Massachusetts health officials on Saturday announced there were 550 new cases of coronavirus in the state and 21 more virus-related deaths.
Saturday’s new cases are based on 12,395 molecular tests. The seven-day, weighted average of positive tests was 1.3%, 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 with coronavirus, with 88 in the intensive care unit.
So far during the pandemic, Massachusetts has seen at least 139,903 cases of the virus and 9,503 related deaths. Of those who died, 98.2% had underlying health conditions, according to the department.
A total of 5,088,797 molecular tests were given to 2,499,045 people in Massachusetts.
On Friday, the DPH announced that the state was adjusting its scale to determine which states considered low-risk travel in the midst of the pandemic and released restrictions on the states of California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Washington.
As of this week, 63 communities in Massachusetts have been labeled at high risk for spreading the virus. Schools with students learning in person or in a hybrid model this week reported 160 cases of the virus to student and school staff members from October 8 to October 14.
Boston Public Schools, among the communities at risk, have delayed one-week return dates due to coronavirus rates in the city.
As Halloween approaches, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said on Friday that “this is not the year to come to Salem,” adding that while the city is seeing fewer average visitors this October, more people are still visiting in city restaurants and businesses.
Some Massachusetts towns and cities ban trick-or-treating this Halloween, while others allow the tradition to continue with restrictions.
As of Saturday, here is the number of coronavirus cases in every province of Massachusetts:
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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