Another 208 coronavirus deaths were reported in Massachusetts Wednesday, while 1,754 more people tested positive for the virus.
The figures from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health put the death toll at 4,420 people, while a total of 72,025 have now tested positive for the virus.
Both statistics have been lower in the last week, compared to the weeks before, and Gov. Charlie Baker has offered cautious optimism that the state is trending in the right direction.
If the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients continues to fall, Massachusetts will be able to begin reopening by May 18, Baker said Wednesday, before the new figures were released.
That number was 3,564 in Wednesday’s report, up slightly from 3,542 the day before.
Massachusetts is one of the epicenters of COVID-19 in the U.S., with the third-most cases and fourth-most fatalities among all states. Baker and other health officials have said that may be due in part to a strong commitment to testing — more than 333,000 tests had been conducted as of Tuesday, according to the Department of Health.