BOSTON – Massachusets Governor Charlie Baker said the surge in COVID-19 cases is expected now through April 20.
On Thursday, April 9, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a total of 2,151 new cases – the most in a single 24-hour period in the state since the pandemic began.
Today, April 10, the Commonwealth said there were 2,033 new cases of the coronavirus, for total of 20,974.
Baker also said today, that 29% of those tested in the last 24 hours were positive for the virus.
As of today at 4 p.m., the state has tested 102,372 including 7,414 individuals in the last 24 hours, many of whom are in senior living facilities, added the Governor.
The Commonwealth announced 96 new deaths from COVID-19 today. That brings the total since the pandemic began to 599 deaths.
Middlesex County was second behind Suffolk County for the most cases with 4,447 positive COVID-19 tests.
The Mayor’s office maintains there have been 5 COVID-19 deaths in the City of Framingham.
A trio of residents at the Mary Ann Morse Healthcare system have also died.
The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 491,358, as of 4:30 p.m. today, April 10.
Worldwide, there are more than 1.68 million confirmed cases.
In America, the Centers For Disease Control has reported 16,570 deaths as of noon today, April 10.
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.
Today the system added a Spanish language component.
The CDC recommended last week, Americans were cloth masks in public. Governor Baker encouraged the masks.
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.