The state today reported 4,376 new Covid-19 cases, compared to 2,985 just the day before.
Statewide, 6.2% of tests are now coming back as positive for Covid-19 - the first time that rate has been above 6% since early February.
In Boston, the test positivity rate is now 9.3% as of yesterday. The city had set a rate of 5% as one of its "threshold" statistics for bringing back mandatory indoor masking and other measures. However, other stats, including the rate of Covid-19 hospitalization in Boston and the number of ICU beds filled with Covid-19 patients remain below city benchmarks.
As shown in the chart, Covid-19 hospitalization numbers have been rising of late as well, although they remain well below the peak of 3,306 on Jan. 14.
Out at Deer Island, meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 viral particles found in MWRA sewage is once again beginning to rise after declining for a week. This sewage sample has proven to be a predictor of Covid-19 cases ten days or so out because people often begin excreting the virus before they realize they might be sick and need to be tested.