All 4 Major Health Metrics Move In Right Direction

Mike Carraggi

The four major public health indicators the state is watching as it gradually reopens the economy all trended in the right direction in Friday's coronavirus update.

Still, there were 805 newly confirmed cases and 80 more deaths. While both numbers were fewer than Thursday's report, it lifts the overall total to 90,889 cases and 6,228 deaths.

The seven-day weighted average of positive test rate, three-day average of number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the number of hospitals using surge capacity and the three-day average of COVID-19 deaths all continued to tick downward. Those metrics, along with other factors, are helping officials weigh reopening.

Gov. Charlie Baker earlier Friday warned people not to lose focus ahead of Memorial Day weekend, imploring residents to keep social distancing and wearing face masks. Baker said people have worked too hard to lose out on the gains.

"Don't let a few nice days step on that," he said.

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This article originally appeared on the Boston Patch