Massachusetts reports 48% jump in COVID cases after Boston-area virus wastewater spike

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State health officials reported a weekly jump of more than 7,000 confirmed COVID cases on Thursday, a 48% spike following a recent surge in the Boston-area virus wastewater data.

Meanwhile, COVID hospitalizations and the state’s positive test average are on the rise, yet again. Flu cases are also climbing.

The Bay State’s daily average of 1,071 COVID cases from the last week is up from the daily rate of 724 virus infections during the previous week.

The virus wastewater data is the earliest indicator of COVID cases at the community level, and the sewage data has helped predict waves throughout the pandemic.

The south-of-Boston region has seen a significant spike in COVID wastewater levels in the past few weeks, especially after Thanksgiving. The seven-day average in the southern region is now 1,021 viral copies per milliliter, which is up 105% since mid-November.

The north-of-Boston region’s seven-day average is now 920 viral copies per milliliter, which is a 135% jump over the last few weeks.

The state’s positive test average is climbing again. The seven-day positive test rate is now 7.85%, up from 7.14% last week.

The state also reported that 766 total patients are hospitalized with COVID, which is an increase of 116 patients from this time last week.

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