Average Positive Coronavirus Test Rate Remains Low In Massachusetts

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has reported another 224 cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 108,667.

Middlesex County has reported the highest number of cases in the state, with close to 24,000 cases so far. Suffolk County has reported nearly 20,000 cases, and Essex County has reported just over 16,000.

The state DPH also attributed another 19 deaths to coronavirus on Sunday, upping the COVID-death toll in Massachusetts to 8,060.

More than 62 percent of those deaths were people over 80 years of age. Around 32 percent were people in their 60's and 70's, and just over five percent of the deaths were people under 60 years of age.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of the virus, and more than 125,000 COVID-related deaths across the nation, since March.

The seven-day weighted average rate of positive molecular COVID-19 tests in Massachusetts has dropped by around 93 percent over the past month, according to the DPH.

The Commonwealth's gradually decreasing daily rate of COVID-19 cases stands in stark contrast to several other U.S. states, which are currently experiencing record-breaking high daily case numbers, including Texas, Arizona, and Florida.

Last week, Robert Redfield, the Director of the CDC, said in certain regions, the number of U.S. residents who have been infected with the coronavirus is probably 10 times higher than the official CDC count.

"Our best estimate right now is that for every case that's reported, there actually are 10 other infections," Redfield told reporters.

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