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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 12,500 positive coronavirus cases as of Sunday, April 5 an increase of 764 new cases. Yesterday, there were more than 11,736 cases.

Massachusetts public health officials announced 15 more deaths since yesterday bringing the total in the Commonwealth who have died from COVID-19, since the pandemic began at 231.

Framingham announced its fourth & fifth fatality from COVID-19 yesterday.

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Framingham has the most cases in MetroWest, at 143 positive cases, as of today, April 5.

The City of Marlborough has 60 positive test results and Ashland has 18 positive COVID-19 cases.

The Governor said the surge in cases could come between April 10-April 20.

He said the medical forecast is for as many as 172,000 cases in Massachusetts.

As of today at 4 p.m., the state has tested 71,937 individuals. That number puts the Commonwealth fifth in the nation on the number of tests conducted by state.

City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh today, April 5 recommended a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in the city starting Monday.

He also said people should not use medical-grade masks but cloth masks if out in public, as the medical masks are needed by healthcare workers.

The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 331.151 as of 3:30 p.m. today, April 5.

Worldwide, there are more than 1 million confirmed cases.

In America, the Centers For Disease Control has reported 7,616 deaths as of noon today, April 5.

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

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

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

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Earlier this week, 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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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.