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Massachusetts reports 2,567 new COVID cases, 45 deaths; Rate of new cases slows just as new strain is detected – MassLive.com

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Jan 20, 2021

State health officials confirmed another 2,567 COVID cases on Tuesday, bringing the number of active statewide cases to 93,300.

Officials also announced another 45 COVID-related fatalities, for a total now of 13,469 deaths since the pandemic began.

The seven-day average of positive tests is currently 5.94%. There are now 2,213 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, including 432 patients in intensive care, 277 of whom are intubated.

Following a post-holiday surge, the state has seen the weekly number of new COVID cases fall after three weeks of steep increases. The pandemic peak for Massachusetts occurred the week of Jan. 2 with 42,495 new cases. By comparison, last week’s number of new cases is at 30,186. The drop comes, however, two days after health officials confirmed the first case of the highly contagious COVID variant, which has been spreading in the United Kingdom, in Massachusetts. The person who tested positive for the new strain is a Boston woman in her 20s who became ill after traveling to the U.K., DPH officials said Sunday.

COVID deaths in the state have also leveled off after 11 weeks of increases, although they still remain relatively high and on a weekly basis are about 50% higher than they were the week before Thanksgiving.

There have now been 454,102 total cases of coronavirus confirmed in Massachusetts since the pandemic began.

The latest numbers come as Gov. Charlie Baker announced the state will be expanding its COVID vaccine rollout to include more of the shots at CVS Health and Walgreens pharmacies across the state.

As part of that expansion, Baker also confirmed that Fenway Park will become the state’s second mass vaccination site after announcing Gillette Stadium last week.

Fifteen CVS and Walgreens stores across Massachusetts will be getting 10,000 doses of vaccine this week, officials said. Those stores are located in Greenfield, Fall River, Salem, South Yarmouth, Pittsfield, Lee, Holden, Gardner, Hyannis, Mashpee, Somerset, Fairhaven, Haverhill, Saugus and Danvers.

Nearly 40 vaccination sites will be added next week through those pharmacies and additional partners, including Wegmans, Big Y, Price Chopper, Stop & Shop and Hannaford, officials said.

Total COVID cases by county:

Barnstable County: 7,499

Berkshire County: 4,081

Bristol County: 45,439

Dukes County: 676

Essex County: 71,834

Franklin County: 1,615

Hampden County: 33,547

Hampshire County: 5,081

Middlesex County: 93,861

Nantucket County: 990

Norfolk County: 35,740

Plymouth County: 32,246

Suffolk County: 66,066

Worcester County: 54,092

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