Massachusetts health officials reported another 29 deaths from coronaviruses on Wednesday, bringing the number of deaths nationwide to 8,360.
Officials also confirmed another 356 cases of the virus, reducing the total number of cases nationwide to at least 109,096. This follows 15,556 new molecular tests reported Wednesday, according to the health ministry.
The number of new cases has risen since yesterday, but health officials noted that due to a technical error in the management of a group of hospitals, there was a delay in reporting the results of the VAT provider̵7;s laboratory tests.
“These newly announced test results have been included in today’s dashboard report and are reflected in today’s case totals,” officials said. “However, these positive test results have been reassigned to the relevant test date.”
Currently, 390 people are hospitalized for the virus.
The latest figures come as cases in some hard-hit states, such as Florida, California, Texas and Arizona, which have begun to recede and even decline, according to the New York Times. However, in some places, especially in Arizona, Texas and South Carolina, there was the largest increase in newly reported deaths.
The seven-day average of new cases in the United States is 65,218 since Tuesday, the Times writes. There are currently more than 4.3 million cases of the virus and approximately 150,340 deaths in the United States.
The rate of infection in Massachusetts has increased slightly in recent weeks, which officials say is the result of several “small clusters” of cases related to recent rallies, Charlie Baker said on Monday. The rate of positive tests increased from about 1.7% to about 2%, Baker said.
Baystate Health reported on Monday the outbreak of new infections at Baystate Medical Center, which affected 23 employees and 13 patients. President and CEO of Baystate Health Dr. Mark Keroack said the outbreak could be traced back to a single employee who returned to work after visiting a state identified as a new viral spot.
There was also an outbreak in Chatham, Cape Cod, after at least 10 people who attended a home party on 12 July were positive for the coronavirus. Cape officials announced on Sunday that they would offer pop-testing for anyone who attended the party or is in close contact with someone who was there.
On Tuesday, the home of Soldiers’ Holyoke, which was the site of one of the deadliest coronavirus outbreaks since the start of the pandemic, said it would suspend visits after residents of the facility, who had recovered from the COVID-19 virus, were positive again.
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Here are the cases by region:
Barnstable County: 1,731
Berkshire County: 648
Bristol County: 8,987
Dukes County: 65
Essex County: 17,119
Franklin District: 397
Hampden County: 7,353
Hampshire County: 1,102
Middlesex County: 25,535
Nantucket County: 33
Norfolk County: 10,103
Plymouth County: 9,043
Suffolk District: 21,030
Worcester County: 13,204
Unknown location: 334