Massachusetts on Wednesday reported 1,890 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 14 deaths in the week from Nov. 12-Nov. 18. The state released data one day earlier than usual — weekly reports usually are released on Thursday — due to Thanksgiving.
The state also reported that 2.0 percent of all total hospitalizations during that timeframe in Massachusetts were related to COVID-19, meaning about 300 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, and that the seven-day percent positivity was 7.07 percent.
On Thursday, Oct. 5, the state released its new respiratory illness dashboard, combining COVID-19 data with data on flu and RSV.
As of April 1, 2023, the state has changed its classification of COVID-19 deaths. Deaths recorded before that date were classified as COVID-19 deaths if a person had COVID listed as a cause of death on their death certificate or if a person had a COVID diagnosis within 30 days even if they did not have COVID listed as a cause of death on their death certificate.
All deaths recorded after April 1, 2023, must have COVID-19 listed as a cause of death on a death certificate to be classified by the state as a COVID-19 death.
The following derive from data included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s weekly coronavirus public health dashboard.
As of Oct. 5, the Mass. Department of Public Health no longer reports COVID-19 infections and deaths by day. DPH also changed its reporting of hospitalizations to record hospital admissions for COVID-19 as a percentage of all hospital visits. Below are historical charts, which are no longer being updated.
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