Mass death toll at 25 as total COVID cases reaches 2,417

Massachusetts reported 10 new deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday in addition to 579 new cases of the disease, bringing the state's total case count to 2,417 and its death tally to 25.

The Department of Public Health reported that an additional 3,827 people had been tested for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, clearing the 3,500-test-per-day threshold that Gov. Charlie Baker had set as a minimum for testing in the state. In total, 23,621 people have been tested for the coronavirus in Massachusetts.

The 579 new cases announced Thursday marked the second time in the last two weeks that the state announced fewer new cases than it had the previous day, but it is still by far the second-largest single day increase in the number of new cases. The state reported 679 new cases on Wednesday.

The 10 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths were an Essex County man in his 50s who had pre-existing conditions and was hospitalized; an Essex County man in his 80s who had pre-existing conditions and was hospitalized; a Middlesex County man in his 80s who was hospitalized; a Middlesex County man in his 70s who had a pre-existing condition; a Hampden County man in his 80s; a Suffolk County man in his 90s who had pre-existing conditions and was hospitalized; a Worcester County man in his 80s who had pre-existing conditions and was hospitalized; a Norfolk County woman in her 70s who had pre-existing conditions; a Franklin County man in his 80s; and a Middlesex County woman in her 80s who had pre-existing conditions and was hospitalized.

DPH's report Thursday also showed that the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 had more than doubled since Wednesday, though the vast majority of confirmed COVID-19 patients are classified as "under investigation" rather than hospitalized or not hospitalized. The state reported 219 patients were hospitalized Thursday, compared to 103 patients on Wednesday, while 366 patients are not hospitalized. Another 1,832 people -- or just more than 75 percent of all confirmed COVID-19 patients -- who have tested positive for COVID-19 are classified as "under investigation" in DPH's report.

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