New COVID-19 cases bump up again
438 new cases as 7-day positive test rate rises
THE NUMBER of new COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts rose by 438 on Tuesday, the highest one-day increase since June 6.
The increases of late have been erratic even as the public’s focus on them has increased amid concerns the coronavirus is returning in strength and Gov. Charlie Baker has appealed to residents to exercise caution.The number of new cases on Monday was 165 and on Sunday it was 353. The positive test rate (new cases divided by the total number of tests) rose to nearly 2.9 percent on Tuesday, pushing up the seven-day average to nearly 2.3 percent.
Baker has been saying for several days now that he will take action if the number of cases continues to rise, but he has declined to say what would trigger a response.