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Massachusetts Confirms 550 New COVID-19 Cases and 21 Coronavirus Deaths

Massachusetts Confirms 550 New COVID-19 Cases and 21 Coronavirus Deaths

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed 550 new COVID-19 cases and 21 related deaths on Saturday. The new cases bring the total number of positive cases in the state to 139,903, and a total death toll of 9,503.

According to the DPH, state health officials have administered 5.08 million molecular COVID-19 tests on more than 2.49 million people since the pandemic started in Massachusetts. The authorities revealed on Saturday that 500 newly infected people have been hospitalized with 88 of them admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

To give a detailed breakdown of the communities that are at higher risks of the disease, the DPH published a weekly COVID-19 data report which indicated 63 high-risk communities across the state. Each of the communities witnessed an average daily case that is higher than 8 cases per 100,000 people within the last 14 days. The average daily cases for the entire state have been put at 8.7 cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days.

Some of the counties with COVID-19 infection cases as of Saturday are listed thus:

· 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

The DPH further revealed that 118,892 people were released from isolation after they tested negative for the disease. Schools, where students have resumed for physical classes or a mix of physical and virtual classes, recorded 160 COVID-19 infections across Massachusetts between October 8-14. Meanwhile, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and other mayers in Massachusetts said Halloween celebrations will be suspended this year and all trick-and-treat activities will be banned.


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