,473 people have recovered.
Health officials estimate there are 43,856 active cases across the state.
The seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate, removing higher education institutions, is staying at a high level. That number at the start of September was between 1% and 2%, but the rate is now at 5.55%.
Including the testing at higher education institutions, the seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate ticked up from 3.8% on Sunday to 3.9% on Monday.
Statewide coronavirus hospitalizations on Monday jumped by 93 patients, bringing the COVID-19 hospitalization total to 1,174.
The 1,174 current patients is an increase from 436 patients at the start of November. The highest peak of Massachusetts’ coronavirus hospitalizations was 3,965 on April 21.
Of the state’s 10,748 total coronavirus deaths, 6,788 are connected to long-term care facilities.
More than 267,000 Americans have died. The country’s death toll is the highest in the world.
The U.S. has recorded 13.5 million coronavirus cases — also the most in the world. More than 5 million people have recovered.