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FRAMINGHAM – As of today, March 23, there are now 4 positive cases of the coronavirus in the Town of Ashland, according to Town Manager Michael Herbert.

Town of Ashland has declared a local state of emergency, via the Select Board and the Board of Health.

Town Manager Herbert said all Town of Ashland parks & playgrounds will be closed effective Tuesday, March 24.

“I’ve received a lot of calls and concerns about the trash program,” said Herbert. He said he will have update soon, after having a conversation with the DPW director.

There are 777 cases, and 9 deaths in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as of 4 p.m. today.

As of noon, the centers for Disease Control (CDC) has 33,404 cases and 400 deaths.

Governor Charlier Baker has said that non-essential businesses must work remotely or close as of noon, Tuesday, March 24.

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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.

Click here for a list of essential businesses.

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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.

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It is important for residents to continue to practice social distancing.

Governor. Baker advised residents to stay-at-home today.

The latest Baker-Polito order advises no more than 10 people in social gatherings.

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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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.