September 19, 2021

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The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts among confirmed cases climbed by 25 to 8,053, the state reported Thursday. The number of confirmed cases climbed by 177, bringing the total to 105,138, as key metrics the state is using to monitor the reopening remained generally steady.

The state also reported no new probable-case deaths, with that total remaining at 215, and an additional 118 probable cases for a total of 5,759.

On Thursday, the state also reported that 9,648 new individuals had been given the coronavirus test, bringing the total of individuals tested to 920,002. The total number of tests administered climbed to 1,171,180. And the state reported that new antibody tests had been completed for 1,267 people, bringing that total to 78,417.

Two of the key metrics the state is monitoring as it allows businesses to reopen ticked upward, while one dropped and one remained steady.

The seven-day weighted average of positive tests stayed stable at 1.9 percent for the fourth consecutive day Wednesday. That metric has hovered between 1.8 percent and 2 percent since June 18. The current number represents a 93 percent drop from mid-April highs.

The three-day average of hospitalized coronavirus patients climbed slightly to 639 as of Wednesday, up from 629 the day before, but an 82 percent drop since mid-April.

The number of hospitals using surge capacity dropped slightly, from five on Tuesday to four on Wednesday, and has fallen 81 percent since April 15.

The three-day average of deaths from confirmed coronavirus cases ticked up slightly to 19 as of Monday — still an 88 percent decrease from mid-April.

Other states around the country continued to grapple with outbreaks.

In Florida, health officials reported 120 new deaths from the coronavirus, the highest one-day increase amid a surge in new infections. (The last highest, 113, and was reported in early May.) The state also reported its biggest 24-hour increase in hospitalizations, with more than 400 patients admitted.

Meanwhile, Arizona’s death toll topped 2,000 as state health officials reported new highs for hospitalizations and use of ventilators. Arizona has emerged as a national hotspot since Republican Governor Doug Ducey loosened stay-home restrictions in mid-May. The state had a record 3,437 patients hospitalized Wednesday, with a record 575 on ventilators. The 861 patients in ICU beds and the 1,980 emergency room visits for the virus were just short of records set this week.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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