Massachusetts adds 1,949 coronavirus cases, eases travel restrictions on North Dakota, Puerto Rico

Jessica Wong

Public health officials reported 1,949 new coronavirus cases and 65 more deaths on Saturday as Massachusetts eased travel restrictions on two places. Travelers — including Massachusetts residents — arriving from North Dakota and Puerto Rico will no longer need to quarantine or fill out the state’s traveler form. It’s the […]

Public health officials reported 1,949 new coronavirus cases and 65 more deaths on Saturday as Massachusetts eased travel restrictions on two places.

Travelers — including Massachusetts residents — arriving from North Dakota and Puerto Rico will no longer need to quarantine or fill out the state’s traveler form. It’s the first change to the “lower-risk” travel list since November.

Saturday’s 1,949 new confirmed cases follow Friday’s count of 2,228 and Thursday’s tally of 2,213. The seven-day average of confirmed cases is now 1,433, a significant decline from the peak of 6,242 in January.

There are an estimated 46,413 active cases in the commonwealth, down from roughly double that in January, the Department of Public Health said.

There have been 527,435 confirmed cases overall. Another 134 probable cases were reported on Saturday for a combined total tally of 555,895 confirmed and probable cases.

The state’s seven-day weighted average test positive rate without higher education institutions is 3.8%, continuing a decline. With higher-education testing included, it’s 2.4%.

There were 1,149 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Saturday, with 291 in intensive care units and 196 who were intubated.

The 65 new fatalities bring the state’s confirmed death toll to 15,116. Another death from a probable case was reported on Saturday, for a combined tally of 15,424. Long-term care facilities have now reported 8,351 deaths.

There have been more than 27 million coronavirus cases reported in the United States and 480,000 deaths. Cases have topped 108 million globally and deaths have surpassed 2.3 million.

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