The death toll from confirmed cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts rose by 14 to 8,389, state officials reported Friday, and the number of confirmed cases rose by 387, bringing the total to 109,787.
It was the third day in a row that new coronavirus cases topped 300. But the Department of Public Health said on Friday that the case count was higher due to a backlog in the reporting of positive tests.
“The number of new cases reported today appears to be higher due to delays in reporting test results to DPH from several laboratories, including large national commercial laboratories. However, these positive test results have been assigned retrospectively to the appropriate test date, “said a spokesman for the Public Health spokesman on Friday.
The state Department of Public Health on Friday reported 1
State officials said 19,151 more people had been tested for coronavirus by Friday, bringing the total number of individuals tested to 1,180,605. The total number of tests administered increased to 1,535,835.
The state reported that new antibody trials had been conducted for 963 people, bringing the total amount to 96,180.
Key metrics that the state sees for its phases of the reopening plan still hovered well below the numbers reported during the spring.
The seven-day weighted average of positive tests rose to 2.1 percent per. Thursday. This is the first time that the figure has exceeded 2 percent since mid-June. But the current number represents a 93 percent drop from mid-April highs.
The three-day average of hospitalized coronavirus patients fell to 368 from Thursday, down from 374 the day before, a 90 percent drop since mid-April.
The number of hospitals using surge capacity dropped to three from Thursday, a drop of 86 percent since mid-April.
Finally, the three-day average of deaths from confirmed coronavirus cases dropped to 13 per day. Tuesday, down from 14 the day before. That’s a 92 percent drop from mid-April.
Friday’s numbers were released when Governor Charlie Baker urged Massachusetts residents not to fail at social distance and masking, acknowledging that case numbers are rising. He specifically cited a number of large gatherings that have opened the door to outbreaks, including a recent lifeguard party in Falmouth, a house party in Chatham, an unauthorized football camp in Weymouth, a Chelmsford party, a Wrentham gathering and a 90-person prom party in Cohasset.
Baker said the state’s current guidelines limit indoor gatherings to a maximum of 25 people. He said that if the number gets worse, he would have to consider a number of options, including reducing the size of those gatherings.
“Things are definitely different because of the virus, but there is a responsible way to get together,” Baker told a news conference Friday. “People need to do their part to protect their friends, their families, their neighbors and their communities.”
Travis Andersen from the Globe staff contributed.
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