By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 4,376 new confirmed COVID cases on Thursday. There were 13 additional deaths reported.

The seven-day weighted average of positive tests in Massachusetts has now jumped to 6.17%. Thursday marks the first time the positivity rate is over 6% since early February.

Currently, there are 547 people in the hospital with COVID. There are also 45 patients currently in intensive care.

Health officials said the total number of confirmed cases in the state is now 1,634,308. The total number of confirmed deaths in the state is now 19,181.

There were 61,006 total new tests reported.

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Massachusetts schools are reporting a big jump in cases. The Department of Education says more than 8,000 students tested positive in the last week along with 2,600 staff members.

Those numbers do cover the week after April vacation, which could explain the spike. Staff