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New cases of COVID-19 increased by nearly 2,100 Thursday

September 9, 2021 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of new cases of COVID-19 increased by nearly 2,100 Thursday while the number of newly confirmed coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts rose by 18.

The new numbers pushed the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 17,954 since the start of the pandemic, while its confirmed caseload rose to more than 723,600.

There were more than 620 people reported hospitalized Thursday because of confirmed cases of COVID-19, with nearly 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.