BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced there are now 777 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts, as of today, March 23.
Yesterday, there were 646 cases.
Massachusetts public health officials announced 4 more individuals in the Commonwealth have died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths to nine.
As of noon, the centers for Disease Control (CDC) has 33,404 cases and 400 deaths.
There is no tested vaccine for Covid-19 in the United States.
Essential businesses and services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open.
Services vital to Framingham’s public health and safety – such as police and fire responses and trash collection will continue.
Businesses that are not essential, and stay open, can be fined.
A first offense would result in a warning, followed by a $300 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine or prison time for additional offenses, according to the state’s guidelines.
Cities & towns would be responsible for enforcement, said the Governor.
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 on Sunday, March 22.
City of Framingham announced it now has 14 coronavirus cases.