813 new COVID-19 cases reported at trade show Friday – NBC Boston
813 new COVID-19 cases reported at trade show Friday – NBC Boston

813 new COVID-19 cases reported at trade show Friday – NBC Boston

Massachusetts health officials on Friday announced 813 new COVID-19 cases and six more deaths.

In all, there have been 1,552,623 cases and 18,932 deaths since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. That death toll is lower than it was last week, as the state changed its data from Monday.

The state reported 231 people hospitalized for COVID-19 according to Friday’s data. Of that, 38 are in intensive care and 15 are intubated.

Top doctors in Boston talked about a new “Deltacron” variant, increasing cases in Europe and Asia, and whether a fourth vaccine dose is really needed on NBC10 Boston’s weekly “COVID Q&A” series.

The state’s seven-day average positivity rate came in at 1.68% on Friday compared to 1.59% on Thursday.

Massachusetts’ COVID measurements, tracked at the Department of Public Health’s interactive dashboard for coronavirushas been declining since the omicron rise and appears to have leveled off.

Experts have said that case counter reporting may be a less accurate indicator during the omicron rise due to the difficulty of being tested and widespread use of rapid tests not being reported. Officials also warn that health systems are still under great pressure from the influx of COVID-19 patients and related staff shortages.

More than 14 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts. It includes more than 5.8 million initial doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, 4.9 million secondary shots, and over 341,000 Johnson & Johnson single-dose shots. Nearly 2.9 million booster shots have been given.

Health officials reported Friday that a total of 5,310,893 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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