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.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.
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.