Massachusetts public health officials announced 1,265 new COVID cases and seven new deaths on Sunday, which marked the sixth consecutive day of a drop in active cases across the state.
There are currently 34,553 active cases, down from Saturday’s 34,682, according to the state Department of Public Health. On Friday, health officials reported 35,100 active cases of the virus.
Over the course of the pandemic, Massachusetts has seen 631,471 residents test positive for the coronavirus and 17,117 have died. Sunday’s new cases are based on 79,078 molecular tests, DPH said. Since last year, at least 20.4 million tests have been administered statewide.
As of Sunday, 2,037,794 residents are fully vaccinated in Massachusetts, according to DPH’s daily vaccine report. At least 3,041,808 have received the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The state on Saturday reached the milestone of more than 2 million residents now fully vaccinated just as the global death toll from the pandemic eclipsed 3 million people.
Nationally, the U.S. is now reporting about 70,000 new cases per day, with officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci concerned about increases in travel and loosening of COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines just as highly contagious variants become the dominant strain in multiple regions.
Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, predicted Sunday that the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be back in circulation, though perhaps with restrictions or warnings, after federal public health officials met Friday. The federal government paused distribution of the vaccine nationwide after reports of extremely rare blood clotting in six women.
As of Sunday, 701 people are hospitalized for the virus, up from 693 on Saturday. At least 162 are in intensive care and 103 who are intubated, according to DPH. The average age of hospitalized patients is currently 59.
The seven-day average rate of positive tests stands at 1.97%, down from Saturday’s 2.15%.
This past week, 59 communities were designated high risk for COVID spread, down from 77 the week before.
Following returns to in-person learning, public schools this past week reported a record high of COVID cases, including 1,095 students and 184 staff members testing positive.
Here are the total COVID cases by county:
Barnstable County: 13,211
Berkshire County: 6,065
Bristol County: 63,209
Dukes County: 1,174
Essex County: 93,489
Franklin County: 2,379
Hampden County: 48,991
Hampshire County: 8,771
Middlesex County: 129,437
Nantucket County: 1,434
Norfolk County: 52,531
Plymouth County: 46,640
Suffolk County: 89,213
Worcester County: 73,744