MA Town-By-Town COVID: Positivity rate drops below 8%

MASSACHUSETTS — Most key coronavirus metrics headed in the right direction this week, including case, positivity and hospitalization rates, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Public Health.

Statewide case rates headed in the right direction for a third straight week, and the positivity rate also declined below 8%. The death rate was the only metric to go in the wrong direction, state data showed.

Average hospitalizations fell from 592.3 last week to 569.7. As of Wednesday, 560 Massachusetts residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, a drop of 56 patients.

The statewide seven-day positive test rate rose from 8.09% last week to 7.97% on Thursday. Despite the slight improvement, for five consecutive weeks the positivity rate has remained higher than it was when the original omicron subvariant began to falter in late January.

At the community level, 153 cities and towns in Massachusetts saw their positivity rates increase, 164 saw them decrease, and 19 were unchanged.

The weekly average number of cases was 1,1055.7 daily cases, down from 1,107.3 last week. At the start of the January peak of the omicron surge, the state reported more than 23,000 average daily cases.

State data on Thursday showed rising rates of COVID-19 cases in 141 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Massachusetts also saw 163 communities with declining COVID-19 rates and 32 with no change.

As for deaths, there have been seven deaths per day over the past week, up slightly from 6.7 a week ago.

The Ministry of Public Health on Thursday reported 9,646 new cases of coronavirus last week, along with 41 new deaths and 3,716 doses of vaccine administered.

The latest state vaccine report showed that the number of fully vaccinated residents has risen to more than 5.43 million. Booster doses were given to approximately 3.17 million people. Of those who received a reminder, 662,112 received a second reminder.

Community level data

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The colors on the map represented whether a community’s case count was decreasing, staying the same, or increasing. Blue dots meant a community had a lower number of cases compared to the previous week. Yellow meant they remained the same and red meant higher.

The data also did not include 1,669 of the state’s cases because state health officials could not determine which communities the patients lived in.

Other key coronavirus measures

Of the 560 hospitalized patients, 57 were in intensive care Wednesday, nine fewer than a week ago, state health officials said. Fifteen patients were intubated statewide.

According to the Department of Public Health, 25.7% of the state’s coronavirus hospitalizations over the past week were “primarily” hospitalized for the virus, compared to “accidental” cases that tested positive while they were hospitalized for another reason. Sixty percent of patients hospitalized in the state on Wednesday have been vaccinated.

To date, there have been 1,813,037 confirmed cases and 19,939 deaths statewide since the pandemic began.

The state reported 133,419 new tests Thursday, bringing the total administered to about 46.69 million.

The data included coronavirus cases for all communities in Massachusetts except those with fewer than 50,000 residents and those with fewer than five cases. The department said the stipulation was designed to protect the privacy of patients in those cities and towns.

The state liberates city-by-city test data every Thursday, including the number of people tested, test rate, positive test rate, cases and infection rates.

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