The coronavirus group in Provincetown is still growing as more than 800 people have now tested positive for the virus and four more people have been admitted to hospital.
Meanwhile, health officials in Massachusetts have reported 598 new cases of COVID as infections continue to increase amid the more contagious delta variant.
In Provincetown, a total of 833 confirmed cases have now been linked to the group since the fourth weekend of July. That’s an increase of 68 infections compared to Tuesday’s report. Most cases were people who were fully vaccinated.
Of the 833 cases, 501 are Massachusetts residents, 210 of whom live in Provincetown. The remaining people live in other states.
Seven hospitalizations are also closely linked to the group, an increase of four hospitalizations since Tuesday’s report. No deaths were reported.
The test positivity rate has improved since the outbreak began, from a high of 15% on July 15 to a new low of 5.9% on Tuesday. The group led to city officials recently voting for a mandate for indoor masks.
After state health officials reported the 598 new cases on Wednesday, the average of seven days of daily cases is now 408, which is more than six times the 64 daily cases at the end of June.
The average percentage of positivity has risen from the record low of 0.31% last month to now 1.87%.
After six new virus deaths on Wednesday, the total recorded death rate of the state is now 18,071. The average of seven days of deaths is now 3.3, compared to the record low of 1.3 two weeks ago.
There are now 163 COVID patients in hospitals across the state, which is an increase of 11 patients since Tuesday’s report.
Hospitalizations have increased over the past few weeks as cases in the state increase. The 163 patients are now more than double the record low of 80 patients on 4 July.
There are now 36 patients in intensive care units, and 14 patients have been incubated.