Massachusetts reported 2,912 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday. The data covered two days because the state did not issue a report on Easter Sunday.
The Department of Public Health, in a separate report Monday, announced that the high-stakes campaign to vaccinate people got another 37,376 shots into people’s arms.
The new confirmed coronavirus cases brought the total in the state during the pandemic to 607,967. The department also reported 43 new confirmed coronavirus deaths over the two-day period, bringing the state’s total to 16,981.
The state remains in a struggle with the coronavirus more than a year after it arrived. Experts say fast-spreading coronavirus variants, pandemic fatigue and spring fever, and loosened restrictions are threatening progress in ending the pandemic. Officials are urging people to not let their guard down, and to get their shots when they’re eligible.
The DPH said 35,167 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 707 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.
The DPH also reported that the total number of tests administered climbed to more than 19.2 million.
The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 2.36 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.
The DPH’s vaccination report said the new shots brought the total for Massachusetts to 3,941,555, state officials reported Monday.
The number of new vaccinations reported was smaller than in recent days. The numbers are typically lower on Mondays due to lower rates of vaccination and reporting on Sundays, the DPH said, noting that Sunday was also Easter Sunday and the last day of Passover.
The total number of shots administered amounted to about 85.3 percent of the 4,619,870 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.
The total shots administered included 2,449,751 first shots and 1,391,254 second shots of the two-shot Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. It also included 100,550 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 1,491,804.
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