The number of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts continues to increase as the death toll mounts across the state amid what some fear could be a potential fourth wave of cases.
In the latest data released by the state Department of Health, there were 1,817 new COVID-19 cases, which resulted in 29 newly reported virus-related deaths.
There were more than 30,750 active COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts as of Sunday, March 28, a sharp increase from the previous week, when the number hovered around 25,000.
According to the Department of Health, the seven-day average infection rate of those tested for COVID-19 is down slightly to 2.28 percent, though it is up from last month, when the average remained under 2 percent.
New patients were admitted into Massachusetts hospitals for treatment of the virus over the weekend, as the total rose to 657 still being treated. A total of nearly 600,000 residents have tested positive for the virus, resulting in 16,775 virus-related deaths.
Here's the latest rundown of cases for the five counties in Daily Voice's coverage area:
- Worcester County: 69,904 (163 new);
- Hampden County: 45,378 (153);
- Hampshire County: 8,240 (15);
- Berkshire County: 5,421 (31);
- Franklin County: 2,190 (17).
A breakdown of raw COVID-19 data in Massachusetts can be found here.
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