BOSTON – Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 18,941 positive coronavirus cases as of Thursday April 9, an increase of 2,151 new cases. Yesterday, there were more than 16,709 cases.
That is a 13.4% increase in the last 24 hours of positive cases.
The state said yesterday that ethnicity is now people tracked on positive cases, in addition to gender and age range.
The Commonwealth announced 70 new deaths from COVID-19 today. That brings the total since the pandemic began to 503 deaths.
Middlesex County has the most positive cases at 4,045.
The City of Framingham announced there have been 5 COVID-19 deaths in the City.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said his city saw the biggest increase in cases within a 24 hour period at 310 cases. The City of Boston has more than 2,800 cases.
As of today at 4 p.m., the state has tested almost 100,000 individuals – 94,958 to be exact.
The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 454,304, as of 3:30 p.m. today, April 9.
Worldwide, there are more than 1.5 million confirmed cases.
In America, the Centers For Disease Control has reported 14,696 deaths as of noon today, April 9.
There is no tested vaccine for COVID-19 in the United States.
Last month, the Governor said anyone entering the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
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.