Mass health officials report 1,488 new COVID cases, 23 deaths, 7.3% positivity rate

BOSTON (WHDH) – The Department of Public Health reported 1,488 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday with a test positivity rate of 7.3 percent

A total of 153,229 cases have been reported so far in Massachusetts and 23 new deaths elevating the confirmed virus-related death toll to 9,750 statewide.

Five hundred and seventy-one people are currently hospitalized. One hundred and six 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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