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Mass. reports 4,509 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 81 new deaths

Worcester residents Patrick Jones and Kim Stone, left, performed a self-administered COVID-19 test while receiving instructions from Aykanna Smith at a "Stop the Spread" testing location at the Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.
Worcester residents Patrick Jones and Kim Stone, left, performed a self-administered COVID-19 test while receiving instructions from Aykanna Smith at a "Stop the Spread" testing location at the Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts rose by 4,509 Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 322,652.

The death toll from confirmed cases increased by 81 to 11,630, the Department of Public Health reported.

The agency also said 81,112 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 2,066 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The public health department also reported that 97,655 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 10.3 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 3,821 people, bringing that total to 331,189.

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The state also reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 5.9 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 7.34 percent if the effect of college testing programs — in which asymptomatic people can be tested repeatedly in an effort to rapidly identify new cases — is factored out.

The seven-day average of hospitalized coronavirus patients rose from 1,938 to 1,950. The lowest that metric has been is 155.

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


Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.