Massachusetts is in the midst of a new surge of COVID-19 infections that has not been seen in nearly a year.
In the latest update from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Commonwealth was reporting 4,838 new laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus, as the average seven-day positivity rate of those tested for COVID-19 rose to 5.14 percent.
The number of new cases is the highest single-day total since late January, during the previous winter spike of infections.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts during the last two weeks, according to the Department of Health:
- 0-4: 1,938;
- 5-9: 3,275;
- 10-14: 3,112;
- 15-19: 2,042;
- 20-29: 4,648;
- 30-39: 5,317;
- 40-49: 4,248;
- 50-59: 4,000;
- 60-69: 2,808;
- 70-79: 1,249;
- 80+: 788.
According to the Department of Health, there were 25 new virus-related deaths in Massachusetts. The average age of patients who have died of COVID-19 in Massachusetts is 75.
As of Thursday, Dec. 2, there are 957 COVID-19 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Massachusetts hospitals, with 204 in ICU and 104 intubated for the virus. Of those hospitalized, 355 are fully vaccinated.
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