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Mass. reports 266 new coronavirus cases, 69 new deaths as key metrics continue to fall

A testing area, as pictured June 8.
A testing area, as pictured June 8.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

State officials reported Wednesday that the coronavirus death toll in Massachusetts had risen by 69 to 7,734 and that the number of people testing positive for the virus had climbed by 266 to 106,151, as key metrics monitored by the state continued to indicate progress in the battle against the outbreak.

The numbers reflected both confirmed and probable deaths and cases. When confirmed cases only are included, the tally is 7,568 deaths and 101,654 cases.

The state reported 60 new confirmed-case deaths, and nine new probable deaths. It also reported 180 new confirmed cases, plus 86 probable cases.

The state also reported that 8,313 new individuals had been given the molecular coronavirus test, bringing the total to 727,549. The total number of molecular tests that have been administered — a statistic the state began reporting Monday — rose to 914,751.

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The state also reported that new antibody tests had also been completed for 1,145 people, bringing that total to 59,940.

Meanwhile, three of the four key metrics that the state is monitoring to determine the pace of reopening fell, while one stayed stable.

The seven-day weighted average of positive test rates showed a slight decrease to 2.4 percent on Tuesday, down from 2.6 percent a day earlier. It has dropped 92 percent since April 15.

The three-day average of the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus decreased on Tuesday to 1,023 from 1,037 a day earlier. It has dropped 71 percent since April 15.

The number of hospitals using surge capacity stayed stable at 2 for the second day on Tuesday — a statistic that is still down from a high of 21 in early May and that has seen a 90 percent decrease since April 15.

A fourth metric, the three-day average of COVID-19 deaths, also fell from 30 on Saturday to 27 on Sunday. It has dropped 82 percent since April 15.

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The state’s weekly release of town-by-town COVID-19 data illustrates the overall slowing of cases, even in the hardest hit communities. Chelsea, long the site of the highest rates of infection in the state, added only 46 new cases over the course of the last week. Its rate of cases, 7,660 per 100,000 people, ticked up only slightly.

The local data continued to show that the virus’s impact has been felt most deeply in communities with high concentrations of poverty and large populations of people of color: Brockton, Lawrence, Everett, and Lynn.

Boston’s 13,783 cases were by far the most in the state, though the city’s rate of infection — not quite 2,000 people per 100,000 — was barely in the 20 highest statewide.

Earlier Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker said that Tuesday’s numbers showed “progress” that was “obviously encouraging” and “shows that we continue to move in the right direction.”







Nestor Ramos of the Globe staff contributed to this report.


Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jaclyn.reiss@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JaclynReiss