Massachusetts reports 14 new coronavirus deaths, 387 cases as positive test rate rises to above 2% –

Massachusetts health officials announced another 14 coronavirus deaths on Friday, for a total of 8,389 deaths statewide since the beginning of the crisis.

Officials also confirmed another 387 cases of the virus, which also includes positive test results from multiple laboratories with delays in their reporting. That’s based on 19,151 new molecular tests reported on Friday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth is at least 109,787, according to the Department of Public Health.

“Delays in the reporting of test results to DPH from multiple laboratories, including large national commercial laboratories, are reflected in today’s case counts,” officials wrote in Friday’s report.

There are currently 347 people hospitalized with coronavirus.

The latest data comes after the U.S. topped 150,000 coronavirus deaths earlier this week. As of Friday, there are roughly 4,405,932 cases of COVID-19 across the country, including nearly 66,000 new cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cases are rising in states like Mississippi, Tennessee and Oklahoma, and have begun declining in hotspots like Florida and Louisiana, according to the New York Times. Over the last 14 days, deaths have been climbing most notably in Arizona, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Texas.

The rate of positive tests in Massachusetts has increased slightly in recent weeks, which officials believe is the result of several “small clusters” of cases linked to recent gatherings. The seven-day weighted average of new positive test results has climbed to just over 2% from an average of about 1.7% in the middle of July.

Baystate Health on Monday reported an outbreak of new infections at Baystate Medical Center affecting 23 employees and 13 patients. Baystate Health’s president and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said the outbreak may be traced back to a single employee, who returned to work after visiting a state identified as a new virus hotspot.

There was also an outbreak in the Cape Cod town of Chatham after at least 10 people who attended a house party on July 12 tested positive for coronavirus. Cape officials announced on Sunday that they will offer pop-testing for anyone who attended the party or is a close contact of someone who was there.

The latest stats come a day before Gov. Charlie Baker’s travel restrictions take effect, meaning visitors who do not quarantine for two weeks before arriving in Massachusetts, or who don’t produce a negative COVID-19 test result, could be fined $500 a day.

Travelers are required to fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” as well, attesting to their compliance. Baker on Friday said roughly 8,000 people have filled out the travel forms.

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Here are the cases listed by county:

Barnstable County: 1,745

Berkshire County: 653

Bristol County: 9,073

Dukes County: 65

Essex County: 17,232

Franklin County: 402

Hampden County: 7,404

Hampshire County: 1,126

Middlesex County: 25,706

Nantucket County: 33

Norfolk County: 10,236

Plymouth County: 9,086

Suffolk County: 21,222

Worcester County: 13,322

Unknown location: 307

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