Massachusetts reports 550 new coronavirus cases, 21 more deaths on Saturday

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Massachusetts health officials on Saturday announced that there are 550 new cases of coronavirus in the state and 21 more deaths related to the virus.Saturday’s new cases are based on 12,395 molecular tests. The seven-day, weighted average of positive tests is 1.3%, according to data from the state Department of Public Health. In August and September, that rate was at a low of 0.8%.Currently, 500 people are hospitalized with coronavirus, with 88 in the intensive care unit.So far during the pandemic, Massachusetts has seen at least 139,903 cases of the virus and 9,503 related deaths. Of those who have died, 98.2% had underlying health conditions, according to the department.A total of 5,088,797 molecular tests have been administered to 2,499,045 people in Massachusetts.On Friday, DPH announced the state was adjusting its metric to determine which states are considered low-risk for travel amid the pandemic and loosened restrictions on California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Washington state.As of this week, 63 communities in Massachusetts have been labeled at high risk for spread of the virus. Schools with students learning in-person or in a hybrid model this week reported 160 cases of the virus among student and school staff members from Oct. 8 to Oct. 14.Boston Public Schools, among the high-risk communities, …

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