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 Tuesday, Aug. 4, there were 111,033 confirmed cases in the Bay State, which is 438 new cases since Monday.

Officials did confirm that the total number of confirmed cases released on July 29, are the result of, "A technical reporting error by a hospital group caused a delay in its laboratory test results being reported to DPH. These newly reported test results have been included in today’s dashboard report and are reflected in today’s case totals. However, these positive test results have been assigned retrospectively to the appropriate date of test." 

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.  

As of July 6, information on probable cases in the state are represented on page 21 of the daily report

There have been 111,033 positive confirmed cases and 8,170 probable cases.  Of the new cases today, 438 were confirmed positive and 108 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 1,234,106 people have been tested by molecular tests and 98,298 people have been tested by antibody tests.

As of August 4, there were 15,316 new patients tested by molecular test, with a total of 1,611,827 molecular tests administered. 

Of those total cases, 8,436 deaths are now being attributed to COVID-19. Today, there are 9 confirmed new deaths and 0 probable new deaths. The number of deaths includes probable deaths since March 1. 

The county-by-county breakdown of cases is as follows:

  • Barnstable Co. - 1,770 
  • Berkshire Co. - 661
  • Bristol Co. - 9,224
  • Dukes Co. - 66
  • Essex Co. - 17,494
  • Franklin Co. - 406
  • Hampden Co. - 7,499
  • Hampshire Co. - 1,145
  • Middlesex Co. – 26,027
  • Nantucket - 33
  • Norfolk Co. – 10,447
  • Plymouth Co. - 9,163
  • Suffolk Co. - 21,481
  • Worcester Co. - 13,469
  • Unknown - 318

By age group, Mass. DPH reported the following:

  • 19 or younger : 7,257 people
  • 20-29 : 17,553 people
  • 30-39 : 18,157 people
  • 40-49 : 16,863 people
  • 50-59 : 18,705 people
  • 60-69 : 15,043 people
  • 70-79 : 9,873 people
  • 80 and over: 15,469 people

For a further breakdown of the figures, CLICK HERE.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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[censored] WHY do we not see the 84+ THOUSAND who have RECOVERED??

Give GREAT NEWS once and a while! Even the Herald tosses a positive once and a while! Your subscribers NEED HOPE[alien][alien]

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