There were 14 new confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in Massachusetts, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 to 9,517, the state’s Department of Health reported Sunday. The agency also reported 744 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases here to 140,647.
In Massachusetts, the three-day mean of COVID-19 deaths was 18 Thursday, the state reported Sunday.
On Sunday, the state reported that 15,588 new people have undergone molecular testing for the virus, bringing the total number of people who have undergone that test to over 2.5 million.
The state’s average positive rate over seven days, calculated from all those tests conducted, was 1.2 percent as of Saturday, the state said. That average has fluctuated between 1.2 percent and 1.3 percent since October 9 and has been above 1 percent since the end of September.
Another measure of positivity, based on daily positive tests per person tested, was 4 percent on Saturday, according to the state.
That daily rate has fluctuated between 3.3 percent and 5 percent since October 1, the state reports. Some experts have suggested that positive tests per person tested are a better measure of the pandemic.
The three-day mean number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals was 499 Saturday, the state reported Sunday. That figure fell slightly from an average of 505 in the past four days.
The state reported that a hospital on Saturday used peak capacity to treat those patients in Massachusetts.
According to Johns Hopkins University Sunday, nearly 220,000 people have died from the virus in the US and more than 8.1 million cases have been reported.
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