Mass. health officials announce 5,545 new COVID-19 cases, 74 deaths, 7-day positivity rate of 6.7 percent

BOSTON (WHDH) – The Department of Public Health reported 5,545 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

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A total of 433,297 cases have been reported so far in Massachusetts with an estimated 91,396 active cases and a seven-day average positivity rate of 6.67 percent.

A total of 74 new deaths were confirmed, elevating the confirmed virus-related death toll to 13,156 statewide.

Two thousand, two hundred and twenty-six people are currently hospitalized and 454 are currently receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit.

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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As of January 13, 14,178 people under the age of 19 have tested positive. The highest rate of positives per age group.

Ages 20-29 came in next with 13,838, followed by 30-39 year-olds at 11,983. The lowest reported age group was those over 80 with just 2,910 confirmed cases.

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