BOSTON (WHDH) – The Department of Public Health reported 2,781 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday.

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A total of 491,462 cases have been reported so far in Massachusetts with an estimated 74,595 active cases. The seven-day average positivity rate of 4.28 percent has decreased 0.16 percent from Thursday’s report

A total of 98 new deaths were confirmed, elevating the confirmed virus-related death toll to 14,154 statewide.

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One thousand, seven hundred and eighty-nine people are currently hospitalized and 412 are currently receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, typically between people who are in close contact with one another and via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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As of January 27, 11,433 people under the age of 19 have tested positive. The highest rate of positives per age group.

Ages 20-29 came in next with 10,337, followed by 30-39 year-olds at 8,520. The lowest reported age group was those over 80 with just 2,312 confirmed cases.

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