Signs of COVID-19 slowdown in Mass.

Two key indicators drop; trend promising

THE STATE’S KEY COVID-19 stats moved in a positive direction for the second day in a row, raising hope that the pandemic in Massachusetts might be slowing down.

According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, several key indicators tracked by the Baker administration — hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units – both fell on Saturday.

COVID-19 hospitalizations had plateaued between 3,616 and 3,900 for nearly three weeks, but fell to 3,601 on Saturday. Intensive care unit patients dropped to 921, a level not seen since April 2. The  percent of COVID-19 cases hospitalized dropped from 6 percent to 5 percent.

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About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

The number of new COVID-19 cases dropped from 2,106 on Friday to 1,952 on Saturday, a fairly minor decrease but nevertheless a decrease.

The number of COVID-19 deaths also fell by 24 to 130. Most of those deaths – 95, or 73 percent — occurred in long-term care facilities. Overall, COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities account for 59 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Gov. Charlie Baker did not hold a press conference on Saturday, but previously he has said he is waiting for the key indicators to exhibit a downward trajectory over a period of time before beginning to reopen the economy.