Massachusetts reports 50,612 more vaccinations, 1,548 new cases, 34 more deaths

Massachusetts public health officials on Saturday reported 1,548 new coronavirus cases and 34 deaths as another 50,612 vaccine doses were administered.

The 50,612 new vaccinations bring the total number of doses administered to 2,467,392 — or 87.2% of all doses shipped to providers in Massachusetts, according to the Department of Public Health.

As of Saturday, 1,587,325 people had received at least one dose of either Moderna or Pfizer’s two-dose vaccines, and 825,157 second-doses had been administered.

Another 4,708 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine were administered, bringing that total to 54,910.

There are now 880,067 people who are fully vaccinated in Massachusetts.

The 1,548 new COVID-19 cases reported Saturday bring the state’s confirmed case total to 567,108. The seven-day average of confirmed cases is 1,043, down from an average of more than 6,000 in January.

There are 26,001 estimated active cases, down significantly from nearly 100,000 after the start of the year.

The seven-day positive test rate is 1.7%. With testing from higher-education institutions removed, it’s 3%.

There were 643 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 176 patients in intensive care units and 109 patients who are intubated.

The 34 new fatalities bring the state’s death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases to 16,281. With deaths linked to probable cases included, that total rises to 16,614.

More than half the state’s deaths continue to come from long-term care facilities, which had reported 8,745 fatalities as of Saturday. There are 424 long-term care facilities that have seen at least one case of COVID-19, and 34,780 workers and staff who have been sickened.

Roughly 29 million Americans have contracted coronavirus and more than 534,000 have died, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

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