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Mass. reports 149 new coronavirus cases, 17 new deaths; 2 key metrics stay stable, one ticks up slightly

A COVID-19 testing site in Cambridge, as pictured last week.
A COVID-19 testing site in Cambridge, as pictured last week.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

State officials reported Monday that the coronavirus death toll in Massachusetts had risen by 17 to 7,874 and that the number of people testing positive for the virus had climbed by 149 to 107,210, as key metrics monitored by the state lingered at low levels relative to the springtime surge.

The numbers, which were reported on the same day that several sectors of businesses were allowed to reopen, reflected both confirmed and probable deaths and cases. When confirmed cases only are included, the tally is 7,694 deaths and 102,469 cases.

The state reported 17 new confirmed-case deaths, and no new probable deaths. It also reported 136 new confirmed cases, plus 13 probable cases.

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The state also reported that 6,730 new individuals had been given the molecular coronavirus test, bringing the total to 775,322. The total number of molecular tests that have been administered rose to 975,415.

The state also reported that new antibody tests had also been completed for 326 people, bringing that total to 64,592.

Meanwhile, one of the four key metrics that the state is monitoring to determine the pace of reopening fell, while two stayed stable and one ticked up slightly.

The seven-day weighted average of positive test rates stayed stable for the third consecutive day at 1.9 percent on Sunday. It has dropped 93 percent since April 15.

The three-day average of the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus decreased on Sunday to 937 from 962 a day earlier. It has dropped 74 percent since April 15.

The number of hospitals using surge capacity stayed stable at two for the second consecutive day on Sunday — 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.

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Meanwhile, a fourth metric, the three-day average of COVID-19 deaths, rose slightly, from 22 on Thursday to 26 on Friday. However, that statistic has still dropped 83 percent since April 15.



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