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Massachusetts coronavirus cases up 1,785, significant decrease from day before, deaths up 18

Massachusetts health officials reported 1,785 new coronavirus cases Monday, down nearly 1,000 cases from the day before, while officials also reported 18 more virus deaths.

Monday’s count of 1,785 comes after Sunday’s tally of 2,721 cases, which pushed the state’s total confirmed cases above 200,000.

Sunday’s count followed Saturday’s report of 2,991 cases — the highest case count since the spring, and the second-highest daily total since the virus arrived in the state.

The highest was 3,079 cases on April 23, in the height of the spring surge.

The 18 more virus death brings the total state COVID-19 death toll to 10,530, the state Department of Public Health said. The three-day average of coronavirus daily deaths has dropped from a peak of 161 in May to 23 now.

The state has logged 201,835 confirmed cases of the virus and health officials estimate there are 40,202 active cases across the state.

For the first two weeks of November, people ages 20-29 years have the most total cases of any age group followed by those up to age 19.

The seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate, removing higher education institutions, remains at an elevated level. That number at the start of September was between 1% and 2%, but the rate is now at 4.82%.

Including the testing at higher education institutions, the seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate was 3.0% on Sunday and moved to 3.06% on Monday.

Statewide coronavirus hospitalizations on Monday increased by 29 patients, bringing the COVID-19 hospitalization total to 922

There are 204 patients in the ICU and 91 are intubated.

The 922 current patients is a jump from 436 patients at the start of November. The highest peak of Massachusetts’ coronavirus hospitalizations was 3,965 on April 21.

Of the state’s total coronavirus deaths, 6,685 are connected to long-term care facilities, an increase of 10 from Sunday.

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