WORCESTER, MA — Massachusetts added 218 new coronavirus cases and counted 12 new deaths on Sunday, according to the state's daily update. By comparison, the state reported 177 new cases and 17 deaths on Saturday.
Many COVID-19 trends in Massachusetts are heading in a positive direction, including the number of people hospitalized with the virus, testing capacity, and the positive test rate. The number of hospitalizations dropped to 498, down from the peak of close to 4,000 in late April.
The number of people being treated for COVID-19 in hospital intensive care units dropped to 64, down from 93 one week ago. However, the number of people intubated was almost unchanged at 41, down from 43 on July 12.
The seven-day positive test rate was about 1.7 percent, which is where it's been since around July 10, according to state figures.
Massachusetts is in the midst of phase 3 of Gov. Charlie Baker's reopening plan, and many people crowded state beaches over a scorching hot weekend. Photos of South Boston's M Street Beach showed hundreds of beach goers crowded together, many not wearing masks. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation on Sunday had to close many state parks — including Salisbury Beach, Walden Pond State Reservation, and Hopkinton State Park — due to crowding.
Since March, Massachusetts has counted 106,882 total coronavirus cases and 8,213 deaths.
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