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Massachusetts reported 1,370 new confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, while the seven-day average dropped to 1,483 from 1,573 the day before.

The Department of Public Health also reported that the high-stakes campaign to vaccinate people got another 93,385 shots into people’s arms.

The new confirmed coronavirus cases brought the total number in the state during the pandemic to 635,045.

The department also reported 13 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 17,151.

The state remains in a struggle with the coronavirus more than a year after it arrived. Officials are trying to vaccinate the population as quickly as possible, and asking people not to let their guard down in the meantime.


The DPH said 32,134 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 686 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 77,068 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 20.5 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 6,874 people, bringing that total to 1,139,180.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 2.14 percent.

The department said the rate would be 3.75 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 brought the total administered so far to 5,303,005.

The number of new vaccinations was greater than on Tuesday, when 79,162 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 84.6 percent of the 6,270,220 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the DPH said.

The total shots administered included 3,166,870 first shots and 1,932,608 second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer two-shot vaccines. It also included 203,527 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 2,136,135.

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

Peter Bailey-Wells of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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