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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 6,620 positive coronavirus cases as of today, March 31, an increase of 868 new cases. Yesterday, there were 5,752 cases.

Massachusetts public health officials announced 33 more deaths since yesterday bringing the total in the Commonwealth who have died from COVID-19, since the pandemic began at 89

Nine of the deaths were from Middlesex County, which has1,340 coronavirus cases, the second-highest in the state. Suffolk County has the most at 1,373 cases.

Framingham announced its second fatality from COVID-19 today.

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.

Today, the City of Framingham announced 19 new cases since yesterday. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the City since the pandemic is 77 – 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 177,452.

As of noon today, March 30, the centers for Disease Control (CDC) has 163,539 cases and 2,860 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.

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Today, the Governor extended his order for non-essential businesses to close or operate remotely until May 4.

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.

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.

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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.