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Confirmed Massachusetts COVID-19 death toll rises to 18,030

September 15, 2021 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 in the state increased by more than 2,700 Wednesday while the number of newly confirmed coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts rose by 15.

The new numbers pushed the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 18,030 since the start of the pandemic, while its confirmed caseload rose to more than 734,000.

There were more than 700 people reported hospitalized Wednesday because of confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 170 in intensive care units.

The average age of those who have died from COVID-19 was 74.

The true number of cases is likely higher because studies suggest some people can be infected and not feel sick.

More than 4.5 million people in Massachusetts have been fully immunized against COVID-19.