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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 5,752 positive coronavirus cases as of today, March 30, an increase of 797 new cases. Yesterday, there were 4,955 cases.

Massachusetts public health officials announced 8 more deaths since yesterday bringing the total in the Commonwealth who have died from COVID-19, since the pandemic began at 56.

Middlesex County has the most cases at 1,141.

Governor Charlie Baker said today Massachusetts could see a surge in cases between April 7-17.

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

Today, the City of Framingham announced a dozen new cases since yesterday. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the City since the pandemic is 58 – that is the most in MetroWest.

The good news is the City of Framingham reported 18 individuals have recovered from the virus.

More than 43,000 individuals have been tested in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts today.

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The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 156,931. Italy is second and China is third, according to John Hopkins.

As of noon today, March 30, the centers for Disease Control (CDC) has 140,904 cases and 2,405 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. The Governor said he may extend the closure date for non-essential workers today, but that an official announcement will come on Tuesday. Click here for a list of essential businesses.

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.

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.