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Mass. reports 1,495 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 52 deaths, 63,828 vaccinations Saturday

Anita Imafidon, left, administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Richard Simmons of Swampscott at the Mass General Brigham Assembly Row COVID-19 Vaccine Center Thursday.
Anita Imafidon, left, administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Richard Simmons of Swampscott at the Mass General Brigham Assembly Row COVID-19 Vaccine Center Thursday.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

The number of coronavirus vaccinations administered in Massachusetts rose by 63,828 to 2,069,628, state officials reported Saturday.

The number of new vaccinations was smaller than on Friday, when 74,520 were reported.

The total number of shots administered amounted to 85.2 percent of the 2,428,550 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said.

The total shots administered included 1,390,259 first shots and 672,014 second shots. Those who have gotten their second shot of the currently approved two-dose vaccines are considered fully vaccinated.

There were 7,355 total shots of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the state reported.

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The department, in a separate report, said 1,495 new confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 557,802. The department also reported 52 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, bringing the state’s total to 16,044.

The DPH said 27,190 people were estimated to have active cases of the potentially deadly virus, and 687 confirmed coronavirus patients were in the hospital.

The DPH also reported that 100,359 more tests had been conducted for coronavirus. The total number of tests administered climbed to more than 16.7 million. New antigen tests had been completed for 3,719 people, bringing that total to 578,153.

The DPH reported that the seven-day average rate of positive tests, which is calculated from the total number of tests administered, was at 1.79 percent.

The department said the rate would be 3 percent if the effect of college testing programs — in which asymptomatic people can be tested repeatedly in an effort to rapidly identify new cases — is factored out.

The state’s alarming second surge appears to be on the wane. Cases and other metrics have been generally heading downward. But public officials are concerned about a possible resurgence due to new coronavirus variants, and they’re asking people to continue taking precautions and to get vaccinated when it’s their turn.

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To take a deeper dive into the state’s coronavirus statistics click here.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.