BOSTON (WHDH) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 4,568 new breakthrough COVID-19 cases and 23 additional deaths among fully vaccinated residents.

As of Sept. 18, there have been 32,345 total breakthrough cases, up from the 27,777 cases that were reported on Sept. 11, new data shows.

There have also been 217 fully vaccinated residents who have died from COVID-19, up from the 194 deaths that were reported last week.

Health officials also reported 178 new hospitalizations among fully vaccinated residents, bringing the total number to 1,001, up from a previous mark of 823.

Data obtained earlier this summer showed that nearly three-quarters of COVID-19 breakthrough deaths in Massachusetts have been among vaccinated residents with at least one underlying condition and their average age was 82.5.

Massachusetts’ high vaccination rate among people over the age of 18 has been critical in keeping hospitalization numbers low, despite the ongoing surge in case counts, officials said.

The number of fully vaccinated people across the state currently sits at 4,565,377, public health data shows.

(Copyright (c) 2024 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Join our Newsletter for the latest news right to your inbox