MassLive – Massachusetts public health officials on Sunday reported that 1,508 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and another 30 have died from the virus.

Since the pandemic hit the U.S. about a year ago, at least 568,616 Bay State residents have tested positive for the coronavirus and 16,311 have died, according to the state Department of Public Health.

DPH officials estimate there are at least 26,459 active cases in Massachusetts as of Sunday.

The latest case totals are based on 90,244 new molecular tests. The state’s seven-day average rate of positive tests is 1.67 percent, which remained steady this past week after dropping following a winter peak. The rate reached a low of 0.8 percent in September.

Currently, 636 residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, including 169 in intensive care and 95 who are intubated. Like the daily new case counts, hospitalizations have declined for weeks.

So far, a total of 2,522,847 vaccine doses have gone out across Massachusetts. At least 908,553 residents are fully vaccinated as of Sunday, according to a daily vaccination report from DPH.

The state recently launched a website to help streamline vaccine access. Anyone who lives or works in the state can use the site to pre-register to get the vaccine, whether or not they are currently eligible.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of President Joe Biden’s top pandemic advisors and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that case counts are still too high across the country to declare a “victory,” even if trends are “in the right direction” a year after the pandemic began.

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