The Massachusetts Department of Health reported 26 new deaths due to COVID-19 on Saturday, along with 569 new confirmed cases of the virus.
The latest information from the Department of Public Health leads to the number of deaths caused by coronavirus amounting to 9,085, with a total of 125,139 confirmed cases.
The three-day average of confirmed COVID-1
The latest information came after many schools in Massachusetts were reopened for the first time since the pandemic hit in the spring and struggled with the challenges of resuming education during the pandemic.
Few districts have opened their buildings full-time, despite calls from Governor Charlie Baker and other government officials pointing to public health data that support personal learning.
Instead, many districts begin the distance school year, such as Boston, or offer a mix of remote and hybrid schedules to get some students back to buildings, including Newton.
Meanwhile, colleges and universities in Massachusetts are battling cases of coronavirus among students, including at Boston College, where the state will take over contact tracing after an outbreak there.
More than 2 million people have received molecular tests for the virus, including 21,298 new people tested as of Saturday, the state reported.
The seven-day weighted average positive rate for molecular testing was 0.8 percent on Friday, and that average has remained stable since Wednesday.
The state also reported that 299 new people have received antibody tests, a total of 118,069 people tested as of Saturday.
Four hospitals used surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients as of Friday, according to the state, slightly down from the five reported a day earlier.
The three-day average number of hospitalized patients with coronavirus has risen, according to government data, reaching 359 as of Friday, up from 356 on Thursday.
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