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56 cases, 4 deaths, and 30,157 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass.

Maria Morataya received her second COVID-19 vaccination at Gillette Stadium.
Maria Morataya received her second COVID-19 vaccination at Gillette Stadium.Christiana Botic for The Boston Globe

Massachusetts reported 56 new confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, as the seven-day average dropped to 72 from 81 the day before.

The new cases brought the pandemic total to 662,966. The state also reported 4 new coronavirus deaths, which brought the total to 17,590.

Another 30,157 vaccinations were reported by the Department of Public Health.

The state is a national leader in vaccinations. Millions have gotten shots, and experts and public officials say they’re protecting people. Key coronavirus metrics have fallen to levels not seen since the early days of the pandemic.

The DPH said 2,251 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 115 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.


The DPH also reported that 37,635 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 23.44 million. New antigen tests were completed for 3,475 people, bringing that total to 1,382,622.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 0.41 percent.

The department said the rate would be 0.54 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 was smaller than on Tuesday, when 47,980 were reported. The new vaccinations brought the total to 8,359,570.

The total number of shots administered amounted to around 88.6 percent of the 9,439,790 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 4,334,121 first shots and 3,759,011 second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer two-shot vaccines. It also included 266,438 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 4,025,449.


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.