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Mass. reports 3,760 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 41 new deaths Monday

Health care workers administered COVID-19 tests at a coronavirus testing site in Chelsea Square earlier this month.
Health care workers administered COVID-19 tests at a coronavirus testing site in Chelsea Square earlier this month.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

State officials reported 3,760 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the total number in Massachusetts to 314,850. The confirmed death toll grew to 11,506, including 41 newly reported deaths.

The state Department of Public Health also reported that 84,368 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, while 1,991 confirmed coronavirus patients were in hospitals. The state also reported that 410 people with coronavirus are currently in hospital intensive care units, and 215 are currently intubated.

The state updated its daily COVID-19 dashboard as the first shots of a new vaccine developed by Cambridge-based Moderna were administered Monday to health care workers in the city.

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Meanwhile, Governor Charlie Baker continued to urge residents to celebrate the holidays only with the people living inside their home in an effort to slow the second surge of the virus that is sweeping through the state.

As of Monday, 61,067 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus, the state reported. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 10.2 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 1,068 people, bringing that total to 322,335.

The state also reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, fell just under 6 percent. The lowest observed figure for that metric — a number watched closely by state officials — is 0.8 percent.

The state said the rate would be 7.6 percent if the effect of college testing programs — in which asymptomatic people can be tested repeatedly in an effort to rapidly identify new cases — were factored out.

The seven-day average of hospitalized coronavirus patients rose from 1,882 to 1,895. The lowest that metric has been is 155. The number of daily confirmed hospitalizations has been climbing since October, according to the state’s data, and the rate of daily hospitalizations has grown steeper in the weeks since Thanksgiving.

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The state reported that 84 percent of ICU beds in Boston are occupied, and 72 percent are occupied statewide. The state also reported that more than 80 percent of non-ICU hospital beds were occupied.

To take a deeper dive into the state’s coronavirus statistics click here.

John Hilliard of the Globe staff contributed to this report.


Nick Stoico can be reached at nick.stoico@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickStoico.