• The state reported over 3,000 new breakthrough infections last week
  • More than 100 fully vaccinated people were hospitalized with COVID-19 over the past week
  • Nearly all of Massachusetts remain at high risk for COVID-19 transmission

Nearly 50 fully vaccinated people in Massachusetts have died of COVID-19 last week, according to the state’s coronavirus data. 

The Massachusetts Department of Health on Tuesday reported 46 more breakthrough COVID-19 deaths among the state’s fully vaccinated people in the past week, bringing the total number of breakthrough deaths to 300. 

The breakthrough deaths account for 0.006% of the state’s 4,633,805 fully vaccinated residents.

There were also 3,741 new breakthrough COVID-19 infections reported in the same period, bringing the state’s total coronavirus cases among the fully vaccinated to 40,464. The number of infections accounted for 0.87% of vaccinated individuals. 

At least 125 fully vaccinated residents were also hospitalized with COVID-19, for a total of 1,280 hospitalizations. The figure represents 0.03% of the state’s fully vaccinated population. 

Massachusetts has recorded a total of 765,351 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1,492 new cases added Wednesday. The state is now averaging 970 new COVID-19 cases daily, nearly 49% less than the 1,895 average number of cases reported three weeks ago. 

As of Wednesday, Massachusett’s overall average positivity rate was 1.83%, compared to the 2.98% in September.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state added five additional admissions on Wednesday. The state now has 589 patients in hospitals with the novel coronavirus, 156 of who are in intensive care units and 88 are intubated. Only 33% have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

A large majority of the patients hospitalized with COVID-19 belonged to the 80-plus age group, accounting for 178 patients.

The latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that nearly the entire state of Massachusetts remains at high risk for COVID-19 infections. Only the Hampshire, Nantucket, Dukes and Norfolk counties had lower COVID transmission rate between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2. 

The state has seen more than 45,000 new infections in the whole of September 2021, compared to the 12,151 case count recorded a year before, according to Boston 25 News

hospital-1802680_1920 (1) Representation. Hospital beds. Photo: Pixabay