Massachusetts reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 18,194 new cases. This is a decrease of 43.2% compared to last week’s figures of 32,011 new cases of the virus causing COVID-19.
Massachusetts ranked number 38 among the states where coronavirus spread most rapidly on a per-person basis, according to a U.S. TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. In the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States decreased by 41.5% compared to the week before, with 1,217,001 reported cases. With 2.07% of the country’s population, Massachusetts had 1.49% of the country’s cases last week. Across the country, no state had more cases in the past week than they had in the week before.
Bristol County reported 1,415 cases and 57 deaths in the past week. One week earlier, it had reported 2,530 cases and 63 deaths. During the entire pandemic, it reported 146,630 cases and 2,383 deaths.
Newport County reported 463 cases and six deaths in the past week. One week earlier, it had reported 836 cases and four deaths. During the entire pandemic, it has reported 18,879 cases and 77 deaths.
Across Massachusetts, cases dropped in 12 counties, with the best drop in Middlesex County, with 3,221 cases from 5,779 a week earlier; in Worcester County, with 2,039 cases from 4,233; and in Suffolk County, with 2,252 cases from 3,608.
Massachusetts ranked 2nd among states in the proportion of people who received at least one shot, with 95.8% of residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 75.9%, shows a US TODAY analysis of CDC data. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most widely used in the United States, require two doses to be administered every few weeks.
In the week ending Sunday, Massachusetts reported having administered an additional 143,042 vaccine doses, including 45,620 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 55,249 vaccine doses, including 17,603 first doses. In total, Massachusetts reported that it has administered 14,101,733 total doses.
Within Massachusetts, the worst weekly outbreaks were per. person in Berkshire County with 514 cases per 100,000 pr. week; Hampshire County with 503; and Franklin County with 410. Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per year. 100,000 a week.
Adding the most new cases overall was Middlesex County, with 3,221 cases; Suffolk County, with 2,252 cases; and Worcester County, with 2,039.
In Massachusetts, 412 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 470 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,648,656 people in Massachusetts have been tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 22,791 people have died from the disease, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. In the United States, 77,739,880 people tested positive and 919,696 people died.
Note: For Massachusetts, Johns Hopkins University reports data in a combined health department for the Dukes and Nantucket counties. These two counties can appear without any cases and this will skew the ranking of counties.
Massachusetts’ COVID-19 hospital admissions fall
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data from Sunday, February 13th.
Likely COVID patients admitted to the state:
- Last week: 1,510
- The week before: 1,893
- Four weeks ago: 3,718
Likely COVID patients admitted to the country:
- Last week: 110,378
- The week before: 131,189
- Four weeks ago: 197,960
Hospitals in zero states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in three states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive care units. Hospitals in zero states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the past week than a week before, the U.S. TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
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