Gov. Baker: ‘If You Don’t Need To Leave Home, Don’t!’; 13,837 COVID-19 Cases

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BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 13,837 positive coronavirus cases as of Monday, April 6 an increase of 1,337 new cases. Yesterday, there were more than 12,500 cases.

“This is one of the most challenging times we have ever faced,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

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

Gov. Baker said “If you don’t need to leave home, don’t!”

“No one really knows how many people will be lost to this virus,” said the Governor, but he said talking to public health experts the numbers will be “extraordinary.”

Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund announced by Governor today for vulnerable communities, in conjunction with Eastern Bank. The fund will start with $13 Million.

The Commonwealth announced 29 new deaths from COVID-19 today. That brings the total since the pandemic began to 260 deaths.

Middlesex County has the most positive cases at 2,950.

Framingham has the most cases in MetroWest, at 143 positive cases, as of today, April 5. The City of Framingham announced there have been 5 COVID-19 deaths in the City.

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 76,500 individuals. That number puts the Commonwealth fifth in the nation on the number of tests conducted by state.

The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 352,546, as of 2:45 p.m. today, April 6.

Worldwide, there are more than 1.3 million confirmed cases.

In America, the Centers For Disease Control has reported 8,910 deaths as of noon today, April 6.

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

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Last month, 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.

Last 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.

The CDC recommended last week, Americans were cloth masks in public.

Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer announced today, April 6 she will be wearing a mask.

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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