MASSACHUSETTS — The rates of positive coronavirus tests increased, one day after hitting its lowest mark yet in the state's daily update on the pandemic.
The Department of Public health confirmed Tuesday that 870 people had tested positive for the coronavirus after performing 6,768 tests, a positive rate of 13 percent. On Monday, the rate had dipped under 10 percent for the first time since the beginning of the daily updates in late March.
Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration have repeatedly said the state is watching the hospitalization rate to determine when and how to reopen business in the commonwealth. Federal guidelines call for 14 straight days of falling rates before reopening should begin.
The positive rate has exceeded 14 percent only once in the past week. Nearly 80,000 people have tested positive for the virus.
The state also reported another 33 people died of illnesses related to COVID-19, bringing the commonwealth's total deaths to 5,141.
The daily report, noted, however, that the death statistic is slightly misleading.
"Due to a later reporting deadline on Monday, May 11, some deaths that might have been included in today’s report were instead included in yesterday’s report," it said.
As of Tuesday, 3,127 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment, 818 in intensive care units. That rate — 4 percent of 79,332 confirmed cases — is the lowest rate since the state started counting suspected cases for a second day in a row.
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