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968 confirmed cases, 3 deaths, and 79,162 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass.

Capturing the big moment. Evelyn Urbaez makes a selfie while receiving a dose of vaccine from Spc. Ismaela Rodriguez of the Massachusetts Army National Guard at the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center vaccine clinic at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge on Tuesday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe

Massachusetts reported 968 new confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the total for the pandemic to 633,675.

The Department of Public Health also reported 3 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 17,138.

Meanwhile, the high-stakes campaign to vaccinate people got another 79,162 shots into people’s arms.

The state remains in a struggle with the deadly virus 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 33,060 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 708 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.


The DPH also reported that 52,478 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 20.5 million. New antigen tests were completed for 5,345 people, bringing that total to 1.1 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 2.11 percent.

The DPH said the rate would be 3.66 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 state’s total to 5,209,620.

The number of new vaccinations Tuesday was greater than on Monday, when 50,856 were reported. Monday’s vaccination numbers tend to be the lowest of the week.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 87.6 percent of the 5,949,440 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the DPH said.

The total shots administered included 3,113,812 first shots and 1,892,492 second shots of the Pfizer and Moderna two-shot vaccines. It also included 203,316 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 2,095,808.

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