State adds 2,303 cases, 2 deaths

Massachusetts recorded 2,303 coronavirus cases on Friday as several metrics continued to rise — but sewage shows promise.

The 2,303 new cases are lower than the previous day’s mark of 2,528, although this is still a much higher rate than the post-omicron low which was only a few hundred in February before cases started to rise again. climb.

The state recorded two new deaths from COVID-19, according to Friday’s report from state health officials.

The state marked 13 deaths on Thursday. The rolling average of deaths has actually not increased at all in recent weeks, falling below five and remaining stable after the surge caused by the omicron variant.

The state has now had more than 1.6 million registered cases and 19,100 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The seven-day positive test rate is 4.56%, which has continued to rise.

Hospitalizations continue to rise, now at 398 – although only 112 of those people are in hospital specifically for coronavirus, with the rest for unrelated reasons but later tested positive for the disease.

The omicron BA.2 variant is spreading across the region and the BA.2.12.1 subvariant is gaining ground in New England. Boston-area COVID sewage data has been on the rise in recent weeks, though it declined at the end of this week, especially for the half of the region that includes that capital and the north.

The sewage data has proven to be a good leading indicator of surges and dips, so if monitoring over the next week shows any improvement, it would be a welcome sign that we may be able to move past this latest surge.

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