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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 2,417 positive coronavirus cases as of today, March 26, an increase of 579 new cases. Yesterday, there were 1,838 cases.

Massachusetts public health officials announced 25 individuals have died of COVID-19, since the pandemic began.

Framingham announced its first COVID-19 fatality today, March 26, and said a total of 36 residents have tested positive. The City said 8 have recovered.

As of noon, today, March 26, the centers for Disease Control (CDC) has 68,440 cases and 994 deaths. There were 737 deaths yesterday.

There is no tested vaccine for Covid-19 in the United States.

Governor Charlie Baker announced yesterday the earliest Massachusetts schools could re-open is Monday, May 4.

Today, the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released guidelines for online learning. The Massachusetts Teachers Association supports the guidelines.

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The Governor announced a new coronavirus alert system that will let residents get updates from state officials sent directly to their cell phones.

Text COVIDMA to 888-777 to sign up.

As of noon on Tuesday, all non-essential businesses must work remotely or close.

Click here for a list of essential businesses.

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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 Health Director Sam Wong advised against gatherings of any size.

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.