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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced there are now 256 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts.

Yesterday, there were 218 cases.

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Framingham has 4 positive cases.

Town of Ashland announced its first positive case today, March 18.

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there are now 2,054 individuals who are subject to quarantine. That has doubled since earlier this week.

Of those, 1,168 are still in quarantine, and 886 have completed quarantine.

Nationally, there are 7,038 cases. Yesterday, there were 4,226 cases

There are now cases in all 50 states. There have been 97 deaths due to the coronavirus.

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The Governor said the COVID-19 virus is highly-contagious.

He said for 80% of Massachusetts residents, it will feel like the flu, but for the other 20%, it would be worse.

Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

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As of yesterday, restaurants and bars can not have dine-in service.

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.