Health officials in Massachusetts announced Saturday 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. According to data from the state’s Public Health Department, the seven-day load of positive tests averages 1.3%. In August and September, the rate was at a low of 0.8%.
Currently, 500 people are hospitalized with coronaviruses, with 88 in the intensive care unit.
During the epidemic so far, Massachusetts has seen at least 139,903 cases of the virus and 9,503 related deaths. Of those who died, 98.2% had an underlying health condition, according to the department.
A total of 5,088,797 molecular tests have been given to 2,499,045 people in Massachusetts.
On Friday, DPH announced that the state was adjusting its metrics to determine which states are considered less risky for travel amid epidemics and looser restrictions on California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Washington state .
As of this week, 63 communities in Massachusetts have been labeled high risk for the spread of the virus. In this week, students learning in-person or hybrid models reported 160 cases of the virus between October 8 and 14 between student and school staff members.
Among high-risk communities, Boston Public School has delayed the person’s withdrawal dates within a week due to coronovirus rates in the city.
With Halloween coming to a close, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said on Friday, “This is not the coming year in Salem,” adding that the city has seen fewer than average visitors this October, with the city’s restaurants and businesses Many people still come to me.
Some Massachusetts towns and cities are banning trick-or-treating this Halloween, while others are allowing the tradition to continue with the restrictions.
As of Saturday, here are the number of coronavirus cases in each Massachusetts county:
Barnstable County: 1,888
Berkshire County: 736
Bristol County: 10,919
Ducas County: 71
Essex County: 21,865
Franklin County: 434
Hampden County: 9,014
Hampshire County: 1,389
Middlesex County: 29,845
Nantucket County: 133
Norfolk County: 11,085
Plymouth County: 10,573
Suffolk County: 26,250
Worcester County: 15,412
Unknown location: 289
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