Health officials announce 542 new coronavirus cases and 17 deaths, bringing confirmed death toll to 9,135 in Mass.

BOSTON (WHDH) — The Department of Public Health reported 542 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

A total of 126,408 cases have been reported so far in Massachusetts and 17 new deaths elevating the confirmed virus-related death toll to 9,135 statewide.

According to a note issued along with the report, health officials said, “Routine IT maintenance by Amazon Web Services resulted in delayed lab reporting on 9/22. The data from those delayed lab reports are included in today’s report.”

Three hundred and sixty-one people are currently hospitalized. Seventy-one are currently receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit.

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.

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