BOSTON (WGGB/WSHM) -- State officials have released new information in regards to coronavirus cases in the Bay State.
The Mass. Department of Public Health said that as of Friday, July 3, there were 109,628 cases in the Bay State, which is 290 new cases since Wednesday.
The state reported June 30 that due to ongoing data cleaning which identifies and removes duplicate reports, the number of both confirmed and probable deaths has decreased as of today's report.
As of June 1, the DPH began reporting both confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and deaths, a change in accordance with guidance from the CDC to include probable cases in data collection and reporting efforts, the state said.
Probable cases are individuals who have not been tested by the standard viral (molecular) test, the state said. They have either had a positive antibody test and either had symptoms or were exposed to a positive case, or did not have an antibody test but had symptoms and were know to be exposed to a positive case.
There have been 104,228 positive confirmed cases, and 5,400 probable cases. Of the new cases today, 212 were confirmed positive and 78 were probable.
Probable cases also included people whose death certificate listed COVID-19 as a cause of death, but were not tested.
State officials noted that 872,380 people have been tested by molecular tests, 74,598 people have been tested by antibody tests.
As of July 3, there were 11,444 new patients tested by molecular test, and 985 by antibody test with a total of 1,105,013 molecular tests administered.
Of those total cases, 8,149 deaths are now being attributed to COVID-19. There are currently 17 newly reported deaths, with 17 confirmed and 0 probable.
The number of deaths includes probable deaths since March 1.
The county-by-county breakdown of cases is as follows:
- Barnstable Co. - 1,553
- Berkshire Co. - 602
- Bristol Co. - 8,295
- Dukes Co. - 50
- Essex Co. - 16,210
- Franklin Co. - 372
- Hampden Co. - 6,834
- Hampshire Co. - 976
- Middlesex Co. – 24,083
- Nantucket - 18
- Norfolk Co. – 9,242
- Plymouth Co. - 8,722
- Suffolk Co. - 19,936
- Worcester Co. - 12,443
- Unknown - 292
By age group, Mass. DPH reported the following:
- 19 or younger : 5,863 people
- 20-29 : 15,295 people
- 30-39 : 16,514 people
- 40-49 : 15,619 people
- 50-59 : 17,342 people
- 60-69 : 14,125 people
- 70-79 : 9,484 people
- 80 and over: 15,117 people
Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.