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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced there are now 328 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts, as of 4 p.m. today, March 19.

Yesterday, there were 256 cases.

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Framingham has 4 positive cases.

Town of Ashland now has 2 positive cases. The first case was announced last night and the second case less than 30 minutes ago.

Town of Natick has 3 cases, with 19 in quarantine, and 10 individuals who have tested negative.

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 10,442 cases, according to the Centers For Disease Control. Yesterday, there were 7,038 cases

There are now cases in all 50 states.

There have been 150 deaths due to the coronavirus, according to the Centers For Disease Control.

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Massachusetts Governor sCharlie Baker has 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.

But unlike the flu, there is no tested vaccine for Covid-19 in the United States.

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.