In this Jan. 12, 2022, file photo, people wear face masks, to protect from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as they wait in line to be tested for the virus outside the Bowdoin Street Health Center in Boston. Credit: Charles Krupa / AP

State health officials on Tuesday reported a continuing jump in new coronavirus cases, as COVID-19 hospitalizations also ticked up.

The state Department of Public Health reported 1,116 COVID-19 cases, a 27 percent increase from 882 infections recorded last Tuesday. Health officials are warning that the omicron BA.2 “stealth” variant is spreading around the region.

The Boston-area COVID-19 wastewater data recently started to rise again. State health officials have been encouraging people to get a booster shot to get more protection from the variants.

The state’s average percent positivity is now 2.67 percent, up from the rate of 1.6 percent three weeks ago. The positive test average for Tuesday’s count was higher at 3.4 percent.

State health officials reported 12 COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state’s total recorded death toll to 20,134. The 12 new deaths are from Saturday through Monday. The daily average of COVID-19 deaths is now three. The death rate had been much higher after omicron hospitalizations surged.

After COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 21 patients, the state’s overall patient count is now 237 patients. Hospitalizations had been spiking in January but plunged as the omicron variant receded.

There are now 27 coronavirus patients in intensive care units, and 20 patients are intubated across the state.

Of the total 237 hospitalized patients, 35 percent of the patients were primarily hospitalized for COVID, while 65 percent of the patients were considered incidental cases.

The state’s weekly breakthrough report was not posted on Tuesday.

Story by Rick Sobey, Boston Herald.