The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today reported 21,137 confirmed Covid-19 cases, a new state daily record, and the fourth new record in a week.
The state also reported a seven-day average positivity rate among Covid-19 tests of 16.44% up from the 13.58% reported last week.
The figures include 3,213 new confirmed cases reported in Suffolk County.
Hospitalizations continue to increase as well: The state reported 1,817 people with Covid-19 in Massachusetts hospitals, compared to 1,711 yesterday - still well below the far below the all time peak of 3,965 hospitalizations, reported for April 21, 2020.
The state reported 36 deaths, also well below the state's highest daily number of 198, recorded on April 24 of last year.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 viral fragments recorded at the Deer Island treatment plant rose at a near vertical rate this week, to levels never seen before. The samples represent Covid-19 viral particles excreted by people in greater-Boston communities served by the MWRA and have become a predictor of actual Covid-19 cases in seven to ten days, because people often begin excreting the virus before they know they are infected or need to get tested.