COVID-19: 617 new cases in Mass., but 78 more deaths

Staff Writer
Published: 5/29/2020 8:17:05 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 617 new cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections Friday and 78 new deaths. There are now 95,512 confirmed cases statewide and 6,718 deaths.

The state reported Friday that 9,422 new tests were conducted, and 571,745 tests have been performed overall.

The state has reported 858 confirmed cases and 86 deaths in Hampshire County, 319 cases and 47 deaths in Franklin County, and 5,942 cases and 569 deaths in Hampden County. Among confirmed cases, the average age of death is 82, the average age of hospitalization is 68, and the average age of those infected is 52.

Among people with confirmed cases, 1,991 are hospitalized, 485 of whom are in intensive care units.

The seven-day weighted average of positive test rates has decreased by 73%  since April 15, while the three-day average of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has decreased by 42% within this same period.

Area hospitals

Cooley Dickinson Hospital is treating six inpatients with confirmed COVID-19 infection as of Friday, two of whom are in the intensive care unit.

An additional 66 outpatients are under investigation for COVID-19 infection. The hospital has had 725 people test positive overall.

Baystate Health is treating 61 inpatients, 57 of whom are hospitalized at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, for confirmed COVID-19 infection, including 14 patients in critical care units. 

Twenty-one inpatients are under investigation for COVID-19 infection.

Baystate has tested 13,148 people to date, with 1,733 results coming back positive, 11,362 negative, and 53 pending results.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at

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