Data from Massachusetts shows death rate continues to fall, average age of virus victims is 82

The Bay State is one of the few states in the nation that has not seen a massive spike in its virus numbers recently

Updated: July 3, 2020 - 1:25pm

Data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health suggests that of the 8,132 people the state has lost to the novel coronavirus, 5,087 were above the age of 80, and 5,141 occurred in long-term care facilities.

Massachusetts was one the state's hit especially hard by the spread of the disease through nursing homes. The number of elder-care facilities in the state that reported at least one probably or confirmed case of coronavirus is 369, and nearly 23,500 residents and healthcare workers at these facilities have been diagnosed with the virus since March. 

The state health department is also tracking the sex, age, county, and race/ethnicity of coronavirus victims. 

The state's public data shows that the average age of death from the virus is 82, and, of those deaths that were thoroughly investigated, which is about half of them so far, 98% of victims had underlying conditions. 

About 600 more men than women have succumbed to the disease in Massachusetts, and 54% of victims had been hospitalized previously. 

On Thursday Massachusetts was the only state in the country to report zero deaths from coronavirus. Unlike upwards of 35 states across the country, the Massachusetts coronavirus case and death rate continues to drop steadily. The state has confirmed 109,338 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

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