Massachusetts on Thursday reported 791 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 13 deaths in the last week.
The state also reported that 161 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19. The seven-day percent positivity was 3.46 percent.
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 state has also adjusted its reporting on COVID vaccination doses, as of the April 5. 2023 weekly COVID-19 vaccination report. Massachusetts previously reported on the number of individuals who: were fully vaccinated, had received one booster, had received two boosters, and had received more than two boosters.
Now, the state’s vaccination reporting includes only individuals with first doses, those who have completed their “primary series” as defined by the CDC, and those who are “up to date” as defined by the CDC.
The Globe previously tracked the total number of doses administered each week on this page but no longer does, as of April 6, 2023, due to the state’s changes and the increasingly broad range of definitions for vaccination. Visit the Globe’s coronavirus vaccination tracker for more information about vaccine distribution.
The state Department of Public Health releases coronavirus case, death, and hospitalization data once per week, on Thursdays. It also releases vaccination data once per week, on Wednesdays. Below are charts based on recent reports that show how Massachusetts is doing in the battle against the coronavirus. The graphics take a state- and county-level view. You can find a town-by-town breakdown here.
The following derive from data included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s weekly coronavirus public health dashboard.
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