State’s coronavirus cases top 87,000

Published: 5/18/2020 6:48:37 PM

NORTHAMPTON — State public health officials reported 1,042 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, along with 65 deaths attributed to the viral illness, bringing Massachusetts’ tallies to 87,052 cases and 5,862 deaths.

Positive trends continued to show up in the declining percentage of positive tests among those tested. The state reported 8,373 tests Monday, with the seven-day weighted average of positive tests at just over 10%, compared to 13% a week ago.

There are more than 2,500 people currently hospitalized with the disease in Massachusetts, down from more than 3,500 two weeks ago.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care also fell to 674 — down from 908 two weeks ago.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital reported treating eight inpatients with confirmed COVID-19 infection as of Sunday, one of whom was in the intensive care unit.

An additional 15 outpatients are under investigation for COVID-19 infection. The hospital has had 663 people test positive overall.

Baystate Health was treating 78 inpatients for confirmed COVID-19 infection across all of its hospitals, including 13 patients in critical care units. Seventy-six are hospitalized at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Nineteen inpatients are under investigation for COVID-19 infection.

Baystate has tested 10,556 people to date, with 1,544 results coming back positive, 8,938 negative, and 74 pending results.

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