Public health officials announced another 15 new coronavirus deaths on Thursday, with the number of deaths in the country reaching 9,051 since the start of the pandemic.
Officials also confirmed another 419 cases of COVID-19, for a total of 124,139 in Massachusetts. This is based on 27,644 new molecular tests announced Thursday, according to the Ministry of Public Health.
There are currently 377 people hospitalized with COVID-1
Massachusetts is one of 27 states and U.S. territories where the number of new cases remains relatively low compared to other parts of the country, according to an analysis by the New York Times. Cases remain high in parts of the South and Midwest, including North Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin and Arkansas, among others.
As of Thursday, there are approximately 6,613,331 positive tests for COVID-19 in the United States, up 41,464 from Wednesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been approximately 196,277 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
On Wednesday, DPH raised the risk level for COVID to six communities to “high,” including Worcester, Nantucket, Plainville, Sogus, Tingsborough and Wrentham. A total of 17 cities and towns identified as high risk, including Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Lynnfield, Monson, New Bedford, Revere and Winthrop.
The state’s weekly public health report, which is updated every Wednesday, will now include statistics on tests, cases and positivity at colleges and universities across the country. Approximately 60 colleges and universities were included in this week’s report. As more colleges begin testing, the results will be added to the weekly report.
Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that positive test results from colleges and universities will be included in the daily count of cases and test data published by DPH.
As of August 15, there are approximately 500 positive coronavirus tests on the college campuses, based on approximately 500,000 total tests performed since then.
“This is a positive test rate, which is clearly well below the national average and shows that colleges, universities and students are doing their part to make sure they open safely,” Baker said.
These are the number of coronavirus cases in each county as of Thursday:
Barnstable County: 1,693
Bristol County: 9,657
Dukes County: 60
Essex County: 18,815
Franklin County: 398
Hampden County: 7,933
Middlesex County: 26,469
Nantucket County: 82
Norfolk County: 9,932
Plymouth County: 9,452
Suffolk County: 23,464
Worcester County: 13,969
Unknown location: 323