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December 2, 2021

Mass. hits highest COVID case numbers in one day since January, as Worcester County cases spike

Photo | Grant Welker A COVID-19 drive-through vaccination site in Rutland

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Department of Health confirmed 4,838 new COVID-19 cases, and 25 COVID deaths, marking the highest COVID case numbers reached in one day in the state since Jan. 22.  

The new figure brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases since the start of the pandemic to 860,280, resulting in 19,016 deaths.

The numbers show an increase in positive cases with the 7-day average percent positivity of molecular tests reaching 5.14%, per the Mass. DPH’s COVID-19 Interactive Data Dashboard.

Since the start of the pandemic, Worcester County has confirmed 105,344 total COVID case numbers. Over the last 14 days, Worcester County has reported an increase in positive case numbers with 4,753 cases resulting in an average of 40.5 per day, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard. 

Worcester County's current figures demonstrate a 26% increase from the average two weeks ago, according to the dashboard compiled by the New York Times.

The rise in Massachusetts COVID cases come in the midst of news the new Omicron variant was detected in the U.S. for the first time through a confirmed case in California.

President Joe Biden said a winter COVID surge may be on the horizon and will detail a new strategy for combating the pandemic during a press conference this afternoon.

New travel restrictions and expansion of at home COVID test accessibility are expected.  

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