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44 cases, 8 deaths, and 9,933 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass.

Otto Delcid was inoculated by nurse Nicole Colon with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Vaccination Center in the Mercantile Center in Worcester.
Otto Delcid was inoculated by nurse Nicole Colon with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Vaccination Center in the Mercantile Center in Worcester.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

Massachusetts reported 44 new confirmed coronavirus cases Monday, as the seven-day average dropped from 94 to 87.

The new cases brought the pandemic total to 662,855. The state also reported eight new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 17,584.

Another 9,933 coronavirus shots were administered, the Department of Public Health reported.

Experts and public officials say the protection from vaccinations is kicking in, and the pandemic is subsiding after more than a year of wracking the state.

The DPH said 2,636 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 138 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

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The DPH also reported that 13,113 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 23.3 million. New antigen tests were completed for 1,444 people, bringing that total to 1,374,399.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 0.42 percent.

The department said the rate would be 0.57 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 Monday was smaller than on Sunday, when 15,438 were reported. With millions already vaccinated, the state’s massive campaign is slowing down. Mondays also tend to see the lowest number of shots reported.

The total number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose to 8,281,433. The total shots administered amounted to around 87.8 percent of the 9,427,350 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 4,310,989 first shots and 3,706,105 second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer two-shot vaccines. It also included 264,339 shots of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine.

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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 3,970,444.


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