Massachusetts coronavirus deaths rise 16, cases up 570, daily positive rate hovers around 4%

Massachusetts health officials on Sunday reported 16 new coronavirus deaths and 570 new cases, as the daily positive rate continued to hover around 4%.

The 570 new cases follows a spike above 700 on Friday — one of the highest numbers since the spring.

The 16 new coronavirus deaths and one new probable coronavirus death bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 9,604, the state Department of Public Health said. The three-day average of coronavirus daily deaths has dropped from a peak of 161 in May to 11 now.

The state has logged 138,903 cases of the highly contagious disease, an increase of 570 confirmed cases since Saturday. Of the 138,903 total cases, at least 116,364 people have recovered.

On Wednesday, Massachusetts health officials reported that 40 communities are now in the high-risk category for coronavirus —  a state record after 23 cities and towns were on the list last week.

The daily percentage of tested individuals who are positive continues to hover around 4%. That figure at the start of September was between 1% and 2%, but the rate was 4.1% on Thursday, 4.4% on Friday and 4.2% on Saturday — the most recent day of available data.

The seven-day weighted average of the state’s positive test rate ticked down from 1.1% on Saturday to 1.0% on Sunday.

Coronavirus hospitalizations went down by 20 patients, bringing the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization total to 511.

The highest peak of Massachusetts’ coronavirus hospitalizations was 3,965 on April 21. The three-day average of coronavirus hospitalizations has jumped from 308 three weeks ago to 514 now.

There are 85 patients in the ICU, and 29 patients are currently intubated.

An additional 15,797 tests have brought the state’s total to more than 4.7 million tests.

The state reported 25,198 residents and health care workers at long-term care facilities have now contracted the virus.

Of the state’s 9,604 total coronavirus deaths, 6,189 are connected to long-term care facilities.

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