Massachusetts coronavirus cases rise by 2,978 the day before Thanksgiving, more than 1 million people have been boosted

State health officials on Wednesday reported an increase of 2,978 new coronavirus cases the day before Thanksgiving, while COVID-19 hospital admissions rose again.

Also, more than 1 million Bay Staters have now received a booster dose of the COVID vaccine, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Infections had plateaued in the midst of the more contagious delta variant, but the number of cases is now markedly up in the last few weeks ahead of Thursday’s holiday.

Cases are rising for a variety of reasons: more than 2 million people are still not fully vaccinated, immunity is declining six months after receiving the vaccine, and more people are gathering indoors.

The one-day average of daily COVID-19 cases is now 1,998, significantly up from 1,128 cases a few weeks ago.

The average positivity percentage has now risen to 3.31%. The exchange rate doubled from 1.67% a few weeks ago. The positive test average for Wednesday’s count was 2.64%.

State health officials reported 18 new COVID deaths, bringing the state’s total death toll to 19,329. The daily average of COVID deaths is now 9.7 compared to the record low of 1.3 in mid-July.

After COVID admissions increased by 24 patients, the state’s total patient population is now 764 patients.

There are now 165 patients in intensive care units and 89 patients have been intubated.

Of the total of 764 patients, 290 patients are fully vaccinated – or about 38%. Those who are unvaccinated have a much higher risk of a serious case and hospitalization.

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