Massachusetts reports pandemic low for intubated coronavirus patients


State health officials on Tuesday reported a pandemic low for the number of coronavirus patients who are currently intubated across the Bay State.

After hospitalizations dramatically plunged, there are now 22 coronavirus patients in intensive care units and nine patients are intubated across the state. The nine patients on ventilators is the lowest count of the pandemic, tying last July 7 when virus rates were very low.

Meanwhile, the state on Tuesday again reported an increase in daily coronavirus cases and weekly breakthrough COVID-19 infections.

The state Department of Public Health reported 882 COVID-19 cases, a 14% increase from 773 infections recorded last Tuesday. Health officials are warning that the omicron BA.2 “stealth” variant is gradually spreading around the region.

The state’s average percent positivity is now 2.20%, up from the rate of 1.60% two weeks ago. The positive test average for Tuesday’s count was higher at 2.40%.

State health officials reported 16 COVID deaths, bringing the state’s total recorded death toll to 20,097. The 16 new deaths are from Saturday through Monday. The daily average of COVID deaths is now four. The death rate had been much higher after omicron hospitalizations surged.

After COVID hospitalizations ticked down by seven patients, the state’s overall patient count is now 215 patients. Hospitalizations had been spiking in January, but plunged as the omicron variant receded.

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