Massachusetts reported 718 new confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, while the seven-day average dipped to 900 from 1,005 the day before.
The Department of Public Health also reported that the high-stakes campaign to vaccinate people got another 56,515 shots into people’s arms.
The new confirmed coronavirus cases brought the total number in the state during the pandemic to 648,967.
The department also reported 5 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 17,293.
The state continues to struggle with the coronavirus more than a year after it arrived, but recent data suggests that progress is being made, thanks to vaccinations. Officials are urging people to get their shots to protect themselves and others - and enable a return to normal life.
The DPH said 22,248 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 516 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.
The DPH also reported that 36,039 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 21.5 million. New antigen tests were completed for 5,633 people, bringing that total to 1,205,169.
The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 1.60 percent.
The department said the rate would be 2.74 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 new vaccinations reported brought the total so far to 6,313,251.
The number of new vaccinations was greater than on Monday, when 33,643 were reported. But a recent decline in demand for shots has been causing concern.
The total number of shots administered amounted to about 85.8 percent of the 7,359,870 doses shipped to providers in the state so far.
The total shots administered included 3,652,173 first shots and 2,449,315 second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer two-dose vaccines. It also included 211,763 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 2,661,078.
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