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1,884 confirmed cases, 5 deaths, and 95,048 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass.

A coronavirus vaccination was administered this week at the Lowell General Hospital mass vaccination site at the Cross River Center.
A coronavirus vaccination was administered this week at the Lowell General Hospital mass vaccination site at the Cross River Center.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

Massachusetts reported 1,884 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday, while the seven-day average edged down to 1,827 from 1,834 the day before.

The Department of Public Health also reported that another 95,048 shots of coronavirus vaccine had been administered.

The new confirmed coronavirus cases brought the total number in the state during the pandemic to 626,550.

The department also reported 5 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 17,087.

The state remains in a struggle with the coronavirus more than a year after it arrived. Officials are urging people to not let their guard down, while they try to vaccinate the population as quickly as possible.


The DPH said 35,478 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 710 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 101,521 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 20.1 million. New antigen tests were completed for 3,642 people, bringing that total to 694,687.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 2.3 percent.

The department said the rate would be 4.09 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.

New data showed that 59 of the state’s 351 cities and towns are considered high-risk for the virus, down from 77 communities last week but higher than the 55 that were in the red zone the week before.

Communities that dropped out of the high-risk category this week included Abington, Athol, Billerica, Blackstone, Carver, Chatham, East Longmeadow, Everett, Framingham, Granby, Halifax, Hampden, Hopedale, Hull, Lakeville, Mansfield, Palmer, Peabody, Raynham, Sandwich, Southampton, Southborough, Ware, Wenham, and Winchendon


Avon, Harwich, Haverhill, Lee, Southwick, Sterling, and Templeton were added to the list.

Thursday’s tally of new vaccinations was greater than Wednesday’s, when 92,459 were reported. The total number of shots administered rose to 4,834,646.

The total number of shots administered amounted to around 85.8 percent of the 5,631,560 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 2,917,816 first shots and 1,716,407 second shots of the Pfizer and Moderna two-dose vaccines. It also included 200,423 shots of the Johnson & Johnson 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 1,916,830.

Peter Bailey-Wells of the Globe staff and correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report.

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