Health officials in Massachusetts announced another 29 coronovirus deaths on Wednesday, bringing the statewide death toll to 8,360.
Officials also confirmed another 356 cases of the virus, with a total number of 109,096. According to the Department of Public Health, 15,556 new molecular tests have been performed on Wednesday.
The number of new cases is a jump from yesterday, but health officials noted that due to a technical reporting error by a hospital group, delays in laboratory tests of that provider were being reported to DPH.
“These newly reported test results are included in today’s dashboard report and are reflected in today’s case totals,” officials said. “However, these positive test results are retrospectively assigned to the appropriate date of testing.”
390 people are currently hospitalized with the virus.
According to the New York Times, some of the toughest states such as Florida, California, Texas and Arizona come as the latest data cases and have even begun to decline. But some locations, most notably Arizona, Texas and South Carolina, have seen the highest increase in newly reported deaths.
According to the Times report, the average of seven days as of Tuesday in the United States is 65,218. There are currently over 4.3 million cases of the virus in the US and approximately 150,340 deaths.
Infection rates in Massachusetts have increased slightly in recent weeks, which officials believe is the result of several “small groups” of cases involving recent ceremonies, Charlie Baker said on Monday. Baker said the rate of positive tests increased from about 1.7% to about 2%.
Baystate Health on Monday reported an outbreak of new infections affecting 23 employees and 13 patients at Baystate Medical Center. The president and CEO of Bystate Health, Drs. Mark Kerack said the outbreak could be traced to a single employee, who returned to work after visiting a state identified as a new virus hotspot.
The city of Cape Cod in Chatham also had an outbreak of at least 10 people who attended a house party on 12 July and tested positive for coronovirus. Cape officials announced on Sunday that they would offer a pop-test to anyone joining the party, or close contact with someone who was there.
On Tuesday, Hollycade Soldiers Home, one of the deadliest coronavirus outbreaks since the epidemic, said it would suspend the tour after a resident of the facility, who recovered from COVID-19, then Tested positive for virus from.
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Here are the cases listed by county:
Barnstable County: 1,731
Berkshire County: 648
Bristol County: 8,987
Ducas County: 65
Essex County: 17,119
Franklin County: 397
Hampden County: 7,353
Hampshire County: 1,102
Middlesex County: 25,535
Nantucket County: 33
Norfolk County: 10,103
Plymouth County: 9,043
Suffolk County: 21,030
Worcester County: 13,204
Unknown location: 334