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1,857 confirmed cases, 27 deaths, and 62,532 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass.

Registered Nurse Stefanie Sampson prepared a dose of the vaccine at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Roxbury on Thursday.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 62,532 to 2,734,460, state officials reported Thursday.

The number of new vaccinations was slightly higher than on Wednesday, when 61,449 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to around 84.9 percent of the 3,221,320 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 1,737,411 first shots and 929,577 second shots of the two-dose vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.

The total also included 67,472 shots of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine.

The number of people fully vaccinated — with either two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson — rose to 997,049.

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Massachusetts is in the midst of a high-stakes campaign to vaccinate 4.1 million adults in an effort to protect people before new variants arrive — and bring an end to a pandemic that has wracked the state for a year.


The department, in a separate report, announced 1,857 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 574,135. The department also reported 27 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 16,426.

The DPH said 25,630 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 592 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 106,850 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 17.7 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 2,225 people, bringing that total to 608,159.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 1.93 percent.

The department said the rate would be 3.4 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.

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New data showed that 20 of the state’s 351 cities and towns are considered high-risk for the virus, up from 14 communities last week and 19 the week before.

Communities removed from the high-risk category this week include Blackstone, Ludlow, Plainville, Springfield, Westminster, and Weymouth.

Barnstable, Dighton, Hanson, Lancaster, Lowell, Methuen, Millis, Plymouth, Rutland, Southwick, West Bridgewater, and Yarmouth moved into the high-risk category.

State education officials also announced Thursday that local officials had reported 476 new coronavirus cases among students and 193 among staff members for the week that ended Wednesday. The combined total of new cases — 669 — was the highest weekly total since early February



Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@globe.com.