Many of us are well aware that the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, but what you may not be aware of is just how fast those numbers are rising.

From a story reported on by WHDH/News 7 Boston, Massachusetts jumped from 150,000 cumulative cases to 200,000 in just 25 days. Getting from 100,000 to 150,000, by comparison, took from June 1 until Oct. 28, a stretch of 149 days.

That's indicative of the power of the second COVID-19 surge that is currently underway.

More than 5,700 additional COVID-19 cases were confirmed over the weekend and the state hit another harrowing milestone Sunday by surpassing 200,000 confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic.

While new cases are being detected and counted in daily totals similar to those last seen in the spring, far more tests are being conducted this fall and the positive test rate is significantly lower than during the initial peak.

Alongside reporting of 219,519 new tests, Saturday and Sunday also brought reports of 5,712 new cases. Also, the seven-day average positive test rate dropped from 3.5 percent last week to 3 percent on Saturday.

Hospitalization data showed mixed trends over the weekend as the Baker administration prepares to reestablish field hospitals in case they become necessary.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases among hospitalized patients dropped from 904 on Friday to 893 on Sunday, but the count of cases in intensive care units increased over the same span from 179 to 192.

For more on the story, please visit WHDH/News 7's website here and we thank them for the update.

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