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2,274 confirmed cases, 39 deaths, and 72,088 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass.

Readying vaccines at the Hynes Convention Center last week.
Readying vaccines at the Hynes Convention Center last week.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 72,088 to 3,151,237, state officials reported Thursday.

The number of new vaccinations was greater than on Wednesday, when 62,563 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 84.2 percent of the 3,743,060 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 1,985,856 first shots and 1,087,118 second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer two-shot vaccines. It also included 78,263 shots of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot 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 1,165,381.

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Massachusetts is in the midst of a high-stakes campaign to vaccinate 4.1 million adults in an effort to bring an end to a pandemic that has wracked the state for more than a year.


The department also reported 2,274 new confirmed coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 586,298. The one-day total was the highest since early February.

The DPH reported 39 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 16,671.

The DPH said 28,078 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 631 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 111,753 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 18.3 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 2,532 people, bringing that total to 631,565.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 2.22 percent.

The department said the rate would be 3.9 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 32 of the state’s 351 cities and towns are considered high-risk for the virus, up from 20 communities last week and 14 the week before.

Communities removed from the high-risk category this week include Dighton, Douglas, Revere, Rutland, and Sterling.

Bellingham, Blackstone, Brewster, Dennis, Harwich, Haverhill, Lee, Lynn, Mashpee, Monson, New Bedford, North Attleborough, Palmer, Pembroke, Plainville, Sandwich, and Templeton moved into the high-risk category.

Local school officials in Massachusetts also reported to the state 682 new coronavirus cases among students and 228 among school staff members for the week that ended Wednesday. The combined total of new cases — 910 — was the highest weekly total since mid-to-late January.

Felicia Gans of the Globe staff and correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this story.


Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@globe.com. Peter Bailey-Wells can be reached at peter.bailey-wells@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @pbaileywells.