More than 4,500 COVID cases confirmed in children under 14 in the past two weeks as hospitalizations and active infections increase

Active COVID infections in Massachusetts jumped to 35,075 on Wednesday, from 34,652 on Tuesday, according to the latest data from the Department of Health.

State health officials confirmed an additional 2,292 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. That’s based on 118,123 new molecular tests, according to the Department of Health.

Officials also announced an additional 21 COVID-related fatalities, bringing the pandemic death toll to 17,014.

The Ministry of Health has added new data showing the number of confirmed infections in children under 15 years old. In the past two weeks, 1,174 cases have been confirmed in children under the age of 5; 1,499 infections were confirmed in children aged 5 to 9 years; and 1,889 infections were confirmed in children between the ages of 9 and 15, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.

Between March 21 and April, approximately 3,031 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 received COVID. And an astonishing 7,205 cases were confirmed among people over 20, according to DPH.

The seven-day average of positive tests is 2.46%, just under 2.5% reported on Tuesday.

Since the start of the pandemic, officials have confirmed a total of 611,825 COVID-19 cases in the state.

The number of COVID patients currently hospitalized on Wednesday is 755, up from 725 the day before. 179 of them are in intensive care and 105 have been intubated, data shows.

A total of 4,111,327 COVID vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts to date and 1,571,073 residents are now fully vaccinated.

The number of Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk of COVID-19 spread rose to 55 last week, from 32 the week before, according to the latest data from the Department of Health.

The Baker government on Wednesday announced the expansion of the state’s vaccine pre-registration system to include the Amherst-Northampton Collaborative and Marshfield Regional Collaborative. Gov. Charlie Baker said the state is working to improve the user experience on the pre-registration site, noting that residents will have the option to choose between vaccination sites in the coming weeks before choosing from available appointments.

“We will continue to make improvements and make the process even easier,” Baker said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Total number of COVID cases per province:

Barnstable County: 12,645

Berkshire County: 5735

Bristol County: 61152

Dukes County: 1,055

Essex County: 90,985

Franklin County: 2,280

Hampden County: 47025

Hampshire County: 8523

Middlesex County: 125122

Nantucket County: 1,369

Norfolk County: 51027

Plymouth County: 45229

Suffolk County: 86,699

Worcester County: 71723

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