BOSTON – Massachusetts public health officials announced tonight, March 21, the Commonwealth’s second death from the coronavirus.
A Middlesex County woman in her 50s died as a result of the illness caused by the coronavirus, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
UPDATE: State Sen. Jamie Eldridge said the woman is from Ayer.
The woman had a pre-existing condition that made her more susceptible to severe complications, according to state health officials.
The first death was a man in his 80s, with a pre-existing condition, from Winthrop.
More than 5,200 individuals have been tested for the virus in Massachusetts.
There are 15,219 cases in the United States, with 201 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control. The CDC is not updating numbers on saturday nor Sunday.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie 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.
Unlike the flu, there is no vaccine for COVID-19.
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.
It is important for residents to continue to practice social distancing.
Framingham Public Schools have been closed since Thursday, March 12, and are not scheduled to re-open until April 7, at lease. The Governor ordered all schools in the Commonwealth closed between March 17, and April 6.
Restaurants and bars in Massachusetts can only due take-out and delivery through at least April 6.