The Massachusetts death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surged to more than 7,000 and the total number of cases surpassed 100,000 Monday, as the state announced it had begun including probable as well as confirmed cases in its tallies.
The state said that, in using the new figures, it was following guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and trying to be transparent.
“Probable cases are individuals who have not been tested by the standard viral (molecular) test,” the posting said. “They have either 1) had a positive antibody test and either had COVID symptoms or were likely to be exposed to a positive case or 2) did not have an antibody test but had COVID symptoms and were known to be exposed to a positive case.”
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