Mass. reports 26 new deaths, 569 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday


The Massachusetts Department of Health reported 26 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, as well as 569 new confirmed cases of the virus.

The latest data from the Department of Public Health brings the state’s death toll from the coronavirus to 9,085, with a total of 125,139 confirmed cases.

The three-day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths increased from 13 Tuesday to 16 Wednesday, according to the state.

The latest data came after many schools in Massachusetts reopened for the first time since the pandemic struck in the spring and grappling with the challenges of resuming education during the pandemic.

Few districts have reopened their buildings full-time, despite calls from Gov. Charlie Baker and other state officials, who point to public health data supporting in-person learning.

Instead, many districts start the school year remotely, like Boston, or offer a mix of distance and hybrid schedules to bring some students back to buildings, including Newton.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts colleges and universities are vying for coronavirus cases among students, including at Boston College, where the state will take over contact tracing after an outbreak in that country.

More than 2 million people have undergone molecular tests for the virus, including 21,298 new people tested on Saturday, the state reported.

The seven-day weighted average positive rate for molecular testing was 0.8% on Friday, and that average has remained stable since Wednesday.

The state also reported that 299 new people had undergone antibody tests, for a total of 118,069 people tested on Saturday.

Four hospitals were using surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients on Friday, the state said, down slightly from the five reported a day earlier.

The three-day average number of hospitalized coronavirus patients increased, state data showed, and reached 359 on Friday, from 356 on Thursday.

John Hilliard can be reached at [email protected]


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