Massachusetts health officials announced Saturday that there are 550 new coronavirus cases in the state and another 21 deaths related to the virus.
The new cases on Saturday are based on 12,395 molecular tests. The seven-day weighted average of positive tests is 1.3 percent, according to data from the State Department of Public Health. In August and September, that rate was as low as 0.8%.
Currently, 500 people are hospitalized for coronavirus, including 88 in the intensive care unit.
So far during the pandemic, Massachusetts has seen at least 1
A total of 5,088,797 molecular tests were administered to 2,499,045 people in Massachusetts.
On Friday, DPH announced that the state was adjusting its metric to determine which states are considered low-risk for travel amid the pandemic and loosened restrictions on California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Washington.
As of this week, 63 communities in Massachusetts have been labeled as being at high risk of spreading the virus. Schools with students studying in person or in a hybrid model this week reported 160 cases of the virus among students and school staff members from October 8 to October 14.
Boston Public Schools, among the high-risk communities, have delayed in-person return dates by one week due to coronavirus rates in the city.
As Halloween approaches, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll on Friday said “this is not the year to come to Salem,” adding that while the city has seen fewer than average visitors this October, there are still too many people who they visit the restaurants and businesses of the city.
Some towns and cities in Massachusetts are banning trick or treating this Halloween, while others are allowing the tradition to continue with restrictions.
As of Saturday, here is the number of coronavirus cases in each Massachusetts county:
Barnstable County: 1,888
Berkshire County: 736
Bristol County: 10,919
Dukes County: 71
Essex County: 21,865
Franklin County: 434
Hampden County: 9,014
Hampshire County: 1,389
Middlesex County: 29,845
Nantucket County: 133
Norfolk County: 11,085
Plymouth County: 10,573
Suffolk County: 26,250
Worcester County: 15,412
Unknown location: 289
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