Massachusetts reported 116 new confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the pandemic total to 662,459.
The state also reported 5 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the tragic toll to 17,559.
Another 30,550 coronavirus shots were administered, the Department of Public Health said.
Experts and officials say the protection from vaccinations is kicking in, and the pandemic appears to be subsiding after a year of wracking the state. Coronavirus metrics have fallen dramatically since the peak of the second surge early this year.
The DPH said 3,480 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 173 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.
The DPH also reported that 36,383 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 23.2 million. New antigen tests were completed for 3,456 people, bringing that total to 1,359,513.
The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 0.55 percent.
The department said the rate would be 0.77 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 vaccinations reported Wednesday was greater than on Tuesday, when 29,351 were reported. The new vaccinations brought the total to 8,175,485.
The total number of shots administered amounted to around 87.2 percent of the 9,374,630 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.
The total shots administered included 4,282,514 first shots and 3,632,666 second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer two-shot vaccines. It also included 260,305 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 3,892,971.
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