Mass. health officials report 2,991 new COVID cases, 19 deaths, 3.2% daily positivity rate

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Department of Public Health reported 2,991 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday.

A total of 197,329 cases have been reported so far in Massachusetts with an estimated 37,328 active cases with a daily test positivity rate of 3.21 percent.

Nineteen new deaths were confirmed, elevating the confirmed virus-related death toll to 10,257 statewide.

Eight hundred and ninety-one people are currently hospitalized and 187 are currently receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit. The average age of hospitalized persons is 66.

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 1 through November 14, 6,186 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 5,015, followed by 30-39 year-olds at 4,841. The lowest reported age group was those over 80 with just 880 confirmed cases in that two-week period.

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