Marylou Sudders, the state’s secretary of health and human services, is bullish on the way medical care in Massachusetts rose to the pandemic challenge. "I have to tell you, the strength of our health care system, our health care delivery system, has never been stronger than in April and May and June when the pandemic hit hard," Sudders told listeners at an event held Tuesday by the Health Policy Commission.

That's good, because evidence abounds of mounting disease. The state reported Tuesday that 827 new cases were confirmed. Hospitals were caring for 517 people with the virus, 94 of them in intensive care units.

For months, Sudders has overseen the state's COVID-19 command center.

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