Health officials announce 290 new coronavirus cases and 17 deaths, bringing confirmed death toll to 8,406

The Department of Public Health reported 290 newly confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday and 17 deaths.

In a note attached to the bottom of the report, officials wrote in part:

“The number of new cases reported today appears higher because of delays in the reporting of test results to DPH from multiple laboratories, including large national commercial laboratories. However, these positive test results have been assigned retrospectively to the appropriate date of test.”

A total of 110,077 cases have been reported so far in Massachusetts and 17 new deaths elevating the confirmed virus-related death toll to 8,406 statewide.

On July 15, the Trump administration ordered hospitals to send their data to the White House instead of first being sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

1,755 are from Barnstable County, 654 are from Berkshire County, 9,088 are from Bristol County, 65 from Dukes County, 17,305 from Essex County, 404 from Franklin County, 7,433 from Hampden County, 1,132 from Hampshire County, 25,801from Middlesex County, 10,305 from Norfolk County, 33 from Nantucket County, 9,107 from Plymouth County, 21,279 from Suffolk County, 13,376 from Worcester County and 303 are unknown, according to the DPH.

Monday, June 1 was the first day that the government began reporting probable and confirmed cases under recommendation from the CDC. Probable cases are defined as individuals who have not been tested by the standard viral (molecular) test.

They have either had a positive antibody test and either had COVID symptoms or were likely to be exposed to a positive case or did not have an antibody test but had COVID symptoms and were known to be exposed to a positive case.

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Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. Reported worldwide illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, typically between people who are in close contact with one another and via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The average age of coronavirus patient is 51-years-old and the average age of death is 82.

On June 30, the state reported zero new coronavirus deaths for the first time in months.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s latest coronavirus quarantine update shows that about  97,595 individuals have completed their quarantine while about 3,141 remain.

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