MA reports 550 new coronavirus cases

Lawrence Kim
October 18, 2020

Restrictions on travel and ocean level are in place.

Cases fell from 702 Friday and are down slightly from 587 a week ago today. The seven-day weighted average rate of positive molecular tests has risen to 1.3 percent, and the three-day average number of COVID-19 deaths has more than doubled in the last week. New York, New Jersey, and CT use the same 10-per-100,000 threshold for their tri-state travel rules.

The new changes, which take effect Saturday, come after MA itself, along with several neighboring states, saw COVID-19 incidence rates rise above its own accepted lower-risk threshold of six cases per 100,000 residents.

Of those total cases, 9,482 deaths are now being attributed to COVID-19.

The new criteria also means that New Jersey, Hawaii, and Washington state will be re-added to the list of lower-risk states on Saturday. Currently, the list of low-risk areas includes: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Washington State and Washington, D.C. Rhode Island, and between MA. Violators could be hit with a fine of $500 a day.

The state's positivity rates are the highest rates reported since September 3. The queue includes exemptions for those passing through MA, traveling on state routes for work, those coming to MA for medical treatment, military personnel traveling under orders and those traveling in essential services. D.P.H.

More than 2.5 million individuals in MA have had molecular tests for the virus, and almost 124,000 people have had antibody tests.

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