MASSACHUSETTS — Massachusetts reported over 20,000 confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time ever Thursday as coronavirus metrics continue to surge across the state.
The positive rate rose above 16 percent for the first time since May 2020, although hospitalizations and deaths remain below the worst levels of last winter.
Over three-quarters of Massachusetts communities reported rising positive test rates over the last two weeks, according to town-by-town data released Thursday. Just seven Massachusetts cities and towns reported positive rates below 2 percent, with four reporting zero positive tests over the last two weeks.
The Department of Public Health reported 21,137 new coronavirus cases, 36 deaths and 46,070 vaccine doses administered Thursday.
The seven-day average number of hospitalized patients was 1,657.5, double the level a month prior. Over 1,800 people were hospitalized with the virus, as of Wednesday.
The weekly average case count was 7,636.9 daily cases, up from 3,046.1 from the level a month prior.
The weekly average positive-test rate rose from 8.16 percent to 16.44 percent over the last week.
There were 26.5 deaths per day over the last week, level with the rate a week ago.
The latest vaccine report shows the number of residents who are fully vaccinated has risen to 5.08 million. Another 797,772 residents have received one dose of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
Booster doses have been given to 2,080,512 residents.
Nearly three-quarters of the state's population, 74.6 percent, is fully vaccinated, but some communities lag behind, according to state data. Seven communities continue to report that fewer than half their residents are even partially vaccinated, down one from two weeks prior. Compare that with the more than 90 percent of residents fully vaccinated in 26 cities and towns, up one from two weeks prior.
How to use this map: Zoom in on the map below and click on a pin to see that community's coronavirus vaccination rates. You can also view the town-by-town coronavirus vaccination data in the spreadsheet we used to create this map.
Colors reflect the percentage of the population fully vaccinated, from under 50 percent, red, to more than 70 percent, green. The state did not report vaccination numbers for the one gray community. Some communities are grouped together for the purpose of vaccination data.
Note: For dozens of communities, up to 30 vaccinations may be missing from the data, as the state does not report totals for demographic subgroups with fewer than 30 vaccinated. No vaccination data is available for one community with a particularly low population: Gosnold.
The data also does not include 1,184 of the state's cases because state health officials could not determine which communities the patients lived in.
Other Key Coronavirus Metrics
Of 1,817 hospitalized patients, there were 382 patients in intensive care Wednesday, up 20 from a week prior.
The positive test rate over the last two weeks fell in 66 — or 18.8 percent — of the 351 communities in the state. The rate rose in 273 — or 77.8 percent — of the communities. It held steady in the remaining 12. Over two-thirds of communities reported rising case counts.
All but seven communities reported positive test rates higher than 2 percent during the past two weeks, including 305 with test rates above 5 percent. Four reported positive rates above 20 percent.
Statewide, there were 83 average daily cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks, up from 67.5 in last week's report.
To date, there have been 1,038,566 cases and 19,773 deaths statewide since the pandemic began.
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The state reported 119,292 new tests Friday, bringing the total administered to 36.2 million.
The data includes coronavirus cases for all Massachusetts communities, except for those with populations under 50,000 and where there are fewer than five cases. The department said the stipulation was designed to protect the privacy of patients in those towns and cities.
The state releases town-by-town testing data every Thursday, including the number of people tested, the testing rate, the positive test rate, cases and infection rates.
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