Massachusetts public health officials on Sunday reported 3,110 new cases of COVID-19 and 105 related deaths just as the U.S. death toll surpassed 350,000.
Sunday’s data, based on 44,831 new molecular tests, brings the number of estimated active cases to 79,261 across the state, according to the Department of Public Health. Throughout the pandemic, at least 371,097 Massachusetts residents have contracted COVID-19 and 12,341 have died.
The seven-day weighted average rate of positive test stands at 8.42%, up from a low of 0.8% in September. Excluding positive tests collected on college and university campuses, the state’s positivity is at 9.28%, according to DPH.
As of Sunday, at least 2,291 people are being treated in the hospital for COVID-19, including 416 in intensive care.
While government-recommended mitigations including mask-wearing, closures of businesses and offices and limitations on gatherings helped curb the spread earlier this year, many hospitals are now overwhelmed, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told ABC News.
“The deaths are real deaths,” Fauci said, countering President Donald Trump’s false claim Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inflated COVID-19 data. “I mean, all you need to do is to go out into the trenches, go to the hospitals, see what the health care workers are dealing with. They are under very stressed situations in many areas of the country, the hospital beds are stretched. People are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted right now.”
Fauci argued that until vaccines are more widely available, strict adherence to social distancing and avoiding travel were the key ways to blunt outbreaks.
As of Thursday, Massachusetts had received 285,050 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and administered 78,643 of those doses.
Nearly 200 towns and cities in Massachusetts are designated high risk of spreading the virus.
Here are the cumulative COVID cases in each county:
Barnstable County: 5,708
Berkshire County: 3,020
Bristol County: 36,074
Dukes County: 516
Essex County: 59,763
Franklin County: 1,318
Hampden County: 27,058
Hampshire County: 3,988
Middlesex County: 77,821
Nantucket County: 769
Norfolk County: 28,388
Plymouth County: 25,280
Suffolk County: 55,925
Worcester County: 44,297
Unknown location: 1,172