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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 3,240 positive coronavirus cases as of today, March 27, an increase of 823 new cases. Yesterday, there were 2,417 cases.

Massachusetts public health officials announced 10 more deaths since yesterday bringing the total in the Commonwealth who have died from COVID-19, since the pandemic began at 35.

Massachusetts said there are 3,802 individuals subject to quarantine.

Framingham announced its first COVID-19 fatality on March 26.

Today, the City announced one new cases, bringing the total of positive cases to 37 in Framingham, the most of any MetroWest community.

The good news is the City of Framingham reported 10 individuals have recovered from the virus.

The Town of Ashland is reporting 5 positive cases of 4 p.m. today, March 27.

The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 94,238. Italy is second and China is third, according to John Hopkins.

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As of noon, today, March 27, the centers for Disease Control (CDC) has 85,356 cases and 1,246 deaths. There were 994 deaths yesterday.

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

As of today, anyone entering the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, said the Governor.

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

Yesterday, 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 this week 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.