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More Than 4,000 Mass. Residents Have Died Of COVID-19

A healthcare worker performs a nasopharyngeal specimen collection at the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Somerville Hospital. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A healthcare worker performs a nasopharyngeal specimen collection at the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Somerville Hospital. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

More than 4,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Massachusetts, less than a week after the the state total passed 3,000 deaths.

On Sunday, the state Department of Public Health reported 158 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 4,004.

Hospitalization rates are down for the fifth day in a row, and the number of deaths reported day-over-day has been slowly decreasing over the past week.

Of the Massachusetts residents who have tested positive for coronavirus, 5% are currently hospitalized.

Nursing homes in Massachusetts continue to be hit particularly hard by the virus. A report out today showed that long-term care facilities account for nearly 60% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state — one of the highest publicly reported rates in the country.

Only New York, New Jersey and Michigan have reported more coronavirus-related deaths than Massachusetts.

State health officials also reported Sunday that an additional 15,652 tests have been performed, bringing the total number of tests over 300,000. (For more details on the latest death, case and testing counts, see our maps and charts.)

This article was originally published on May 03, 2020.

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