MA Coronavirus: 146 New Deaths, 1,705 More Cases Amid 'Surge'

Samantha Mercado

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 146 new coronavirus-related deaths Sunday and 1,705 more cases. The total number of cases in the state is now 38,077.

Sunday's numbers are only slightly lower than the two-day high the state reported Friday and Saturday. There have been a total of 1,706 deaths reported.

At 528 cases per 100,000 people, Massachusetts has the third-most cases per capita of any state in the country, according to data compiled by The New York Times. Only New York and New Jersey outpace the Bay State. At 23 deaths per 100,000 residents, Massachusetts has the sixth-most deaths per capita.

Gov. Charlie Baker said Sunday morning the state is "right in the middle of the surge now" and a top White House official highlighted the state as an area where the continued spread of COVID-19 is a concern.

As of Sunday, there were 5,435 new tests were conducted for a total of 162,241.

Middlesex County has the most reported cases with 8,737, followed by Suffolk County with 8,074. With the National Guard testing in long-term care facilitates across the state, the total number of cases in those facilities rose to 6,121, with 884 reported deaths.

"The surge is in different places, in different states, at different times. We're in a very different place here in Massachusetts than other states are," Baker said on CBS News' Face the Nation.

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This article originally appeared on the Boston Patch