Massachusetts is “still very much in the grip of the pandemic,” said Gov. Baker.
There is no cure and no vaccine, reminded the Governor, speaking at a press conference today.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts reported 1,556 new COVID-19 positive cases within the last 24 hours. Yesterday, the Commonwealth reported 1566 cases.
The state yesterday released a new portal full of data on COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts. Two of the charts are included in this report.
Massachusets Governor Charlie Baker has been saying for weeks the surge in COVID-19 cases was expected between April 10 and yesterday, April 20.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 41,199 positive cases since the pandemic began, as of April 21.
Really important for people to understand what is at stake, said Gov. Baker.
“Doing it wrong could create more hardship in the long run,” said the Governor.
“We are in this together Massachusetts,” said Gov. Baker. “We will come out of this stronger.”
As of today at 4 p.m., the state has tested 175,372
The Commonwealth announced 152 new deaths from COVID-19 today, April 21.
That brings the total since the pandemic began to 1,961 deaths.
(Editor’s Note: The state report does say the deaths it reports every 24 hours may not have happened in the last 24 hours.)
Middlesex County gas the most cases at 9,621. In comparison, Plymouth County only has 3,043 cases.
Framingham has the most cases in MetroWest, at 374 cases,as of Tuesday at noon.
The United States now has the post confirmed cases worldwide at 814,587, as April 21 at 3:30 p.m.
Worldwide, there are more than 2.54 million confirmed cases.
The Centers for Disease Control is reporting 41,758 deaths as of noon on April 20.
The U,S. is leading the world in COVID-19 deaths., Italy is second with 24,648 deaths.
Of the 41,758 deaths in the United States, 14,604 are from New York.
It is important for residents to continue to practice social distancing.
Last month, the Governor said anyone entering the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The Governor extended his order for non-essential businesses to close or operate remotely until May 4. he said he would have an update on this order soon.
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 state has added a Spanish language component.