Mass. reports 295 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 20 new deaths – The Boston Globe

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The death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose by 20 to 9,036, the state Department of Public Health reported Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases climbed by 295, bringing the total to 123,720.State officials also reported that 16,632 more people had been tested for coronavirus, bringing the total to more than 1.9 million. The number of administered tests climbed to more than 3.13 million. The state also reported that new antibody tests had been completed for 355 people, bringing that total to 117,107.The seven-day rate of positive tests dropped to 0.8 percent, which is the lowest observed figure for that metric.AdvertisementMeanwhile, the three-day average of hospitalized coronavirus patients grew from 308 to 321 in Wednesday’s daily report. The lowest that metric has been is 302.The number of hospitals using surge capacity ticked upward from one to two, and the three-day average of deaths from confirmed cases dropped from 13 to 10; the lowest that number has been is nine.Weekly figures also showed that Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Monson, New Bedford, Revere, and Winthrop remained high-risk communities for the virus, with more than 8 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days.Nantucket, Plainville, Saugus, Tyngsborough, Worcester, and Wrentham were added to the list of high-risk communities. …

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