BOSTON (WHDH) – The Department of Public Health reported 4,222 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday.
A total of 488,861 cases have been reported so far in Massachusetts with an estimated 78,171 active cases. The seven-day average positivity rate of 4.44 percent has decreased 0.23 percent from Wednesday’s report
A total of 43 new deaths were confirmed, elevating the confirmed virus-related death toll to 14,056 statewide.
One thousand, eight hundred and seventy-eight people are currently hospitalized and 442 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.
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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