The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today reported 252 Covid-19 deaths over a 24-hour period, the highest one-day number yet recorded in the state.
The disease is particularly deadly among elderly residents with underlying health conditions - the state reports the average age of a person dying of Covid-19 in Massachusetts is 82 and 52% of all the state's deaths have been among residents of long-term care facilities.
Aside from today's spike in death numbers, today's Covid-19numbers show a continuing plateau, rather than a decrease, in two metrics that Gov. Baker has said repeatedly he will use for allowing even a phased re-opening of closed businesses and facilities in Massachusetts after May 18: The number of hospital beds in general that are occupied by Covid19 patients and ICU beds in particular that they need.
The number of ICU beds occupied by Covid numbers reported today was 1,001, down slightly from 1,034 on April 23. The overall number of Covid-19 patients in Massachusetts hospitals on April 28 was 3,856, up from 3,485 on April 13 (before that date, the state used a different metric to determine which patients were Covid-19 patients).