State’s virus death toll passes 7,000

Staff Writer
Published: 6/3/2020 6:42:48 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 425 new cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections on Wednesday and 68 new deaths, in addition to four new probable cases. There are now 97,964 confirmed cases statewide and 7,012 deaths among those cases.

In addition, the state is reporting 3,628 probable cases and 140 probable deaths caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the total of confirmed and probable cases to 101,592, and the death toll to 7,152.

A total of 8,362 new tests for the virus were conducted Wednesday, out of 614,133 tests performed overall.

There have been 891 confirmed cases and 93 deaths in Hampshire County, 335 cases and 47 deaths in Franklin County and 6,237 cases and 608 deaths in Hampden County.

With the state releasing its weekly town-by-town coronavirus data, Holyoke continued to deal with the most infections among area communities, with 842 confirmed cases, a rate of more than 2,000 per 100,000 residents.

In Hampshire County, the highest case counts were in Northampton, with 269, and South Hadley, with 137.

Belchertown reported 96 cases; Amherst, 93; Easthampton, 79; Hadley, 42; Southampton, 29; Granby, 28; Ware, 28; Hatfield, 16; Huntington, 14; and Williamsburg, 10.

All other towns in the county had fewer than 10 cases.

Statewide, 1,684 people with the virus were hospitalized as of Wednesday, 393 of whom were in intensive care units.

The seven-day weighted average of positive test rates has decreased by 79% since April 15, while the three-day average of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has decreased by 53% within this same period.

Area hospitals

Cooley Dickinson Hospital reported on Wednesday that it is treating six inpatients with confirmed COVID-19 infection, two of whom are in the intensive care unit.

An additional 50 outpatients and one inpatient are under investigation for COVID-19 infection. To date, the hospital has had 733 people test positive.

Baystate Health is treating 41 inpatients for confirmed COVID-19 infection across all of its hospitals, including seven patients in critical care units. Baystate Medical Center in Springfield is caring for 40 of the COVID-19 patients. Twenty-one inpatients are under investigation for COVID-19 infection overall.

Baystate Health has tested 14,414 individuals in total, with 1,787 testing positive, 12,594 testing negative and 33 pending results.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.


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