Massachusetts health officials announce 38 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday and 336 new COVID-19 cases

Massachusetts health officials announce 38 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday and 336 new COVID-19 cases

Massachusetts health officials announced Saturday that 38 people more have died from coronavirus, bringing the number of fatalities statewide to 7,576.

Officials confirmed another 336 cases, including probable cases, of the virus on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to at least 105,395. That’s based on 10,160 molecular tests and 1,264 antibody tests reported on Saturday. A total of 699,271 patients have been tested by molecular tests and an additional 57,048 patients have been tested by antibody tests.

The state began including probable coronavirus-related deaths and cases earlier this month, in addition to confirmed ones, as part of its daily reporting. The new data contributed to a rise in total COVID-19 deaths and cases, but the added probable cases and deaths stretch back to March 1.

According to the Mass. Department of Public Health, probable cases consist of individuals who have not been tested by the standard viral test but have either had a positive antibody test “and either had COVID-19 symptoms or were likely to be exposed to a positive case.” They also include individuals who did not have an antibody test but had COVID symptoms and were known to be exposed to a positive case.

Massachusetts entered Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan on Monday.

Gov. Charlie Baker said the state is ready for the second phase of the reopening plan with significantly expanded access to testing and a downward trend in the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19.

Phase 2 is being implemented in two steps that allow some industries to reopen with strict health and safety guidelines. Restaurants began serving diners outside and retailers can resume in-store shopping as early as Monday when step one began. Step two, which will allow for indoor table service at restaurants and close-contact services, will not commence yet.

Here are the cases listed by county:

Barnstable County: 1,486

Berkshire County: 580

Bristol County: 7,906

Dukes County: 42

Essex County: 15,573

Franklin County: 353

Hampden County: 6,460

Hampshire County: 921

Middlesex County: 23,156

Nantucket County: 13

Norfolk County: 8,860

Plymouth County: 8,478

Suffolk County: 19,299

Worcester County: 11,961

Unknown location: 307

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