Mass. publishes revised COVID-19 death toll – NBC Boston
Mass.  publishes revised COVID-19 death toll – NBC Boston

Mass. publishes revised COVID-19 death toll – NBC Boston

Massachusetts on Monday reported an additional 1,520 coronavirus cases, a number that includes three days over the weekend and a recently revised death toll of 18,886, several thousand fewer than previously reported.

The state announced last week that it would revise the death toll based on updates to the reporting system. The governor said 4,081 deaths once linked to the virus were categorized for other reasons, and about 400 others were stamped as COVID-19 deaths. That resulted in a death toll of 18,886 on Monday, compared to 22,980 reported on Friday.

The state’s total COVID-19 case is 1,549,684.

It was only two months ago that Massachusetts’ COVID measurements were tracked at the Department of Public Health interactive dashboard for coronavirus tracked case numbers in the thousands rather than the hundreds. State health officials reported a single-day record on January 5thwhich tops 27,000 cases, followed by second-highest one-day total on January 7thwith more than 26,000 cases.

The 7-day average test positivity came in at 1.51% on Friday compared to 1.67% reported on Friday.

There were 236 COVID-19 admissions reported Monday with 38 patients in intensive care and 15 patients intubated.

The state also revised reporting on virus admission back in January. The report now indicates whether COVID-19 is the primary cause of hospitalization or accidental. On March 11, 39% of COVID-19 admissions were primary cases.

As recently as January 14, there were 3,300 patients in the hospitals. The worst period of the hospital admissions pandemic continues April 2020, when nearly 4,000 people with COVID were in Massachusetts hospitals.

More than 14 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts. It includes over 5.8 million initial doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, 4.96 million secondary shots and over 341,000 Johnson & Johnson single-dose shots. More than 2.88 million booster shots have been given.

Health officials reported Monday that a total of 5,306,399 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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