Massachusetts coronavirus deaths rise 16, cases up 570, daily positive rate hovers around 4%

Massachusetts health officials on Sunday reported 16 new coronavirus deaths and 570 new cases, as the daily positive rate continued to hover around 4%.

The 570 new cases follows a spike above 700 on Friday — one of the highest numbers since the spring.

The 16 new coronavirus deaths and one new probable coronavirus death bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 9,604, the state Department of Public Health said. The three-day average of coronavirus daily deaths has dropped from a peak of 161 in May to 11 now.

The state has logged 138,903 cases of the highly contagious disease, an increase of 570 confirmed cases since Saturday. Of the 138,903 total cases, at least 116,364 people have recovered.

On Wednesday, Massachusetts health officials reported that 40 communities are now in the high-risk category for coronavirus —  a state record after 23 cities and towns were on the list last

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