Middlesex County reported 3,902 additional COVID-19 cases this week
Middlesex County reported 3,902 additional COVID-19 cases this week

Middlesex County reported 3,902 additional COVID-19 cases this week

Another climb?

New cases of coronavirus rose sharply in both Middlesex County and the state last week as a new and highly contagious mutation takes hold.

Middlesex County reported 3,902 new cases last week, an increase of 42.1% from the 2,745 reported a week earlier, according to a U.S. TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Six deaths were reported last week, up from four a week before that. Throughout the pandemic, the county has reported 331,797 cases and 3,961 deaths.

The nationwide increase was even sharper, rising 51.7% to 14,469 new cases of the virus causing COVID-19. Thirty-three people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday, up from 28 deaths reported the week before.

Infections and hospitalizations from the virus rise again as the BA.2 omicron subvariant – which is considered to be even more contagious than its predecessor – becomes the dominant strain.

In Worcester County, 1,280 new cases were reported last week, an increase of 61.6% from the 792 reported the week before. There were four deaths last week compared to none the previous week.

And in Norfolk County, 1,375 new cases were reported last week, an increase of 42.5% from the previous week’s total of 965. Five deaths were reported last week, compared to none the week before.

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