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71 confirmed cases, 3 deaths, and 25,469 vaccinations: See today’s new COVID-19 data from Mass.

A vaccine recipient pins herself after receiving the last COVID-19 vaccination at Gillette Stadium.
A vaccine recipient pins herself after receiving the last COVID-19 vaccination at Gillette Stadium.Christiana Botic for The Boston Globe

Massachusetts reported 71 new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, as the seven-day average dropped to 65 from 72 the day before.

The new cases brought the pandemic total to 663,119. The state also reported 3 new deaths, bringing the total to 17,596.

Another 25,469 coronavirus vaccinations were administered, the Department of Public Health reported.

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

The DPH said 2,000 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 110 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

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The DPH also reported that 39,962 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 23.52 million. New antigen tests were completed for 2,926 people, bringing that total to 1,388,924.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 0.37 percent.

The department said the rate would be 0.50 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 shots reported Friday was greater than on Thursday, when 22,918 were reported. The new shots brought the total administered to 8,407,957.

The total number of shots administered amounted to around 88.7 percent of the 9,480,230 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 4,348,813 first shots and 3,790,947 second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer two-shot vaccines. It also included 268,197 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 4,059,144.

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.