QUINCY – The city reported 350 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, pushing the total number of cases to 17,167 since the pandemic began nearly two years ago.
Over the past two weeks, Quincy has averaged about 250 new COVID-19 cases per day. Quincy has a vaccination rate of 77 percent, and 37 percent of those people have had booster shots.
In Braintree, the town reported 995 new COVID-19 cases in the week before Tuesday, bringing its total to 8,166 since the coronavirus pandemic started.
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Randolph had 1,983 COVID-19 cases in the two weeks ending Jan. 8, a rate of 411 daily cases per 100,000 people for that period, the highest in the area. There have been 8,177 cases of COVID-19 in Randolph.
Milton Town Administrator Michael Dennehy told the select board Wednesday night the town's health department has seen "a huge spike in cases since the holidays."
With 78 percent of the town's eligible population fully vaccinated and 88 percent partially vaccinated, Dennehy said the town is seeing some breakthrough cases with mild to moderate symptoms. He said the health department is shifting its emphasis from booster vaccine clinic to contact tracing.
Despite the omicron variant of the coronavirus taking hold, there are some encouraging signs with case numbers around the Northeast starting to fall, officials say. A model developed by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School suggest the number of COVID-19 cases will peak late next week. Wastewater samples taken by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority show a sharp decline in COVID-19 levels.
Right now, there are still many COVID-19 cases in area. More than 20,000 cases were reported across the South Shore in the most recent two week tally of city and town statistics released by the state Department of Public Health.
The statewide daily total reported Thursday showed 18,721 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the pandemic total to 1,305,830 cases. There were 36 new deaths, for a total of 20,386.
There are 3,180 in hospitals with COVID-19, of which 484 are in intensive care units and 278 are intubated.
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Breaking down the numbers
The following is a list of the number of cases by community over the two weeks ending Jan. 8, the daily rate of cases per 100,000 people over the two week period and the total number of cases since the pandemic began. The statistics generally do not include results from home tests.
Abington: 693 cases 271.6 rate 3,259 total
Braintree, 1,608 cases, 289.6 rate, 7,457 total
Carver, 374 case, 218.1 rate, 1,809 total
Cohasset, 186 cases, 180.6 rate, 926 total
Duxbury, 419 cases, 197.9 rate, 2,054 total
Halifax, 227 cases, 212.1 rate, 1,205 total
Hanover, 826 cases, 410.3 rate, 3,325 total
Hanson, 359 cases, 238.2 rate 1,842 total
Hingham, 589 cases, 175.3 rate 3,430 total
Holbrook, 203 cases, 297.4 rate, 2,175 total
Hull, 178 cases, 129.8 rate 1,125 total
Kingston, 508 cases, 265.4 rate, 2,396 total.
Marshfield, 733 cases, 202 rate 3,555 total
Milton, 1,196 cases, 297.2 rate, 4,891 total
Norwell, 385 cases, 256.6 rate, 1,636 total
Pembroke, 572 cases, 217.7 rate, 2,926 total
Plymouth, 1,900 cases, 216.4 rate, 10,690 total
Quincy, 3,512 cases, 247.1 rate, 15,086 total
Randolph, 1,983 cases, 411.3 rate, 8,177 total
Rockland, 773 cases, 305.2 rate 3,616 total
Scituate, 494 cases, 195 rate, 2,413 total
Weymouth, 2,033 cases, 258.5 rate, 9,805 total
Whitman, 575, 264.3, 2,770 total
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This article originally appeared on The Patriot Ledger: Latest state report shows over 20,000 COVID-19 cases on South Shore