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1,831 confirmed cases, 8 deaths, and 79,086 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass

Josette Alexis raised the sleeve of her 92-year-old mother, Anna Prevail, so she could get a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
Josette Alexis raised the sleeve of her 92-year-old mother, Anna Prevail, so she could get a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Massachusetts reported 1,831 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 79,086 new vaccinations Sunday.

The number of vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose to 4,501,629, state officials said. The new confirmed coronavirus cases brought the total number in the state during the pandemic to 619,885.

The department also reported eight new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 17,042.

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 could be behind a recent rise in cases. Officials are urging people to not let their guard down, while they try to vaccinate 4.1 million adults as quickly as possible.

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The DPH said 36,466 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 698 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 85,910 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 19.8 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 2,475 people, bringing that total to 683,187.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 2.20 percent.

The department said the rate would be 3.85 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 number of new vaccinations was smaller than on Saturday, when 105,458 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 86.5 percent of the 5,202,860 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 2,735,963 first shots and 1,594,878 second shots. Those who have gotten their second shot of the currently approved two-dose vaccines are considered fully vaccinated.

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The state reported a total of 170,788 people who have received Johnson & Johnson’s 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 1,765,666.

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


Lucas Phillips can be reached at lucas.phillips@globe.com.