MA is loosening the criteria for its out-of-state travel rules, amid an increase in COVID-19 levels within its own borders and in several neighboring states. That marks an increase of 702 cases since Thursday.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in MA grew by 550 on Saturday, bringing the total to 139,903 cases as public health officials announced the deaths of 21 additional patients diagnosed with the virus.
After a month of near-weekly changes to the list, DPH officials also announced Friday that they would only move states into the higher-risk category based on two weeks of data, as opposed to one week. New Jersey, Hawaii, California and Washington were added to the list of public health departments.
Of those total cases, 9,482 deaths are now being attributed to COVID-19.
Those states join NY and Washington, D.C., as well as all of New England except Rhode Island, on the lower-risk list. State. Failure to comply with the requirements may result in a fine of $ 500 per day. The day's positivity rate per people tested was 7.3 percent, and the test positivity rate was 4.3 percent.
Rhode Island is still considered a high-risk state, and restrictions on travel between MA and the Ocean state are in place. The queue includes exemptions for those passing through MA, traveling on state routes for work, those coming to MA for medical treatment, military personnel traveling under orders and those traveling in essential services. D.P.H.
The data released Saturday show 12,395 more people were tested for the first time, hiking the total number of people tested in MA to almost 2.5 million.