State health officials on Saturday reported 1,694 new coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths as Massachusetts’ vaccine rollout charges forward with a milestone of 2 million people now fully vaccinated.
“Massachusetts has been successful vaccinating people throughout our distribution timeline and as of today, over 2 million people are fully vaccinated,” Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted on Saturday.
On Monday, the general population will become eligible for vaccination.
As of Saturday, 5.8 million vaccine doses have been shipped to the state, and about 5 million have been given out, according to the daily vaccine report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
COVID-19 has infected a total of 630,206 people in the Bay State. Saturday’s 10 new deaths bring the death toll up to 17,110.
The number of estimated active cases across the state is now 41,044, which is up from 39,331 one week ago. The seven-day average of confirmed coronavirus cases is now 1,331, a decrease from 1,408 just one week ago.
The seven-day average death rate is 9.1. The lowest that rate has ever been was 3.7 in September. Deaths have been low in recent weeks, a trend health experts attribute to the ongoing vaccination effort.
The state’s seven-day average weighted positive test rate is 2.15%, down from 2.35% a week ago.
Statewide hospitalizations have been dropping recently, and hospitalizations on Saturday went down by six patients, bringing the total to 693. There are 169 people in the intensive care unit and 99 are intubated.
The seven-day average of the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has declined from 2,347 patients at the start of January to an average of 701 patients now. The lowest rate ever was 155 in late August.
More than 31.5 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19 and 566,000 people have died, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.