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56,489 new COVID-19 cases, 47 additional deaths reported in Massachusetts


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 56,489 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, data which covers the previous four days. The state’s seven-day positivity rate continues to drop — and now sits at 17.44%, nearly 5% lower than what the rate was one week ago. On Dec. 18, the state’s seven-day positivity rate was 6.26%.According to a Tuesday report from the DPH, 3,192 patients with confirmed coronavirus cases were hospitalized in Massachusetts, of which 466 were reported to be in an intensive care unit.After weeks of patient increases, Massachusetts appears to have hit a plateau in COVID-19 hospitalizations. The state reported 3,306 hospitalizations on Friday. The seven-day average of hospitalizations stands at 3,166, more than double what the seven-day average was at the same time in December. The seven-day average of hospitalizations was 1,439 on Dec. 18. State health officials said 1,558 of the patients in Massachusetts hospitals are COVID-19 breakthrough cases, or 49% of all hospitalizations. A breakthrough case is when an individual tests positive for COVID-19 after they’ve been fully vaccinated against the disease.The state is poised to release additional hospitalization data soon that will reveal if hospitalized patients are there because of COVID-19 symptoms, or tested positive for the virus after being hospitalized for other conditions. State health officials also added 47 confirmed COVID-19-related deaths to the state’s total, which is now 20,497.More than 5.16 million of Massachusetts’ 7.03 million residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the DPH.Mass. past the omicron surge?Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that the state appeared to be on the backside of the omicron surge.It’s been a week since the average number of daily COVID-19 cases peaked at just under 23,000.Brigham and Women’s Dr. Paul Sax said it might be because the omicron variant was so contagious and spread so quickly that it’s now starting to run out of people to infect.”One theory is that it infects so many people that there isn’t enough population left to re-infect in the short-term,” Sax said. “Remember, people are protected from getting COVID again, at least in the first phases after they get it, the first weeks or months, they almost never get it again.”Sax said another theory is that people took omicron seriously, changed their behaviors, and prevention stopped the virus in its tracks.He said he still wants to see more data to be sure the worst of the omicron variant is behind us.Massachusetts COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and fatalitiesMassachusetts vaccination progressNew data is typically published weekdays around 5 p.m., with weekend data included in Monday’s report. Weekly data reports are typically released on Thursdays at around 5 p.m.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 56,489
confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, data which covers the previous four days.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate continues to drop — and now sits at 17.44%, nearly 5% lower than what the rate was one week ago. On Dec. 18, the state’s seven-day positivity rate was 6.26%.

According to a Tuesday report from the DPH, 3,192 patients with confirmed coronavirus cases were hospitalized in Massachusetts, of which 466 were reported to be in an intensive care unit.

After weeks of patient increases, Massachusetts appears to have hit a plateau in COVID-19 hospitalizations. The state reported 3,306 hospitalizations on Friday.

The seven-day average of hospitalizations stands at 3,166, more than double what the seven-day average was at the same time in December. The seven-day average of hospitalizations was 1,439 on Dec. 18.

State health officials said 1,558 of the patients in Massachusetts hospitals are COVID-19 breakthrough cases, or 49% of all hospitalizations.

A breakthrough case is when an individual tests positive for COVID-19 after they’ve been fully vaccinated against the disease.

The state is poised to release additional hospitalization data soon that will reveal if hospitalized patients are there because of COVID-19 symptoms, or tested positive for the virus after being hospitalized for other conditions.

State health officials also added 47 confirmed COVID-19-related deaths to the state’s total, which is now 20,497.

More than 5.16 million of Massachusetts’ 7.03 million residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the DPH.

Mass. past the omicron surge?

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that the state appeared to be on the backside of the omicron surge.

It’s been a week since the average number of daily COVID-19 cases peaked at just under 23,000.

Brigham and Women’s Dr. Paul Sax said it might be because the omicron variant was so contagious and spread so quickly that it’s now starting to run out of people to infect.

“One theory is that it infects so many people…



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