Health officials on Tuesday reported 366 new coronavirus cases as infections rose to the state’s highest level in nearly two months.
The 366 COVID cases are the first single-day infection tally that has crossed 300 cases since May 26.
After coronavirus restrictions were lifted in late May, cases fell to record-low levels amid vaccine rollouts. But since early July, the number of infections has been rising as the more contagious Delta variant circulates to the Gulf state and country.
The seven-day average cases now stand at 218 daily cases, more than triple the 64 daily cases reported at the end of June. 64 daily cases were a record low for the pandemic.
Six more COVID deaths were reported on Tuesday, taking the total death toll in the state to 18,033.
The seven-day average of deaths now stands at 1.9, slightly above last week’s record low of 1.0.
The average percentage of positivity has jumped amid the rise in cases. The seven-day average of percentage positivity is now 1.18%, almost quadruple the pandemic low of 0.31% last month.
There are now 100 COVID patients in Massachusetts hospitals, six fewer than a total of 106 patients on Monday. The hospital had a record low of 80 patients on July 4. There are now 33 patients in intensive care units, and 18 patients intubated.
The daily average of 106 patients is up from the pandemic’s lowest of 85 patients two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, according to Tuesday’s vaccine report, a total of about 8.8 million vaccine doses have been given in the state, and more than 4.3 million people have now been fully vaccinated. Last month, the state achieved its target of fully vaccinating 4.1 million people.
Overall, the administered dose breaks down to about 4.5 million people who received a single dose of Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine; more than 4 million people who have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna; and 284,003 people who have received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine.