The death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose 14 to 8,389, state officials announced Friday, and the number of confirmed cases rose to 387, bringing it to 109,787.
It was the third day in a row that new coronavirus cases reached 300. But the Department of Public Health said Friday that the count 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 by numerous laboratories, including large national commercial laboratories. However, these positive test results have been retrospectively assigned. on the due date of the test, ”a spokesman for the Department of Public Health said Friday.
The State Department of Public Health on Friday reported 127 possible new cases, bringing it to 7,825. No new deaths of possible cases were reported, keeping it at a total of 220.
State officials said 19,1151 more people were tested for the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of individuals tested to 1,180,605. The total number of administered tests rose to 1,535,835.
The state announced that new antibody tests had been completed for 963 people, bringing it to 96,180.
The main metrics the state is looking at for its reopening plan in phase, still raised below the numbers reported during the spring hike.
The weighted average of the seven days of positive tests rose to 2.1 percent from Thursday. This is the first time this figure has gone above 2 percent since mid-June. But the current figure represents a 93 per cent drop from April’s highest levels.
The three-day average of hospitalized coronavirus patients fell to 368 as of Thursday, from 374 the day before, representing a 90 percent drop since mid-April.
The number of hospitals using incremental capacity fell to three as of Thursday, a drop of 86 percent since mid-April.
Finally, the average of three days of deaths from confirmed coronavirus cases dropped to 13 on Tuesday, from 14 days the day before. This is a drop of 92 percent from the highest levels of April.
Friday’s numbers were released as Governor Charlie Baker urged Massachusetts residents not to allow protection from social alienation and disguise, acknowledging the number of cases is rising. He specifically mentioned a number of large rallies that have opened the door to explosions, including a recent life-saving party in Falmouth, an indoor party in Chatham, an unauthorized football camp in Weymouth, a party in Chelmsford, a rally in Wrentham and a 90-person promotional party in Cohasset.
Baker said current state guidelines limit house rallies 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 those rallies.
“Things are obviously different because of the virus, but there is a responsible way to get together,” Baker told a news conference Friday. “People must do their part to protect their friends, their families, their neighbors and their communities.”
Contributed by Travis Andersen from Globe staff.
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