Massachusetts reported 1,236 new confirmed coronavirus cases Monday, which brought the total for the pandemic to 632,707.
The state also reported 18 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 17,135.
At the same time, the state’s high-stakes campaign to vaccinate people to protect them from the virus got another 50,856 shots into people’s arms, the Department of Public Health reported.
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 and to get vaccinated. As of Monday, everyone in the state 16 and older is eligible.
The DPH said 34,675 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 705 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.
The DPH also reported that 38,921 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 20.4 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 1,274 people, bringing that total to 705,940.
The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 2.04 percent.
The department said the rate would be 3.49 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 coronavirus vaccinations reported brought the total so far to 5,130,458, the DPH said.
The number of new vaccinations was smaller than on Sunday, when 69,990 were reported. Vaccination numbers are typically the lowest on Mondays due to less vaccine administration and less reporting on Sundays, state officials say.
The total number of shots administered amounted to 86.8 percent of the 5,911,620 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the DPH said.
The total shots administered included 3,070,971 first shots and 1,857,543 second shots of the two-shot vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer. It also included 201,944 shots of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson 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 2,059,487. That means the state has passed the halfway mark of its goal of vaccinating 4.1 million people, which state officials say will create herd immunity.
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