Deaths from confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose from 14 to 8,389, state officials reported on Friday, and the number of confirmed cases rose to 387, bringing the total to 109,787.
This is the third day in a row that new coronavirus cases have topped 300. But the Department of Public Health said on Friday that the number of cases was higher due to a backlog in reporting positive tests. .
“The number of new cases reported today appears to be higher due to delays in reporting DPH test results from many laboratories, including large national commercial laboratories. However, the positive results of this test is properly assigned to the appropriate test date, “a spokesman for the Department of Health said.
The state Department of Public Health on Friday reported 127 new possible cases, bringing the total to 7,825. No new deaths may occur in the case, keeping that total at 220.
State officials said another 19,151 people were tested for coronavirus as of Friday, bringing the total number of individuals tested to 1,180,605. The total number of trials administered rose to 1,535,835.
The state reported that new antibody tests were completed for 963 people, bringing the total to 96,180.
The key state measures are looking for for this phased reopening plan to align well below the numbers reported during the springtime surge.
The seven-day weighted average of positive tests increased to 2.1 percent on Thursday. This is the first time the figure has exceeded 2 percent since mid-June. But the current number represents a 93 percent decline from mid-April highs.
The three-day average of hospitalized coronavirus patients dropped from 368 to Thursday, down from 374 the day before, representing a 90 percent drop since mid-April.
The number of hospitals using capacity increased by three to Thursday, an 86 percent drop since mid-April.
Finally, the three-day average mortality from confirmed coronavirus cases dropped from 13 to Tuesday, down from 14 the day before. That was a 92 percent fall from mid-April high.
The numbers were released Friday as Governor Charlie Baker urged Massachusetts residents not to let social travel and wear masks, acknowledging case numbers are rising. He specifically mentioned a number of large gatherings that opened the door to uprisings, including a recent Falmouth guard party, a house party in Chatham, an unauthorized football camp in Weymouth. , a Chelmsford party, a Wrentham gathering, and a 90-person prom party in Cohasset.
Baker said current state guidelines limit indoor gatherings to no more than 25 people. He said that if the numbers deteriorate, he will have to consider a number of options, including reducing the size of the assemblies.
“Things are definitely different because of the virus but there is a responsible way to come together,” Baker said at a press conference on Friday. “People need to do their part to protect their friends, their families, neighbors, and their communities.”
Travis Andersen contributed Globe staff.
Christina Prignano can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @cprignano.