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15 new deaths, 340 new cases due to COVID-19 Sunday, state reports

COVID-19 testing being conducted in Dedham last week.
COVID-19 testing being conducted in Dedham last week.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

The state reported 15 new deaths due to the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the Massachusetts confirmed death toll to 9,100. The number of confirmed cases of the disease climbed to 125,479, with 340 newly reported cases.

The three-day average of confirmed COVID-19 deaths was 16 as of Thursday, a reduction of one from an average of 17 reported on Wednesday, according to the state.

The state said 17,399 new people have been given molecular tests as of Sunday, adding to the more than 2 million people statewide who have been tested since the pandemic began in the spring.

The seven-day average positive rate for the molecular tests continued at .8 percent Saturday, where that average has remained since Wednesday.

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The state also reported that 220 new people have been given antibody tests, for a total of 118,289 people tested as of Sunday.

The three-day average number of hospitalized coronavirus patients dipped slightly to 355 as of Saturday, from 359 a day earlier, the state said. Two hospitals were using surge capacity Saturday, down from four facilities doing so on Friday.




John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.