Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 9,000 in Massachusetts With 14 New Deaths Reported Sunday – NBC Boston


The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Massachusetts surpassed 9,000 Sunday as health officials reported 14 new deaths.

Officials also announced 267 new cases of the virus, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 closes in on 123,000.

There have now been 9,001 confirmed deaths and 122,904 cases, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. A key measure of how successful the state is in fighting the disease — the average positive test rate — remains low at 0.8%.

The total number of coronavirus deaths in the daily COVID-19 report, however, is listed as 9,210, which would indicate there are 209 more deaths that are considered probable at this time.

An additional 19 cases of the virus were listed as probable in Sunday’s report, contributing to 1,922 probable cases overall.

A Massachusetts high school scheduled to reopen this week with a hybrid learning model will now switch to remote-only learning after dozens of students attended a party without taking proper coronavirus-prevention measures, the principal said.

The party held Friday night involved alcohol and a “complete lack of safety precautions to protect against the spread of COVID,” Lincoln-Sudbury Principal Bella Wong said in a letter to the school community.

Police who broke up the gathering said about 15 students ran into the woods, and 13 gave fake names to officers, she said. Because it’s not clear exactly who attended the party, the Sudbury Board of Health is mandating that all high school students must undergo full remote learning for 14 days.

“After the intensity of hard work and planning that has been done to be able to start school with students in-person, we are profoundly disappointed at this sudden change of plans,” she wrote. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that Friday that daily life in the U.S. may not get back to normal until late 2021, when potentially a vaccine could be widely distributed.

The warning comes as the U.S. approaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths. COVID-19 has so far killed more than 920,000 globally, according to Johns Hopkins University data on Sunday.

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