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The new numbers bring the state-confirmed COVID-19 death toll since the pandemic began to 16,876.

The actual number of cases is likely higher as studies suggest that some people may be infected and not feel sick.

About 700 people have been reported to be hospitalized Thursday for confirmed cases of COVID-19, including about 170 in intensive care units.

The mean age of the hospital patients was 64 years. There were an estimated 33,000 people with currently active cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The number of probable or confirmed COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities rose to 8,960.

More than 3.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Massachusetts, including more than 2.2 million first doses and more than 1.2 million second doses.

Almost 1.4 million people were fully vaccinated.

Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley recommends that the state change graduation requirements for the 2022 grade so that this year’s 11th grade students don’t have to take the MCAS test to graduate due to the turmoil caused by the pandemic .

Riley also recommends extending the schedule for taking the tests in grades three through eight and ten through June 11 to allow the school districts as much flexibility as possible.