Massachusetts coronavirus breakthrough cases tick up last week, hospitalizations down again
State health officials reported 2,732 coronavirus breakthrough cases last week, a tick up from the previous week while fully vaccinated hospitalizations kept dropping.
The count of 2,732 breakthrough infections last week was a 9% jump from the 2,509 fully vaccinated cases during the prior week.
The once-surging omicron variant had been retreating during the last several weeks, but health experts are now warning of the omicron BA.2 “stealth” variant. The Boston-area COVID wastewater data recently started to rise again. State health officials have been encouraging people to get a booster shot to get more protection from the variants.
Overall, 459,123 fully vaxxed people have tested positive for the virus, according to new data from the state Department of Public Health on Tuesday. That’s 8.6% of the more than 5.3 million fully vaxxed people in Massachusetts.
The 459,123 overall cases is an increase of 2,732 breakthrough infections from last week — or a daily average of 390 fully vaccinated people testing positive.
Last Tuesday’s report showed a jump of 2,509 breakthrough cases, a daily rate of 358 fully vaxxed people testing positive.
The preceding week’s count was 3,194 cases, a daily tally of 456.
The prior week’s tally was 3,488 breakthroughs, a daily amount of 498.
The week before that was a rise of 6,312 infections, a daily average of 902.
The previous week was an increase of 6,494 breakthroughs, a daily total of 928.
There have been 7,716 hospitalizations among fully vaccinated people in Massachusetts, which represents 0.15% of those who are fully vaxxed.
The 7,716 total patients is a one-week increase of 64 fully vaxxed patients. That’s significantly down from the previous weekly increase of 120 fully vaxxed patients. The week before that was 139 fully vaxxed patients.
The state has reported 2,222 breakthrough deaths, or 0.04% of those who are fully vaxxed. That’s a one-week report of 21 deaths.
This is the second week that the state adopted a new definition for COVID-19 associated deaths, which led to fewer recorded deaths since the start of the pandemic. The overall breakthrough death count was 2,484 deaths before the new definition was implemented.