BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced there are now 646 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts, as of today, Sunday, March 22.
Yesterday, there were 525 cases.
Massachusetts public health officials announced 5 individuals in the Commonwealth have died from COVId-19.
The latest deaths were three men. Two men in their 70s from Hampden and Berkshire counties, and one in his 90s from Suffolk County.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said on Twitter he was deeply saddened to learn of the city’s first resident to die from COVID-19.
The first two cases was a man in his 80s from Winthrop and a woman in her 50s from Ayer. Both had existing conditions.
For the first time since Massachusetts Public Healrth officials began releasing the coronavirus numbers daily, the cases were broken down by age group.
Sunday’s figures show the majority of cases are actually in people ages 40-49, with 134 cases for that demographic.
This is followed by 119 cases in people ages 50-59; 112 cases in people ages 30-39; and 93 cases in people ages 20-29.
There are 87 cases in people ages 60-69, and there are 83 cases in people over the age of 70.
Massachusetts also reports 18 cases in people under the age of 19.
The majority of the confirmed cases in the Bay State continue to be in Middlesex County with 199 people.
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 & Sunday.
Governor Charlie Baker said as of 4 p.m. Sunday, more than 6,000 Massachusetts residents have been tested.
GovernorBaker 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.
It is important for residents to continue to practice social distancing.
Mayor Yvonne Spicer declared a State of Emergency, today, March 22.
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.