Mass. Reports 8,625 New COVID Cases Over the Weekend – NBC Boston

Massachusetts health officials reported 8,625 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. This comes as health officials continue to monitor the increased case and hospitalization counts.

One new death was reported, bringing the death toll to 19,199.

In total, there have been 1,646,769 cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state reported 604 people hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Monday’s data release, with 195 of them being primary cases. Of the total hospitalizations, 54 are in intensive care and 29 are intubated.

Massachusetts’ COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health’s interactive coronavirus dashboard, have declined since the omicron surge, but case counts have been on an upward trajectory in recent weeks. For context, this is nowhere near the numbers seen at the height of the omicron surge in January, when average daily case counts reached over 28,000 and hospitalizations peaked at around 3,300.

The state’s seven-day average positivity rate increased to 6.77% Monday, compared to 6.63% on Friday.

COVID levels in wastewater, as reported by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s tracking system were slightly down at the start of last week in the Boston area, though it wasn’t enough to convince top Boston doctors that we were clear from the spring surge. As of samples through Wednesday, those levels were on the rise again.

It’s important to note that the levels of virus seen in the wastewater remain nowhere near where they were during the peak of the omicron surge.

Top Boston doctors discuss Dr. Anthony Fauci’s statement on the pandemic phase, Paxlovid and a study that found a higher death rate in the south during NBC10 Boston’s weekly “COVID Q&A” series.

Experts have said that case count reporting may have become a less accurate indicator during the omicron surge, given the difficulties in getting tested and widespread use of rapid tests where results go unreported.

The majority of cases in New England right now are being attributed to the “stealth” omicron variant BA.2. Increases in cases abroad are raising concerns that the US could soon experience another COVID-19 wave. However, medical officials have said they don’t expect that the rise of BA.2 will result in as dramatic of a spike in cases as we saw in the omicron surge late last year into early 2022, though they warn that we should expect to see a “bump,” which it appears we are now in.

More than 14.5 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Massachusetts.

Health officials on Monday reported that a total of 5,367,807 Massachusetts residents have been fully vaccinated.

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