The number of deaths from confirmed cases of coronavirus in Massajussres increased by 14 to 8,389, state officials reported on Friday, and the number of confirmed cases rose by 387, bringing the death toll to 387. total brought 109,787.
It was the third day in a row that new coronavirus cases had reached 300. But the Department of Public Health said on Friday that the number of cases was higher due to backlog in reporting positive tests.
“The number of new cases reported today appears higher due to delays in reporting test results to DPH from multiple laboratories, including large national commercial laboratories. However, these positive test results were given retrospectively for the data. appropriate test, “a Public Health Department spokesman said on Friday.
The state Department of Public Health on Friday reported 127 likely new cases, bringing that total to 7,825. There were no probable new case deaths, while the total was 220.
State officials said 19,151 more people have been tested for coronavirus since Friday, bringing the total number of individuals tested to 1,180,605. The total number of tests administered rose to 1,535,835.
The state reported that new antibody tests had been completed for 963 people, resulting in 96,180.
The key metrics the state is eyeing for its gradual opening plan is still kept far below the numbers reported during the spring hike.
The weighted seven-day average of positive tests rose to 2.1 percent as of Thursday. The first time the figure has gone above 2 percent since mid-June. But the current number represents a 93 percent drop from mid-April highs.
The three-day average of coronavirus patients hospitalized dropped to 368 from Thursday, down from 374 the previous day, representing a 90 percent drop since mid-April.
The number of hospitals using wave capacity has dropped to three since Thursday, down 86 percent from mid-April.
Finally, the three-day average of deaths from confirmed coronavirus cases dropped to 13 from Tuesday, down from 14 the previous day. This is a 92 percent drop from the mid-April high.
Friday’s numbers were released as Governor Charlie Baker urged Massachusetts residents not to pay attention to social distance and wearing the mask, while acknowledging that the numbers of the cases are increasing. He specifically cited a number of major meetings that opened the door to outbreaks, including a recent rescue party in Falmouth, a party house in Chaham, an unauthorized football field in Wymymouth, a Chelmsford party, a meeting of Wrentham and 90 people a promising party in Chasset.
Baker said current state guidelines limit internal meetings to no more than 25 people. He said that if the numbers worsen, he would have to consider a number of options, including reducing the size of those meetings.
“Things are definitely different because of the virus but there is a responsible way to collect it,” Baker said during a press conference on Friday. “People need to do their part to protect their peers, their families, their neighbors and their communities.”
Globe staff Travis Andersen contributed.
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