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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 7,738 positive coronavirus cases as of today, April 1, an increase of 1,118 new cases. Yesterday, there were 6,620 cases.

That is a 16.8% increase in cases in the last 24 hours.

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 122.

Framingham announced its third fatality from COVID-19 today.

Middlesex County has 1,582 coronavirus cases, the second-highest in the state. Suffolk County has the most at 1,624 cases.

Framingham has the most cases in MetroWest, at 86 positive cases.

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

The state reported 51,738 individuals have been tested, with 7,738 testing positive.

The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 206,207.

As of noon today, April 1, the centers for Disease Control (CDC) has 186,101 cases and 3,603 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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Yesterday, 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.