State health officials on Saturday announced that another 600 people have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Massachusetts to 131,814.
Additionally, 17 more people have died from the illness related to the virus. Massachusetts has seen 9,292 deaths so far during the pandemic, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.
Saturday’s new cases are based on 13,813 tests. The seven-day weighted average of positive tests is at 1.1%, where it has stood for several days. The lowest rate seen in Massachusetts during the pandemic, 0.8%, was steady through much of September.
There are currently 416 people hospitalized with the virus, 75 of whom are in the intensive care unit.
New cases of coronavirus have increased sizably this week. On Thursday and Friday, the state reported more than 700 new coronavirus cases, an increase over the beginning of the week when new case counts were in the 300s and 400s.
Through the pandemic, 4,265,786 molecular tests have been administered to 2,287,625 people in the state.
DPH data indicates that 98.2% of all Massachusetts coronavirus deaths have been of people with underlying conditions. An explanation of what conditions are considered underlying has not been provided by the department.
Currently, 23 Massachusetts communities are considered at “high risk” for coronavirus spread, according to the state’s latest COVID risk assessment map, which is updated on Wednesdays. Those towns and cities are Attleboro, Avon, Boston, Chelsea, Dracut, Everett, Framingham, Haverhill, Holliston, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marlborough, Methuen, Middleton, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Andover, Revere, Springfield, Winthrop and Worcester.
As of Saturday, here are the number of coronavirus cases in each county:
Barnstable County: 1,818
Berkshire County: 718
Bristol County: 10,269
Dukes County: 66
Essex County: 20,370
Franklin County: 415
Hampden County: 8,435
Hampshire County: 1,316
Middlesex County: 28,101
Nantucket County: 124
Norfolk County: 10,481
Plymouth County: 9,904
Suffolk County: 24,871
Worcester County: 14,637
Unknown location: 289