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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 4,955 positive coronavirus cases as of today, March 29, an increase of 698 new cases. Yesterday, there were 4,257 cases.

That is a 16.4% increase in the number of positive cases in one day.

Massachusetts public health officials announced 4 more deaths since yesterday bringing the total in the Commonwealth who have died from COVID-19, since the pandemic began at 48.

Middlesex County has the most cases at 981.

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

Today, the City announced five new cases, bringing the total of positive cases to 46 in Framingham, the most of any MetroWest community.

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

More than 39,000 individuals have been tested, up from 35049, said the Commonwealth of Massachusetts today.

The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 135,499. Italy is second and China is third, according to John Hopkins.

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As of March 29 the centers for Disease Control (CDC) has 122,653 cases and 2,112 deaths.

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

Last week, 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.

Last week, 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.

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.

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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.