Coronavirus in Massachusetts: 8,729 deaths, 116,770 COVID-19 cases total

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Credit: Mass. DPH

BOSTON (WWLP) – State public health officials on Tuesday reported 349 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, bringing the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 116,770.

There are 12 new deaths reported for a total of 8,729 confirmed death cases.

According to the Department of Public Health, 22,774 new tests were performed with a total of 1,604,752 individuals who have been tested by molecular tests with an overall of 2,157,864 molecular tests administered.

Antibody Tests: A total of 397 new individuals have been tested positive with 109,535 total tests reported.

Antigen Tests: A total of 2,231 new individuals have been tested positive with 79,979 total tests reported.

327 patients that are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 with 61 patients that are in intensive care units.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases:

  • New Cases: 349
  • Total Cases: 116,770
  • New Deaths: 12
  • Total Deaths: 8,729

Coronavirus cases by county:

  • Barnstable: 1,591
  • Berkshire: 645
  • Bristol: 8,972
  • Dukes: 54
  • Essex: 17,707
  • Franklin: 382
  • Hampden: 7,555
  • Hampshire: 1,135
  • Middlesex: 24,890
  • Nantucket: 38
  • Norfolk: 9,406
  • Plymouth: 8,975
  • Suffolk: 21,855
  • Unknown: 308
  • Worcester: 13,257

Coronavirus deaths by county:

  • Barnstable: 164
  • Berkshire: 46
  • Bristol: 652
  • Dukes and Nantucket: 1
  • Essex: 1,222
  • Franklin: 61
  • Hampden: 739
  • Hampshire: 135
  • Middlesex: 2,054
  • Norfolk: 1,006
  • Plymouth: 737
  • Suffolk: 1,097
  • Unknown: 5
  • Worcester: 1,042

COVID-19 Cases in Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Residents/Healthcare workers with probable or confirmed COVID-19: 24,574
  • Facilities reporting at least one probable or confirmed case of COVID-19: 379
  • Probable or confirmed COVID-19 deaths: 5,735

COVID Patient Census by Hospital

Data provided the day before by hospitals to DPH. Total patients of suspected and confirmed cases (including ICU)

Berkshire County:

  • Berkshire Medical Center: 0
  • Fairview Hospital: 0

Franklin County:

  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center: 0

Hampden County:

  • Baystate Medical Center: 21 patients, 2 ICU
  • Baystate Noble Hospital: 2 patients
  • Baystate Wing Hospital: 1 patient
  • Holyoke Hospital: 5 patients, 0 ICU
  • Mercy Medical Center: 5 patients, 1 ICU

Hampshire County:

  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital: 6 patients, 3 ICU

You can get more details about the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth here.


COVID-19 Molecular Test: Also known as a PCR test. This diagnostic test identifies the presence of virus’s genetic material. These tests are very accurate and a positive result means someone has current or very recent infection.

COVID-19 Antigen Test: This test identifies the presence of proteins on the surface of the virus. These diagnostic tests are somewhat less accurate (i.e., low sensitivity) than molecular tests but a positive result is suggestive of current infection.

COVID-19 Antibody Test: Also known as a serology test. This test identifies antibodies; antibodies are the proteins produced by the immune system to fight off an infection. Because antibodies take days to weeks to make after infection, a positive result indicates infection at some point in the past. It is not a diagnostic test.

Testing by Date: This refers to the date the sample (usually nasal swab or blood) was taken. Most reports and figures in this dashboard use this date.

Total Tests: This represents the total number of tests done and includes people who have had multiple tests.

Persons Tested: This represents the total number of persons who had at least one test done. If a person had more than one test, they are still counted only once.

Case Definition: A standard set of criteria (including symptoms, laboratory tests and exposure) used to count persons who may have COVID-19. Case definitions tell public health professionals which people with disease to count; they don’t tell healthcare providers how to diagnose or treat COVID.

Confirmed Case: A person is counted as a confirmed case of COVID-19 if they have a positive molecular test.

Probable Case: A person is counted as a probable case in four ways:

  1. if they have a positive antigen test AND have symptoms OR were exposed to someone with COVID;
  2. if they have a positive antibody test AND have symptoms OR were exposed to someone with COVID;
  3. if they have COVID symptoms AND were exposed to someone with COVID;
  4. if they died and their death certificate lists COVID as a cause of death.

More complete information about the COVID-19 case definition may be found here: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.cste.org/resource/resmgr/ps/positionstatement2020/Interim-20-ID-02_COVID-19-19.pdf

Suspected Hospitalized Cases: Patients without a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis but who, as determined by the hospital, have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 (most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness, such as cough, shortness of breath, or myalgia/fatigue).

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