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Mass reports 1,516 confirmed cases, 41 deaths, and 48,640 vaccinations Saturday

Gerard F. Cody set up a sign for the Randolph Board of Health's drive-through COVID vaccine clinic at the Randolph Community Center parking lot Wednesday.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 48,640 to 1,671,193, state officials reported Saturday.

The number of new vaccinations was smaller than on Friday, when 56,252 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 81.6 percent of the 2,047,960 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 1,166,889 first shots and 504,304 second shots. Those who have gotten their second shot of the currently approved two-dose vaccines are considered fully vaccinated.

Updates on coronavirus cases, deaths and other metrics will be posted shortly.

The department, in a separate report, reported 1,516 new confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 548,874. The department also reported 41 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 15,744.

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The DPH said 30,111 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 785 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 108,261 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 16.1 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 3,025 people, bringing that total to 557,826.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 1.8 percent.

The department said the rate would be 3 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 state’s alarming second surge appears to be on the wane. Cases and other metrics have been generally heading downward. But public officials are concerned about a possible resurgence due to new coronavirus variants, and they’re asking people to continue taking precautions and to get vaccinated when it’s their turn.

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


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.