Mass. health officials announce 5,192 new COVID-19 cases, 37 deaths

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Department of Public Health announced 5,192 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday.

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A total of 237,456 cases have been reported so far in Massachusetts with an estimated 51,371 active cases and a seven-day average positivity rate of 5.44 percent.

Thirty-seven new deaths were confirmed, elevating the confirmed virus-related death toll to 10,910 statewide.

One thousand three hundred and ninety-four people are currently hospitalized and 278 are currently receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit. The average age of hospitalized persons is 68.

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.

From November 15 through November 28, 6,876 people between the ages of 20-29 have tested positive. The highest rate of positives per age group.

Ages 0-19 came in next with 5,891, followed by 30-39 year-olds at 5,713. The lowest reported age group was those over 80 with just 1,315 confirmed cases in that two-week period.

On Thursday, health officials announced 6,477 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, shattering the previous single-day high record which was set on Wednesday.

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