Coronavirus in Massachusetts: Deaths increase by 80 with 805 new cases

Massachusetts health officials on Friday reported that 80 more people have died from the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases increased by 805.

Coronavirus hospitalizations went down by 73 patients, following a recent trend that brings the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization total to 2,323. Overall, the statewide hospitalization total has declined by 1,239 since May 5.

The 80 new deaths bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 6,228, the state Department of Public Health announced. The three-day average of coronavirus daily deaths has dropped from 159 at the start of May to 76 now.

The state has logged 90,889 confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease, an increase of 805 cases since Thursday.

At least 2,323 people in Massachusetts are currently being hospitalized for the coronavirus — and 628 patients are currently in the ICU.

The number of hospitals using surge capacity is 13, down from a peak of 23 earlier this month.

The highest peak of Massachusetts coronavirus hospitalizations was 3,965 on April 21. The three-day average of hospitalized coronavirus patients has gone down 33%

An additional 10,158 tests have brought the state’s total to 511,644 tests. The seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate has declined from 16.6% on May 1 to 9.2% now.

Middlesex County has the most confirmed cases in Massachusetts with 20,085 cases, followed by Suffolk County with 17,180 cases.

The state reported 19,305 residents and health care workers at long-term care facilities have now contracted the virus, with 345 facilities reporting at least one case of COVID-19.

Of the state’s 6,228 total coronavirus deaths, 3,807 deaths are connected to long-term care facilities.

The U.S. has recorded nearly 1.6 million coronavirus cases — the most cases in the world. More than 95,000 Americans have died, and nearly 300,000 have recovered.

Worldwide, there have been more than 5.1 million coronavirus cases and 335,000 deaths. More than 1.9 million have recovered from the contagious illness that has swept the globe.

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