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Latest state report shows more than 20,000 COVID-19 cases on South Shore

This chart shows the number of new COVID cases per South Shore city for the week ending January 8.

QUINCY – The city reported 350 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 17,167 since the pandemic began almost two years ago.

For the past two weeks, Quincy has recorded an average of about 250 new COVID-19 cases per day. Quincy has a 77 percent vaccination rate and 37 percent of those people have had booster shots.

In brain tree, the city reported 995 new cases of COVID-19 in the week before Tuesday, bringing the total to 8,166 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Randolph had 1,983 COVID-19 cases in the two weeks ending Jan. 8, a rate of 411 daily cases per 100,000 people for that period, the highest in the area. There were 8,177 cases of COVID-19 in Randolph.

Milton Town administrator Michael Dennehy told the jury Wednesday night that the town’s health department has seen “a huge spike in cases since the holiday.”

With 78 percent of the city’s eligible population fully vaccinated and 88 percent partially vaccinated, Dennehy said the city is seeing some breakthrough cases with mild to moderate symptoms. He said the health department is shifting emphasis from booster vaccine clinic to contact tracing.

Despite the ommicron strain of the coronavirus gaining a foothold, there are some encouraging signs that cases are beginning to decline in the Northeast, officials say. A model developed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School suggests that the number of COVID-19 cases will peak by the end of next week. Wastewater samples taken by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority show a sharp drop in COVID-19 levels.

This illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV).  This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory disease first discovered in Wuhan, China.

But for now, there are still many COVID-19 cases in the area. More than 20,000 cases were reported on the south coast in the most recent two-week tally of city and town statistics released by the state’s Department of Health.

The statewide daily total reported Thursday showed 18,721 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the pandemic total to 1,305,830 cases. There were 36 new deaths, for a total of 20,386.

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